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Arto Urtti, Ph.D. 

Drug Delivery and Nanotechnology


Arto Urtti received his Ph.D. in Pharmacy in 1986 (University of Kuopio, Finland). He served as Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and professor of Biopharmaceutics at University of Kuopio.

Dr. Urtti has obtained international research experience as a post-doctoral fellow (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kansas) and visiting professor (Dept. of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Francisco and Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Wisconsin).

Professor Urtti has led the CDR at the University of Helsinki since 2005. Professor Urtti has authored more than 220 peer-reviewed articles and 20 patents and patent applications.

Arto Urtti has received numerous scientific awards including:

  • Innovation Award
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Fellowship
  • Honorary Membership of the Finnish Pharmacists’ Association
  • Albert Wuokko Prize
  • Millennium Distinction Award

He has served as editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and as editorial board member for many other international journals. Professor Urtti has evaluated grant applications for the scientific funding organizations of more than 10 countries and the European Union. Professor Urtti’s main research fields include drug delivery (controlled release, computational and cell-based methods for ADME research) and nanotechnology (biomaterial structures for drug and gene targeting and for 3-d cell cultures).


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