Team

Meet our Team

Minna Nyström, Founder and Chairman

Professor Minna Nyström (prev. Nyström-Lahti), PhD

FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN & CEO

Minna is the leading inventor of DiagMMR® with more than 25 years of experience in the field of Lynch syndrome research and has had an active role in both the identification of the LS related genes and mutations as well as the bettering of LS recognition with more than 60 scientific publications in the field. Minna is also an active member of the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours, InSiGHT.

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Niklas Lahti, Chief Financial Officer

Niklas Lahti, MSc

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Niklas is responsible for operational and financial management, investor relations, and shareholder management. He has gained experience in investment banking and other industries before joining LS CancerDiag.

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Philippe Arnez, Chief Business Officer

Philippe Arnez, MSc

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

Philippe brings a wealth of experience from corporate roles in major blue-chip companies on an international level in Europe and the Americas, with responsibilities for strategy development, change management, procurement and logistics. He is responsible for commercial partnerships, international expansion, marketing & communications, strategic planning.

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Minttu Kansikas, Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Minttu Kansikas, PhD

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Minttu has worked on Lynch syndrome research in Prof. Nyström ́s lab for over 10 years and is a co-inventor of DiagMMR®. Her doctoral thesis, “Recognizing Lynch syndrome by DNA mismatch repair deficiency” focused on pathogenicity assessment and interpretation of LS associated mutations and functional detection of reduced mismatch repair. She is responsible for scientific research, product development, and laboratory management.

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Jaana Putula, Quality Manager

Dr. Jaana Putula, PhD

QUALITY MANAGER

Jaana has vast experience in cell culture and works to ensure the meticulous handling of patient samples from sampling to testing. In addition to coordinating the sample handling and running the cell culture processes, she assists with other processes of the DiagMMR® testing and is responsible for quality management.

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Saara Forsström

Dr. Saara Forsström, PhD

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Saara is responsible for the laboratory production of the DiagMMR® assay and result interpretation. Saara has a PhD degree in mitochondrial disease field and more than 10 years of experience in metabolic research. Saara has routinely handled invaluable samples, and she is experienced in variety of molecular and biochemical techniques and data analysis.

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Anu Harju, Lab Technician

Anu Harju

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Anu has extensive and versatile laboratory work experience, particularly in cell culture and molecular techniques. She supports the daily laboratory operations at LS CancerDiag and participates in DiagMMR® sample handling.

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Annukka (2)

Annukka Ruokolainen

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Annukka has broad experience and is interested in molecular biology methods, biochemistry and enjoys daily wet lab work. She has both a master’s degree and laboratory analyst’s degree. Before joining LS CancerDiag she worked may years at the University of Helsinki in various research groups, including in cancer research.

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Tea Kuivala

Tea Kuivala

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Tea is currently doing her Master’s studies in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences. In her Bachelor’s thesis she investigated how red and processed meat play a part in increasing the risk of colorectal cancer. She joined us as a part-time worker and is keen to learn more about hereditary colorectal cancer.

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Mikael Kyriacou

Mikael Kyriacou, MSc

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Mikael recently graduated from the Master’s Programme in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences from the University of Helsinki. In his master’s thesis, Mikael studied the effects of decreased MLH1 expression on gene expression and cellular functions. Currently Mikael is designing an R&D project and assists with cell culturing.

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Board of Directors

Minna Nyström, Founder and Chairman

Professor Minna Nyström (prev. Nyström-Lahti), PhD

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Minna is the leading inventor of DiagMMR® with more than 25 years of experience in the field of Lynch syndrome research and has had an active role in both the identification of the LS related genes and mutations as well as the bettering of LS recognition with more than 60 scientific publications in the field. Minna is also an active member of the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours, InSiGHT.

Hannes

Professor Hannes Lohi, PhD

CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER

Professor of Molecular Genetics and a serial entrepreneur in the field of healthcare.

Matti

Matti Koskelo

CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER

Professional impact investor with the experience of several healthcare startups, like LS CancerDiag and Nightingale Health