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Blood Service makes donation to the Future Fund of the University of Helsinki

10/30/2015 13:40

The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service is donating EUR 750,000 to promote medical and pharmaceutical education and research. For the purpose of this donation, a Blood Service Fund has been established in connection with The 375 Future Fund of the University of Helsinki.

​- We want to support the development of medical research and create opportunities for example for the utilisation of new cellular therapies, says Martti Syrjälä, the Chief Executive of Blood Service.

The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service is responsible for Finland's national blood product supply, including various types of laboratory services, cellular therapies and support services for organ transplants. In addition to these services, the Blood Service performs research and development work and actively participates in international development in its field. As proof of our active research work, a total of 59 doctoral theses have been completed at the Blood Service.

The activities of the Blood Service are funded through fees charged for its products and services. The Blood Service is a non-profit organisation, operating for the public good. Any financial surplus is used for operational development and for investments important to meeting future operational requirements. The donation will provide significant support for scientific research and health care for the future.