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From Lab to Market

From Lab to Market — Innovation from biomaterials

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Stories about science-based entrepreneurship!

How to create impact out of research? How to turn your research into action? Could I, should I, commercialize my research? Do I have to leave academia, can I ever return? What does science-based entrepreneurship or academic entrepreneurship mean?

These questions among many others related to the area of science to impact are being pondered by many researchers and academics.

Join us at the third From Lab to Market event to discover three different stories on how to create radical innovation from biomaterials shared by scientists turned entrepreneurs themselves: Mari Granström from Origin by Ocean, Juha Salmela from Spinnova and Juha Lipponen from Aalto University!

Exchange thoughts over a cup of coffee on how to create impact from research and network across disciplines and organizations.

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The From Lab to Market event series is organized by Aalto Ventures ProgramVTT LaunchpadAalto Startup Center and Aalto Innovation Services, in collaboration with Helsinki Think Company

Meet the speakers

Juha Salmela

CTO and Co-founder, Spinnova

Born in 1973, Salmela is the CTO and Co-founder of Spinnova. Prior to inventing the method for spinning fibre out of cellulose, physicist Salmela was a team leader of VTT’s (Technical Research Centre of Finland) rheology and process flows team. His main focus was on experimental research of paper making related fibre suspension flows and rheology. Salmela has led several large industrial process development projects in his 18 years with VTT. He was also a visiting scientist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Salmela was chosen as European CTO of the Year in 2018.

Mari Granström

Chief Science Activist & Founder, Origin by Ocean

Mari Granström is the founder of Origin by Ocean, urban activist, passionate environmentalist and organic chemist all in one package. Mari believes in the power of doing rather than talking: If there's a will there is a way. Origin by Ocean develops biorefinery technology based on the marine biomass and address the eutrophication problem of the oceans. Their values lie deep in the oceans and with their actions, they want to bring back the natural balance of the marine ecosystem.

Juha Lipponen

Professor of Practice for Bioproduct Technology, Aalto University

Professor of Practice for Bioproduct Technology, Dr. Juha Lipponen has made a significant and versatile career in industrial development and project management duties, including innovation management and project portfolio responsibilities, and in project management as a technology manager in numerous paper and board machinery delivery projects worldwide. Juha Lipponen's personal inventions have directly resulted in businesses of approximately billion Euros for Valmet/Metso. Juha Lipponen holds approximately 40 patents. Currently, he works as a Professor of Practice at Aalto University, with duties including establishing and leading disruptive research on wood-based materials and products