Our team

We are a comprehensive mix of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs. Our team brings together expertise in medical sciences, artificial intelligence and different life sciences industries.

Management & Founders

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Jukka is the CEO of Aiforia and prior to joining the company he held various executive positions over the past 25 years in international IT and software businesses such as at SAP and HP. Some of the wealth of experience includes: leading enterprise software sales for healthcare industries as well as overseeing global business development, building strategic partnerships and scaling-up growth companies. He holds an MSc degree in Economics.

Jukka Tapaninen Chief Executive Officer

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Kaisa Helminen is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Aiforia. Kaisa joined Aiforia in 2014 and has previously worked for international companies Sartorius, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and a Finnish biotech company Finnzymes Oy. Kaisa has a strong background in life science sector where she has gained almost 20 years of experience in the global business. She has a wealth of experience in global sales, marketing and strategic product management in life science businesses. She holds an MSc degree in Biochemistry.

Kaisa Helminen Chief Operating Officer

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Johan is one of the co-founders of Aiforia as well as a Research Director at the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine (FIMM) at University of Helsinki and Professor of Medical Technology at Karolinska Institute. For more than 15 years he has developed technologies for diagnostic decision support with cloud-based and mobile solutions that allow the process to be performed remotely, by a human observer or using automated computerized analysis.

Johan Lundin, MD, PhD Chief Scientific Officer, Co-founder

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Mikael works as the Director of Concept Design at Aiforia. He is a pioneer in web-based virtual microscopy and has launched the first practical applications in 2002. He has published a series of central studies in virtual microscopy together with key opinion leaders in related fields. Mikael is fluent in a wide range of programming languages, and he has a special interest in database design and imaging.

Mikael Lundin, MD Director of Concept Design, Co-founder

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Kari, M.Sc.Tech, is one of the co-founders of Aiforia. Kari is an experienced life-science entrepreneur having worked in the industry for over 30 years. He was one of the founders and Director of Marketing at Finnzymes Oy for 25 years, until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2010.

Kari Pitkänen Director of Business Development, Co-founder

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Tuomas Ropponen, MSc Tech, is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Aiforia. Tuomas has extensive experience in developing deep learning AI and machine vision based systems and cloud infrastructures. He has previously worked for more than 20 years in international companies Outotec and Sartorius Biohit. Tuomas was one of the founders of Delta-Enterprise, known today as Roima Intelligence Inc.

Tuomas Ropponen Chief Technology Officer

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Sales & Marketing

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Thomas received his PhD in cancer biology, focusing on the cell cycle and transcription, from the University of Helsinki Medical School in Finland. He completed a post-doctoral EMBO fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, researching the genomics of breast and prostate cancer. Tom joined Aiforia to advance the new potential of cancer biology, pathology, big data, and artificial intelligence.

Thomas Westerling-Bui, PhD Director, Scientific Strategy and Business Development

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Bill Maloy is the Sales Director for Aiforia’s North American operations. His focus is on broadening the company’s reach within the pharmaceutical and research industries across the region and building long term strategic partnerships with our customers. Bill has close to 20 years experience in sales and marketing within cloud and SaaS based startups with a focus on the life sciences sector, such as Cartagenia & GenomeQuest.

Bill Maloy US Sales Director

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Joeri Blauw MSc, MBA is the Sales Director for Aiforia’s European operations. Joeri has over 20 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. He has worked with AstraZeneca, Roche, Medtronic and Philips, in a variety of medical specialties, ranging from cardiology to pathology. In his last assignment he was responsible for European digital pathology sales in the life sciences businesses. Joeri’s focus is to expand Aiforia’s R&D business, as well as to introduce Aiforia’s platform into the clinical diagnostics space.

Joeri Blauw European Sales Director

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Mikael Jääskeläinen is responsible for global sales and customer relations management for Aiforia. Mikael joined Aiforia in March 2014 having previously worked for international companies Sartorius, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Finnish biotech company Finnzymes Oy. Mikael has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing in the life science sector.

Mikael Jääskeläinen European Sales Manager

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Emma holds an MSc in microbiology and immunology from University College London. Prior to returning to Finland and joining Aiforia she worked in marketing and communications for a number of years across biotech and pharma, living in Cambridge, UK while working at Amgen and then Abcam.

Emma Vehviläinen Head of Marketing

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Mariia has a degree in marketing from Lahti University of Applied Sciences. She has experience in online marketing and communications. Prior to joining Aiforia she worked at Rovio Entertainment. At Aiforia, Mariia is responsible for social media, digital ads, and the website management.

