University of Helsinki
FinnGen is one of the very first personalized medicine projects at this scale and the public-private collaborative nature of the project is exceptional compared to many ongoing studies. FinnGen brings together Finnish universities, hospitals and hospital districts, THL, Blood Service, biobanks and international pharmaceutical companies and hundreds of thousands of Finns.
FinnGen aims to improve human health through genetic research, and ultimately identify new therapeutic targets and diagnostics for treating numerous diseases. The collaborative nature of the project is exceptional compared to many ongoing studies, and all the partners are working closely together to ensure appropriate transparency, data security and ownership.
Due to the unique heritage of the Finnish population, genomic data can be analysed faster and more effectively than in populations of more heterogenous origins – significantly improving the chances of breakthrough findings. This makes Finland a great testbed for genomic research.