Biocenter Kuopio is formed by groups of University of Eastern Finland. In addition Kuopio University Hospital and six companies are members of BCK.

Biocenter Kuopio administration is located in A. I. Virtanen Institute.

A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences

The A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland is a research institute with research profile on molecular medicine of major diseases of high importance for health care. These diseases include cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolism-related diseases. The strong research subareas include:

  • molecular and cellular mechanisms of diseases
  • disease modelling
  • prevention and therapy of the diseases: gene and cell-based therapy, pharmaceutical intervention
  • in vitro and in vivo imaging

A. I. Virtanen Institute harbors Center of Excellence for Research in Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetesand is included in the Nordic Center of Excellence in Neurodegeneration.

Doctoral training and education are carried out in the Doctoral Program in Molecular Medicine. The Doctoral Program combines systematic doctoral training and research expertise in molecular medicine at the A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences and the School of Medicine in the University of Eastern Finland. . A. I. Virtanen Institute also ran a Master's School with two international MSc degree programs. During 2007-2009, A. I. Virtanen Institute held a status as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching awarded by FINHEEC.

The total number of personnel, including the students, is 220. The proportion of foreigners is 20 %. A. I. Virtanen Institute is located in the Kuopio campus of University of Eastern Finland.