Mariia Kuleva Marketing Coordinator

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Science Team

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Sami’s PhD dissertation, from the University of Helsinki’s Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), provides novel tools for the analysis of tumor tissue in prostate cancer. From specializing in the fields of translational cancer research and in vitro diagnostics Sami’s work now extends to the development of tissue staining and imaging methods for pathology. At Aiforia Sami dedicates his time to developing AI models for a wide variety of applications while managing a large in-house annotation team.

Sami Blom, PhD Director of Application Development

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After completing her DVM at the University of Helsinki and working at an animal veterinary practice, Anna started the Veterinary Pathology Residency program, finalizing her PhD in viral epidemiology and diagnostics in 2015. Anna then received a national specialization degree in infectious animal diseases. Anna now combines her scientific expertise with her knowledge of deep learning as an AI pathologist at Aiforia. Her goal is to help transform pathology from descriptive to quantitative science in order to unleash the data hidden in tissues. 

Anna Knuuttila, DVM PhD BSc Econ Senior Scientist

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Hanna-Kaisa is a board-certified veterinary pathologist and holds over a decade’s experience in the field of diagnostics as well as research pathology. Her PhD from the University of Helsinki focused on muscle degeneration, but over the years she has also worked with cancer and inflammatory disease models. Hanna-Kaisa is excited by the new possibilities that AI-based image analysis provides for improving the accuracy and quantification of pathology data. At Aiforia she provides pathology expertise for AI model development.

Hanna-Kaisa Sihvo, DVM PhD Dipl ECVP Senior Scientist

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Lindsey is an experienced neuroscience researcher with a strong background in electrophysiology, surgery, stereotactic viral injections, animal husbandry, and wet bench techniques. During graduate and post-graduate training her research was dedicated to a wide variety of neuropathologies and diseases such as elucidating mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. In her current role at Aiforia, Lindsey assists researchers world-wide to create custom algorithms that profoundly expedite data analysis while simultaneously reducing human bias in data processing.

Lindsey Smith, PhD Field Application Scientist

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Darshan has a background in biomedical sciences from Leiden University with a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from Helsinki University. He has versatile experience from virology and immunology to food sciences, structural biology, and microscopy. At Aiforia, Darshan is responsible for AI model creation, customer on-boarding, user problem solving and ultimately ensuring customer success in creating and deploying AI models for image analysis tasks and challenges. Scientific creativity interests Darshan and working with end users for a successful project completion drives him.

Darshan Kumar, PhD Customer Success Scientist

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Board of Directors

Pekka

Pekka is the CEO of Desentum Oy. He holds board positions in several biotech and pharmaceutical companies. He is one of the founders of the Finnzymes Group and served as its CEO for 25 years until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2010.

Pekka Mattila Chairman of the Board

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Monica

Monita is a Hong Kong native with a professional career in Arthur Andersen NYC. She is a serial entrepreneur who has started three successful companies, including Ascend Capital Partners. She founded her own accounting firm in NYC in 1992 and her second company, Ascend Capital Partners in Beijing in 2002.

Monita Mo Board Member

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Johan is one of the co-founders of Aiforia as well as a Research Director at the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine (FIMM) at University of Helsinki and Professor of Medical Technology at Karolinska Institute.

 

Johan Lundin, MD PhD Board Member

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Timo Soininen

Timo is the CEO and co-founder of the rapidly growing gaming company, Small Giant Games. Timo is an experienced international digital growth executive and a startup activist with a strong concept building background.

Timo Soininen Board Member

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Scientific Advisory Board

Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD

Dr. Bui is a Professor of Pathology and the Scientific Director of Analytic Microscopy Core at Moffitt Cancer Center in the United States. She was the President of the Digital Pathology Association in 2019. She is recognized as an impactful leader in pathology. Dr. Bui's expertise ranges from sarcoma pathology, cytopathology, digital pathology, and cancer biomarker testing.

Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD Moffitt Cancer Center

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Anant Madabhushi, PhD

Dr. Madabhushi is an endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in the United States and also serves as the Director of the University’s Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD). He is also a Research Scientist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and holds an affiliate appointment at the Cleveland Clinic.

Anant Madabhushi, PhD Case Western Reserve University

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Yukako Yagi, PhD

Dr. Yagi is the Director of Pathology Digital Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York in the United States. She received her PhD from Tokyo Medical University in Japan and soon after won a Nikon Fellowship for two research years in teleradiology and pathology at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in the United States.

Yukako Yagi, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Professor Knowles is a global opinion leader in personalized medicine. He is currently a visiting Professor in Personalized Health Care at FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland) at the University of Helsinki and a visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, UK. He also serves on the boards of a number of biotech companies and major academic centres. Most notably he was the President of Group Research for the Roche Group for 12 years until 2010 and more recently the Chairman of the Board of both Adaptimmune Ltd and Immunocore Ltd.

Jonathan Knowles, PhD Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland and University of Oxford

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