The function of TCDM relies on the strong biomedical research on the research groups involved. All the research groups are involved in the activities of BioCity Turku, that is an umbrella organization supporting and coordinating life science and molecular medicine related research in the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and is one of the leading biotechnology centers in Finland.
In the area of disease modeling the special know-how at TCDM include:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Hormonal diseases and hormonal cancer
- Hypo- and hyper thyroidism
- Intestinal diseases
- Skeletal diseases
Turku area has also strong tradition in pharmaceutical industry, and TCDM research groups have active collaboration with pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry located in the Turku region.