Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd is located in Vuorikatu 7, 4th floor (Kaisa house), 00100 Helsinki. Below you will find contact information and detailed profiles of our team members.
Jari Strandman is specialised in the commercialisation of ideas and inventions. He has gained extensive experience in business development, partnerships and internationalisation of startup companies, as an entrepreneur and board member, in Finland, Canada and the UK.
Jari’s strong international business experience is based on working with large, international technology corporations, such as Sisu and Partek Cargotec, as well as small and medium size companies. Strandman is also known for co-founding a numerous university-based startups in Finland and abroad.
Jari has a long experience in the commercialisation of ideas and inventions not only from Finnish universities, but also from working with MIT Industrial Liaisons Program, and from working for Scientific Research Capital Ltd in Oxford. He started collaborating with the University of Helsinki already in 2008, during his assignment as the Managing Director of IP Finland.
Mobile +358 40 700 6968
Milla Koistinaho serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at HIS. Process owners in invention and idea evaluation and enhancement, preparation for commercialization and new business creation as well as commercialization officers at HIS report to Milla. In addition to her COO duties, Milla leads the IP protection and commercialization process.
Milla has over 17 years of experience in managing academic research based start-ups and commercializing early stage inventions. She has been a member of the founding team in three start-up companies based in cutting edge science in Finland. Earlier Milla served for 9 years as a founding chief executive officer in a non-clinical stage, private drug discovery company, being responsible for IPR generation and management, leading research programs and partnerships, executing financing rounds and leading business development actions. Milla is well networked internationally and she has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher in biopharmaceutical projects at Eli Lilly and Company in the USA. Milla has led and commercialized several early stage drug discovery projects especially in the therapeutic areas of CNS diseases and oncology.
Milla holds Adjunct Professorship in neurobiology at University of Eastern Finland. She has a PhD degree from the same university. Milla gained her PhD thesis in collaboration with Stanford University and a mid-size biopharmaceutical company, Scios Inc., situated in Silicon Valley in California, USA. Since 2013 Milla has also served as a Board member of Finnish Bioindustries.
Milla is HIS's contact person in Viikki Campus.
Mobile +358 44 590 0603
Besides making things go smoothly at HIS office, Heli Lahtinen takes care of company's financial administrative and communicative tasks, travel and meeting arrangements. She works as a training officer and assists everyone when needed. Working as HIS’s point of contacts she is also responsible for undertaking common questions.
Heli has long experience working in large international companies, such as IBM Finland, Oyj Partek ADP and Mobira Oy, assisting teams in various duties related to management, human resources and marketing.
Mobile +358 50 547 7299
Kari Sinivuori is responsible for business development in the innovations selected to be commercialized, by sourcing additional skills to the teams and facilitating the development of their business models.
Kari has a long experience in business development, asset management and general management of various sized companies. He has been in charge of Fortum Power and Heat’s activities in the Baltic Countries as well as Alstom’s activities in Finland. He is also founder of GreenStream Network Plc, the first Nordic company to build business based on Climate Change mitigation. Besides Kari has management consulting background from Pöyry Management Consulting, where Kari was running the energy team in Finland.
Kari has MSc form University of Lappeenranta in production economics.
Kari is HIS's contact person in Kumpula Campus.
Mobile +358 50 3860 444
Sara Kangaspeska is responsible for the invention and idea evaluation and enhancement processes at HIS. Sara’s tasks range from researcher outreach, invention disclosure evaluation, market and patentability analyses to preparation and execution of commercialization projects including IPR strategy consideration.
Sara is a molecular biologist and biochemist with broad scientific background gathered from international research institutes including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, USA) and European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL, Germany). Sara has previously worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) where she studied drug resistance mechanisms in cancer.
Sara gained her PhD at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) / University of Heidelberg, and her M.Sc. at the Åbo Akademi University. Sara has completed Aalto PRO Patents-Industry-Technology training and also studied economics at the Aalto University.
Sara is HIS's contact person in Meilahti Campus.
