top of page

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.


Hanna Castrén-Niemi 

Commercial Champion

+358 45 201 3477

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Aki Laakso
M.Sc (Eng)

Technical Champion

+358 50 465 0292

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Leena Rahkonen
MD, Dos

Medical Lead

+358 50 427 1248

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Heidi Kruit

Clinical Research Lead

+358 50 428 6507

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Lauri Parkkonen
PhD., Prof.

Principal Investigator

+358 40 508 9712

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
WhatsApp Image 2023-12-07 at 10.29_edited.jpg

Joy Kanerva-Pulkkinen
Nurse, Midwife.

Clinical research Nurse

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Julia Laurila
B. Eng.

Master's thesis worker

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Did Inga pique your interest?

Join our email list and be the first to hear our latest research news

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page