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Meet our Team

The Inga project team represents top-level entrepreneurial excellence in business, reproductive scientific research, and medical technology.

The team's Commercial Champion, Hanna Castrén-Niemi MBA, is a highly experienced C-level executive with a strong background in service and online business management, commercialization, and new business and software development. She has worked with both startups and well-established corporations and has served on the boards.

Our Technical Champion, Aki Laakso DI, has extensive experience in product development and R&D, with a focus on medical sensor products. He has co-founded a medical device start-up and served as its CTO, gaining expertise in various aspects of medical device commercialization.

Our Medical Lead Leena Rahkonen Doc., MD, and Clinical Research Lead Heidi Kruit MD are well-known industry leaders in the field of IOL, possessing decades of experience in clinical practice and academic research in the field. In addition to their clinical expertise, they are experienced entrepreneurs, having run private practices through their own companies for many years.

Our project's Principal Investigator is Lauri Parkkonen Ph.D., Professor from Aalto University, Department of Neuroscience & Biomedical Engineering. His educational background is in engineering physics, biomedical engineering, and neuroscience. He has decades of experience in medical technology companies from start-ups to established global market leaders.

Clinical research nurse, Midwife Joy Kanerva-Pulkkinen, works extensively in specialized wards for pregnant, delivering, and postpartum patients. She is experienced in several research projects related to labor induction and several years in pharmacy work. Bachelor of Science studies in social and health administration are currently ongoing.

Master's student Julia Laurila B. Eng., will join our team on January 1, 2024. She will be working on her master's thesis focused on the regulatory pathway for the project.

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Hanna Castrén-Niemi 
MBA

Commercial Champion

hanna.castren-niemi@aalto.fi

+358 45 201 3477

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Aki Laakso
M.Sc (Eng)

Technical Champion

aki.j.laakso@aalto.fi

+358 50 465 0292

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Leena Rahkonen
MD, Dos

Medical Lead

leena.rahkonen@aalto.fi

+358 50 427 1248

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Heidi Kruit
MD, PhD

Clinical Research Lead

heidi.kruit@aalto.fi

+358 50 428 6507

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Lauri Parkkonen
PhD., Prof.

Principal Investigator

lauri.parkkonen@aalto.fi

+358 40 508 9712

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Joy Kanerva-Pulkkinen
Nurse, Midwife.

Clinical research Nurse

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Julia Laurila
B. Eng.

Master's thesis worker

julia.laurila@aalto.fi

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