Research equipment and infrastructure
Institute of Pharmacy is located in a completely renovated building in the Biomedicum university campus area. The laboratories are modern and offer a possibility to perform a high-level research work. Past 10-15 years, numerous new research equipment and manufacturing process technologies have been purchased to the Institute.
Chemical analysis and physical solid-state material characterization:
- High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
- Gas chromatography
- Raman, portable NIR, FT-IR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy
- Portable polarized light microscopy
- Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
- Tensile strength tester
- Contact angle measuring system
- Automated dissolution test system
Manufacturing process technologies:
- A robotized electrospinning system
- Ultrasound-enhanced electrospinning system (USES)
- Cryogenic ball-mill
- High-shear melt granulator
- Rotary tablet press
- Miniaturized tablet coater
- 3D printer
Modernised semi-automatic dissolution testing apparatuses and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) enable the solubility and dissolution studies in vitro. In addition, the Institute of Pharmacy has a strong expertise in developing and conducting animal studies for revealing the performance of drugs and pharmaceutical preparations in vivo.
Collaboration with the other institutes allows us to use also XRPD and high-resolution SEM for structural analysis. Furthermore, the access to fully equipped tissue culture laboratory in the Department of Immunology, Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine or Institute of Technology is granted to our researchers.
Institute of Technology has also BSL II lab facilities and equipment to conduct antibacterial studies (growing, cloning, general molecular biology) using different bacteria/strains: flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, real-time PCR; mass spectrometry, electrophoresis.
In these laboratories, optical, fluorescent and confocal microscopy can be utilized for cell culture (eucaryotic, bacterial) experiments. For conducting animal experiments, the UT has a certified and fully equipped animal house (vivarium) for small laboratory animals (mice, rats).
An international research collaboration and networks provide even a broader platform for the research works including short and long-term research visits to the collaboration partner institutions. For example, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), confocal Raman microscopy (CARS), and scanning white light interferometry (SWLI) analyses at the University of Helsinki (Finland) have been successfully integrated in the PhD studies in Pharmacy.
Moreover, several polymer characterisation and analytical methods at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the ink-jet and 3D printing equipment at the Åbo Academy University (Finland), and an important liposome characterisation equipment at the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsö have been used in the PhD research works of the Institute.