One Hundred Actions from Oulu – 100th acknowledgement for the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District as the enabler of future health: Biobank Borealis and OuluHealth Labs

Biobank Borealis and OuluHealth Labs, which both contribute to the Future Hospital OYS 2030  programme, were awarded the final acknowledgement on the list of One Hundred Actions from Oulu. Both Biobank and OuluHealth Labs are significant projects and they mark the ending of the One Hundred Actions from Oulu campaign in an outstanding way.

Biobank Borealis started operating in July 2015 at the same time as it was listed in the national biobank register. Biobank stores a collection of biological human samples, such as tissue, cell and blood samples, which are used in medical research. The samples are collected with the permission of the donor patients. The founders of biobank are Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, University of Oulu, Nordlab and the Hospital Districts of Lapland, Länsi-Pohja, Keski-Pohjanmaa and Kainuu.

Oulu region provides good opportunities for ICT application areas connected with the excavation, data security and analysis of biobank information. The Biobank of Northern Finland utilises regional resources and competences as well as the internationally renowned successes of our country’s health care system. Biobank benefits the health care system and the patients by providing better and more efficient personalised health care being, at the same time, more cost efficient.

The second part of the 100 Actions from Oulu acknowledgement goes to OuluHealth Labs, due to be opened at the Kontinkangas campus site in autumn 2015. This innovation, testing and development environment for health technology and welfare services provides the enterprises a real-life environment in the different stages of their product development. The partners of OuluHealth Labs are Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, City of Oulu, and Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

Future Hospital 2030 is a programme whose aim is to renew the operations of the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and to build and renovate the properties in order for them to meet the present requirements as well as the future challenges. The estimated investment need for the Future Hospital 2030 programme in the near decades is €500 million. Biobank and OuluHealth Labs both contribute to ensure that the City of Oulu gains the leading position in the development of health technology.

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