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2012 © Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM

Launch of FIMM

In March 2006, the Ministry of Eduaction commissioned the University of Helsinki to begin preparatory work to establish a research institute for molecular medicine as a joint undertaking with other biocentre universities as well as with other institutions in the field. The initiative of a group of experts nominated by the Academy of Finland and the Biotechnology 2005 committee report of the Ministry of Education formed the background for the assignment.

The University Senate decided to establish an international centre for molecular medicine on 20 September, 2006. The Senate approved its regulations on 13 December 2006. The regulations will enter into effect on 1 April, 2007.

Besides the University of Helsinki, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL; formerly National Public Health Institute, KTL) are involved in the establishment of the Institute. The Ministry of Education as well as The City of Helsinki, Orion Corporation, Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Sigrid Jusélius Foundation , the Finnish Medical Foundation and Orion-Farmos Research Foundation provide financial support for the Institute. Biocentre universities and research institutes in the field have the opportunity to join the Institute.


Establishment Documents

  1. Initiative for the Establishment of a Molecular Medicine Research Centre in Finland in co-operation with EMBL (Academy of Finland 2003)
  2. Biotechnology 2005 (Reports of the Ministry of Education, Finland 2005:43)
  3. Report of the Ministry of Education ( in Finnish)
  4. Decision of the University Senate of the establisment of the Institute (20.9.2006) (in Finnish)


  1. Decision of the University Senate of the regulations of the Institute (13.12.2006) (in Finnish)
  2. Regulations of FIMM (7.9.2010)
  3. Decision of the University Senate to nominate Board members (14.2.2007) (in Finnish)