Kuopio is a forerunner in health, environment and wellbeing expertise. Kuopio combines a constantly developing operating environment with versatile education and research knowledge.
Kuopio’s leading areas of expertise are wellbeing and health technology, while strongly emerging areas include ICT, robotics and cleantech, bioeconomy and functional foods as well as special fields such as neuroscience.
FinVector, a manufacturer of gene and viral-based medicine, is a great example of a company that was born out of the university-based top expertise in Kuopio. In addition to FinVector, there are several other successful wellbeing and health technology companies in the Kuopio region, including NewIcon, Medfiles, GE Healthcare and Charles River.
In Kuopio, cleantech, i.e. environmental and climate expertise, is a developing area of business. Savonia University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland and Geological Survey of Finland are coordinating a national cleantech program specializing in mine water management. Water know-how is an up-and-coming field across the province as well.
Kuopio has numerous development platforms that allow businesses to test their products and services. One example is Kuopio Living Lab, a product development and testing service concept created by three expert organizations (Kuopio University Hospital, City of Kuopio and Savonia University of Applied Sciences).
Enhancement of the operations of Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea in Kuopio should continue, and the operations of Emergency Services Academy Finland should be developed and strengthened. The Emergency Services Academy stands out globally due to its expertise, and the Academy is also home to a training ground, which is significant on a European scale.
Human Security Finland is a national development and crisis management business network. Human Security Finland provides services to support businesses operating in disaster and conflict areas, unstable states and developing countries. The network consists of c. 70 businesses representing different fields and works in cooperation with the authorities, organizations and research and educational institutions.