We have a large team contributing to Aiforia behind the scenes.
Meet the people who support you in sales, science, and product development.
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, PhDDirector, Scientific Strategy and Business Development
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 BlauwEuropean Sales Director
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 JääskeläinenEuropean Sales Manager
Sharon holds over 25 years of experience in medical and pharmaceutical sales. Prior to joining Aiforia she worked at Merck, Bausch & Lomb, Gillette OralB and Leica Biosystems. Throughout her career Sharon has been selling into both NHS and private hospitals in the UK as well as research, industry and educational institutions.
Sharon Musho'dUK Account Manager
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 VehviläinenHead of Marketing
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 KulevaJunior Digital Marketing Manager
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, PhDDirector of Application Development
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, PhDSenior Scientist
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.
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, PhDField Application Scientist
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, PhDCustomer Success Scientist
Juuso holds a PhD in biomedicine from the University of Helsinki. He is an experienced Research and Development Leader having worked at Oncos Therapeutics and Medix Biochemica before joining Aiforia in 2020. Juuso has contributed to projects within pharmaceutical, biotechnological and academic research around Europe. This strong research background and encounters with various scientific fields and environments developed his skills in networking, in-vitro and molecular diagnostics, regulatory management, and IPR.
Juuso Juhila, PhDDirector of Clinical Products
Tuomas is a board certified consulting clinical pathologist, working as a Chief Physician in the Helsinki University Hospital Diagnostic Center, Department of Pathology. He is responsible for diagnostics and development of urological pathology but his expertise extends to GI- and breast pathology. Tuomas is running a translational cancer research group in the University of Helsinki and has been utilizing digital images in his research for over 15 years. His interests are in combining digital pathology with imaging and biomarker studies, optimally by developing new AI-based tools.
Tuomas Mirtti, MD, PhDConsulting Clinical Pathologist
Nelli is a board-certified pathologist who in 2015 finished her MD at the University of Helsinki. Nelli became familiar with Aiforia through her ongoing PhD research project concerning AI models and their advantages in the field of diagnostic pathology. Her areas of interest are liver pathology and gastrointestinal pathology where she is looking forward to having new diagnostic tools to work with.
Nelli Sjöblom, MD, PhDConsulting Clinical Pathologist
Marja completed medical school at the University of Oulu in 2016, continuing into a Pathology Residency at the University of Helsinki to become a board-certified pathologist. She has simultaneously been working on a PhD project in nephropathology, one of her primary interests along with urinary pathology. Marja is excited to apply digital approaches and the possibilities of AI into the field of clinical pathology to assist diagnostics and to help with pathologists’ daily work load.
Marja Kovala, MDConsulting Clinical Pathologist
Anna obtained her medical degree from UCLA and completed her residency in Anatomic Pathology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, followed by fellowships in Women’s & Perinatal and Surgical/Head & Neck Pathology, and has been board certified since 2010. Anna has gathered extensive clinical experience, particularly in the diagnosis of women’s cancers, and is excited about the future role of AI in routine pathology practice.
Anna Laury, MDConsulting Clinical Pathologist
Liisa-Maija, M.Sc.Tech in bioinformation technology, leads the design of Aiforia software products. She has a versatile background in user experience and design, having worked as a consultant prior to joining Aiforia as the first UX employee. Liisa-Maija's passion is to make complex technology attractive and easy-to-use, applying her skills in a meaningful medical domain.