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PATIENT HOTEL TO OPEN ON FINNMEDI, TAMPERE LIFE SCIENCES CAMPUS IN 2011

TECHNOPOLIS PRESS RELEASE    MAY 18, 2010 AT 13:00 


PATIENT HOTEL TO OPEN ON FINNMEDI, TAMPERE LIFE SCIENCES CAMPUS IN 2011

Technopolis Finnmedi is a new campus specializing in healthcare technology and
life sciences services in Tampere. On Tuesday, May 18, Technopolis and
Norlandia Care Oy have signed an agreement on the construction of a patient
hotel at the Finnmedi campus. 

Technopolis Finnmedi has three elements: a patient hotel, an office complex,
and an oculist center. Technopolis Finnmedi will be built at an excellent
location right next to the Tampere University Hospital, the Tampere University
of Applied Sciences and the Tampere University. 

All three project phases will start simultaneously in May 2010. The life
sciences campus is scheduled to be completed late in 2011. Technopolis Finnmedi
will also include parking space for approximately 150 vehicles. 

Satu Eskelinen, Director of Technopolis Tampere, is satisfied with the
deal:”The patient hotel is an exciting new direction for Technopolis. The hotel
complements the services of the hospital area as well as creates significant
synergies with the other companies operating on the campus. I'm extremely
pleased with the fact that the people in Tampere have the courage to invest in
this new type of business concept despite the current economic downswing,” says
Eskelinen. 

Ole Ursin-Smith, a representative of the patient hotel tenant Norlandia Care
Oy, is also enthusiastic about the potential of the new campus: “Our service
concept is the first of its kind in Finland, and we are truly excited. Tampere
is an excellent location for launching this new type of business, and the
campus provides ample opportunities for innovative collaboration with new
partners.” 

”Extensive experience in the Nordic countries has shown that a patient hotel
provides patients privacy, offers their next of kin an opportunity to stay
close to their loved one, reduces the risk of hospital infections, and
decreases travelling costs. The hotel environment is also more comfortable and
relaxing than a hospital. Such an environment will help patients recover more
quickly while allowing them to feel secure that the hospital is right next
door. The patient hotel is an alternative to a more traditional hotel in the
downtown area, and we guarantee that it will provide the same level of quality
services,” Ursin-Smith says. 

Technopolis has more than 100 customer companies in Tampere as a whole. With
the Finnmedi campus, Technopolis' total facility portfolio in Tampere will
increase to more than 74,600 m2. The patient hotel project is estimated to cost
approximately EUR 13.6 million. Once completed, it will cover nearly 7,000 m2. 
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Technopolis Plc is a leading listed company specializing in business
environments and services for knowledge-based companies. The Technopolis
service portfolio combines business and development services as well as modern
facilities. At present, approximately 16,000 people work and almost 1,200
companies do business at Technopolis facilities in Espoo, Helsinki, Jyväskylä,
Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere and Vantaa as well as St. Petersburg,
Russia. Technopolis Plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. 

Additional information: 

Technopolis Plc

Satu Eskelinen
Director of Technopolis Tampere
Tel. 050 655 70

Keith Silverang
CEO
Tel. +358 40 566 7785


Norlandia Care Oy

Ole Ursin-Smith
COO
Tel. +47 900 63 595
 
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