Mobile +358 44 012 72 67
Pia Sundell is specialized in physical sciences, especially chemistry, polymers, wood, food and related areas. Through her current position at Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd she has equally gained experience on life science sector while evaluating the commercial potential of new inventions.
Pia has experience in evaluating and commercializing university based research results since 2011. Pia’s previous positions included Product Development Chemist at the R&D sector of Tikkurila Paints Oy where she was responsible of roof and metal surface paints and Research Scientist at SHR Timber Research in the Netherlands where her responsibilities focused on areas related to wood and lignin chemistry.
Pia has Lic.Phil. from the University of Helsinki majoring in polymer chemistry.
Mobile +358 50 520 7882
At HIS, Pia Kostiainen takes care of the various steps of the invention disclosure process, creation of immaterial property rights and management of the patent portfolio of the University of Helsinki. Pia is an experienced IP professional and has worked as a Patent engineer and most recently with regulatory and product stewardship issues. She also has experience from both product development and sales.
Pia holds a M.Sc. (Chem. Eng) from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University)
Mobile +358 50 309 9796
Petri Junttila identifies inventions stemming from University of Helsinki faculties of social and education sciences and arts. He assesses commercial potential of the inventions, and supports researcher teams in leveraging their innovations’ impact through funded commercialisation projects. To promote invention activity, Petri shares knowhow in methods, routes and opportunities of commercialisation within the faculties.
For over 10 years, Petri has been supporting numerous small and large, private and public organisations in business development and analysing their operational environment. He has worked e.g. as an M&A consultant at EY, and managed /co-founded the digital service development and brand design partner Nórr Design. Petri has experience in establishing and managing a business, as well as in sales and fund raising.
Petri holds an MSc Econ degree in Entrepreneurship and Management from Aalto University. Additionally, he completed IDBM-minor studies that promote multidisciplinary and customer-oriented business development. Petri also studied international business and management in the UK, USA and Germany.
Mobile +358 40 775 7852
Gen Tamjar evaluates, promotes and commercialises new research-related inventions at the University of Helsinki, with a particular focus on drug discovery and therapeutic development projects.
Gen has worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation & Ubiquitylation Unit at the University of Dundee in the structural biology of neurodegenerative disease. Subsequently she was appointed Scientific Liaison Manager for the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee, a flagship UK endeavour with leading experts from the pharmaceutical industry. In 2018, she was recruited to the University of Helsinki, Finland as a Senior Advisor in Business Collaboration.
Gen has an extensive multidisciplinary background in biomedical research, starting from her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University. She subsequently obtained MSc and PhD degrees in the Molecular Biology & Biomedicine Program at CIC bioGUNE and the University of Basque Country, Spain, specializing in structural biology of trinucleotide repeat disorders. In 2017, she was named one of 5 UK Scientists to be awarded LifeArc-AUTM Technology Transfer Fellowship.
Mobile +358 50 377 3384
Roy Nyberg is responsible for commercialisation activities in the Algae Factory project. This means in practice to examine what are the structures and dynamics of the different possible markets for microalgae, to converse with the science team about these possibilities, to lead the development of strategic plans, and to establish connections to the different commercial and other actors, all in preparation for commercialisation post project-funded period.
Roy has an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics, and a M.Sc. (Management Research) and DPhil (Organisation Theory) degrees from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining HIS he was a Lecturer and Canon Foundation Research Fellow at University of Tokyo, Japan, and Research Fellow at George Mason University, USA. In his research work he has theorised about the adoption of new technologies in the pursuit of reorganisation of existing industries, relating primarily to cities (`smart cities`) and the health care sector. Prior to academic career, he commercialised electronic tickets for Finnair, worked in corporate sales and project management, and also either founded or worked for a few start-ups in marketing and mobile services.
Mobile +358 50 467 7816
Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd
Vuorikatu 7, 4th floor
Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd
P.O. Box 53
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd
P.O. Box 176
E-invoicing address: 003723985084
VAT number: FI23985084