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Professor, Biopharmacy Centre for Drug Research University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Professor, School of Pharmacy University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

General information

Leading scientist's research interests: Ocular drug delivery

Quote by the head of the laboratory:

Drug delivery is a vastly important aspect for regenerative and remedial therapy. Many targets in the organism are hard to reach and we need to search for new ways for targeted transport of molecules of pharmaceuticals to target regions. In the created laboratory we research both chemical and cellular carrier systems to seek for the best means of drug transport for ocular diseases. Such systems are incredibly necessary with the wide spread of eye diseases that lea to blindness in millions of patients all around the world.

Scientific recognition

Awards and achievements:

2020 - Takeru & Aya Higuchi Memorial Lectureship Award (Japan)

2015 – Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun I luokan ritarimerkki (Knight, First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland) (Finland).

2014 – City of Kuopio, Golden Recognition Medal (Finland).

2014 – Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Golden Recognition Medal (Finland).

2014 – EUFEPS Senator (Sweden).

2013 – EUFEPS Distinguished Service Award (Sweden).

2012 – Member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (Finland).

2010 – EUREKA, success story (Belgium).

2009 – Millennium Distinction Award (Finland).

2003 – Albert Wuokko Award for Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist (Finland).

2002 – Honorary Member of Finnish Pharmacists’ Association (Finland).

2000 – American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Fellow (USA).

1998 – Foundation for New Technologies in Finland: Award for Innovation (Finland).

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