The members of IBC Finland represent key players in the Finnish industrial biotechnology industry. The members of IBC Finland are:




Aalto University, is a multidisciplinary university in the fields of science and technology, economics, architecture, and art & design, employing 380 professors with student body of 20,000. School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) is one of Aalto’s six schools, with research areas related to new materials and sustainable processing of natural resources. 

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2) is at the forefront of cutting-edge biotechnology and forest products technologies. Research at Bio2 focuses on products derived from nature through green chemistry or biotechnological methods. Bio2’s core competencies include industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, biochemical processing and lignocellulosic biomass treatment. 

Bioprocess engineering laboratory emphasizes on fermentative production and downstream processing of biochemicals viz. proteins, biofuels, acids, biopolymers, and rare sugars. Current research is also striving to utilize in-situ bacterial cellulose modifications for its high-end applications. Modeling and control of continuous biochemical reactions with design and operation of modified bioreactors is also encompassed. 

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)


Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research and expert organization promoting bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. Luke comprises the state research institutes MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Forest Research Institute, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Luke brings together expertise in renewable natural resources and responsible food production and provides innovative solutions that promote new business activities. The cross-disciplinary research data and expertise support responsible decision-making both domestically and internationally. Research on natural resources benefits the consumers by providing information on health and well-being, and by supporting the vitality of Finnish nature.



Roal Ltd is one of the world´s largest enzyme companies. We produce enzymes for different industrial applications, e.g. baking, food, technical and feed industries. Our core competence areas are Trichoderma,  Bacillus and Aspergillus production platforms. In our process we combine modern biotechnical research and knowledge with state-of-the-art technology and professional personnel.
Roal Oy was established in 1991 as a joint venture by former Finnish Alko Ltd and German Röhm Enzyme GmbH. Both companies had a decades-long history in enzyme research and production. Today we are proud to be owned by Altia Corporation  and Associated British Foods plc. In the marketing and selling our products we co-operate with AB Enzymes GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany. Over 90 % of our products are exported globally.
Roal´s turnover for the past  fiscal year 2011-12 was  about  47 million Euros.  We currently employ about 120 professionals at Rajamäki, 50 km north of Finland´s capital Helsinki.


University of Turku

As one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers a wide range of high-quality education and research in the field of Biotechnology. Situated in the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the biotechnology research involves molecular biotechnology and novel in vitro diagnostic methods, analytical applications of novel bioaffinity assays, label technologies, recombinant proteins as well as genetically engineered antibodies.

At the faculty of Medicine, top-level research is conducted in medicine, dentistry and nursing. Areas of strength include bioimaging, material sciences, molecular biosciences, health technologies and cardiovascular and metabolic research in which experimental and clinical studies are successfully combined.

Turku Centre for Biotechnology CBT is a joint department of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University providing high-end technologies and expertise to academic and industrial researchers. CBT offers state-of-the-art technology platforms and expertise in the areas of genomics, proteomics and imaging as well as viral vectors and x-ray crystallography. The University also offers education and degree programmes in Biotechnology, e.g. the International Master's Degree Programme in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multitechnological applied research organization providing high technology solutions and innovation services. We also have comprehensive expertise in industrial biotechnology, food technology, pharmaceutical development and diagnostics.

Our focus is on effective use of renewable natural resources in the production of industrial chemicals, biofuels and materials using enzyme biotools and cell factories. VTT hosts the Centre of Excellence in White Biotechnology – Green Chemistry, nominated by the Academy of Finland. VTT has large global networks both with the industry and academia. We employ  3150 professionals, from which approximately 500 are working in the area of biotechnology.

Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU)    

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. ÅAU has an acknowledged position at the forefront of research in areas such as process chemistry, material sciences, biosciences, and computer science.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has strong relations to industries, research institutes and universities nationally as well as internationally. The faculty staff includes nearly 40 professors and 150 doctoral students, in whole about 500 scientists and teachers. The faculty has around 1150 students. Profile areas include Molecular process and material technology, Drug development and diagnostics (co-operation with University of Turku), Future Refining of Forest Biomass, and Functional Materials at Biological Interfaces.

Turku Centre for Biotechnology CBT is a joint department of Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku providing high-end technologies and expertise to academic and industrial researchers. CBT offers state-of-the-art technology platforms and expertise in the areas of genomics, proteomics and imaging as well as viral vectors and x-ray crystallography. ÅAU also offers education and degree programs in Biosciences. In co-operation with the University of Turku, ÅAU also offers an international master’s program in Biomedical Imaging (BIMA).



In a few decades, St1 has developed from a Finnish petrol station chain into a Nordic energy group whose vision is to be a producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. Throughout its history, St1 has maintained its entrepreneurial operating model, as well as the passion to see and do things in a new way. St1 operates in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The focus of our operations is on fuels marketing activities and renewable energy solutions as well as developing and refining liquid fuels.



Founded in 1919, Kiilto Oy is a Finnish, family-owned producer of chemical industry products for construction and industry. Our business involves the development, manufacturing and marketing of adhesives and closely related products – comprehensive expertise on fastening.

Tampere University

Tampere University

The new Tampere Universities community was launched on 1 January 2019. The University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology were merged to create Tampere University. It will join forces with Tampere University of Applied Sciences in order to develop a new operational model in Finnish higher education.



At Kemira, we use our chemistry to improve your everyday. We add optimal quality, functionality and strength to paper and board products, we ensure safety and hygiene of water and food packaging, and we maximize yield from energy resources. Our areas of expertise are pulp & paper, water intensive industries & municipal water treatment, and oil & gas. Through our global network of dedicated experts, production facilities and R&D centers, we serve customers around the world and improve their product quality, resource efficiency and sustainability.



Orion is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company - a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company is continuously developing new drugs and treatment methods. The core therapy areas of Orion's pharmaceutical R&D are central nervous system (CNS) disorders, oncology and respiratory diseases for which Orion develops inhaled Easyhaler® pulmonary drugs.

The University of Oulu

The University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education. The University cooperates closely with industry and commerce, and has broad connections with hundreds of international research and educational institutions. The research and education on industrial biotechnology is conducted at Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory which operates at the Department of Process and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Technology. The main focus areas of the laboratory include biorefining technologies, high throughput bioprocess development, and development and optimization of recombinant production processes.