Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Puhka, Maija
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Extracellular Vesicle Core facility
Decision No. 337641
Decision date 30.11.2020
Funding period 01.07.2020 - 30.11.2021
Funding 472 005
Project description
The world’s first research infrastructure for extracellular vesicles (EVs), the EV Core, was opened in 2016 in the University of Helsinki. EVs are small lipid surrounded particles secreted by all cells. EVs act as important intercellular communication vehicles and transport a compilation of molecules. They are a hot topic in basic research and offer potential applications for biomarkers, drug delivery and applications for environment, food and cosmetics. EVs require highly specialized technologies and as a pioneer in the field EV Core provides key research services for researchers in academia, hospitals, and companies. To respond to the fast growing needs, EV Core develops technologies and services of orthogonal single-particle analysis and high-throughput sample preparations. EV Core leads the creation of a national EV technology network (EVTEchnet) with proven ability to function as a collaborative platform for academia, companies and biobanks.