Team

We are an international and multidisciplinary team of over 10 people, including Biologists, Microfluidic Scientists, Computer Scientists, PBPK Scientists, Engineers, and Salespeople. Our premise is in Helsinki.


Meet our Team

Helsinki Team

Wen Wang

MSc, CEO & Founder
Wen Wang - CEO & Founder

Wen founded Puissan Biotech Finland and China in 2019, and she is in charge of both companies’ business operations. Prior to her experience at Puissan, she had nearly 20 years’ working experience in various roles including consulting, marketing, business development, human resource and entrepreneurship in software company, consulting firm and recently in the field of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling and simulation. She holds a MSc in Information Systems from the University of Southampton (UK). 

Chunlu Gao

BA, Finance & Admin Specialist
Chunlu Gao - Finance & Admin Specialist

Chunlu is responsible for maintaining accounting records and monthly transactions, support clerical and administrative tasks for Finland office and lab. She studied Politics in Tonghua University of China, holding diploma in Human Resources in Beijing Normal University (China) 

Giorgio Turconi

PhD, Business Development & Marketing Manager
Giorgio Turconi - Business Development & Marketing Manager

Giorgio is responsible for Puissan’s marketing activities, sales, and business growth in the European market. Additionally, he works closely with the R&D team, supporting the development of some PBPK projects. Before joining Puissan, Giorgio worked in sales for in vivo brain imaging and electrophysiology platforms. He has a PharmD degree from the University of Novara (Italy) and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Helsinki (Finland). 

Kati Piironen

PhD, R&D Manager, Organ-on-Chip applications
Kati Piironen - R&D Manager, Organ-on-Chip applications

Kati is responsible for Puissan’s development of organ-on-chip applications. Furthermore, she works with the Business Development team to plan and carry out collaboration projects. Before joining Puissan, Kati worked in sales for NGS service provider. She has a MSc degree in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and a PhD degree from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy (Finland). During her PhD, she studied materials for organ-on-chip devices and developed heart-on-chip applications. 

Aleksi Julku

PhD, Principal Computer Scientist
Aleksi Julku - Principal Computer Scientist

Aleski develops software solutions for physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models. Before joining Puissan, Aleski worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Aarhus University (Denmark). His background is in Theoretical and Computational Physics, and he holds a PhD in Physics from Aalto University (Finland). 

Valeria Ariotta

MSc, Computer Scientist
Valeria Ariotta - Computer Scientist

Valeria works as a computer scientist specializing in graphical user interface design and programming. She holds a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedicine at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her doctoral research focuses on utilizing machine learning approaches for image and data analysis in cancer biology. 

Sagar Gore

PhD, Modelling & Simulation Scientist
Sagar Gore - Modelling & Simulation Scientist

Sagar supports the development and testing of Puissan’s pharmacokinetics models. Before joining Puissan, he worked in pre-clinical drug discovery to generate and optimize small molecules (and bRo5) ADME properties and developed QSAR models for solubility and permeability predictions. Sagar holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from Friedrich Schiller University (Germany) where he focused on building machine learning models for predictions of substrates for an enzyme. 

Vijay Junnuthula

MSc, PBPK Scientist
Vijay Junnuthula - PBPK Scientist

Vijay is part of Puissan’s R&D team, where he contributes to the development and testing of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models. His specialization lies in pharmaceutics, with a focus on various domains within Pharmaceutical Sciences, including Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, and local drug delivery for diverse therapeutic applications. Vijay received pharmaceutical education and training from the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Utrecht, and the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. 

Gowtham Sathyanarayanan

PhD, Principal Scientist, Microfluidic Engineering
Gowtham Sathyanarayanan - Principal Scientist, Microfluidic Engineering

Gowtham is part of the Puissan’s R&D team, where he is responsible for engineering and manufacturing microfluidic chips. Currently, he is focusing on designing and prototyping of microfluidic chips and will also be working towards mass production of the organ-on-chips products. Before joining Puissan, Gowtham worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and earned a PhD from the University of Helsinki (Finland). His expertise is in developing microfluidic methods and devices for bio- and pharmaceutical applications. 

Jessica Nathalia Sierra Agudelo

PhD, Senior Scientist, Microfluidic Engineering
Jessica Nathalia Sierra Agudelo - Senior Scientist, Microfluidic Engineering

Jessica is part of the Puissan’s R&D team, where she mainly focuses on the design, development and fabrication of microfluidic devices and setups. Currently, she is also involved in the development of biosensors which will be integrated in our organ-on-a-chips platforms. Jessica holds a PhD in Biomedicine from University of Barcelona (Spain). She earned a MSc degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine at Autonoma Barcelona University (Spain) and a BSc in Biomedical Engineering at Manuela Beltran University (Colombia).

Mikael Puustinen

PhD, Scientist, Biological Method Development 
Mikael Puustinen - Scientist, Biological Method Development 

Mikael is part of the Puissan’s R&D team, and his work is focused on developing biological models for organ-on-chips. Before joining Puissan, he conducted cancer research in academic settings. Mikael holds a MSc degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Cell Biology from Åbo Akademi University (Finland). 

Seidi Rouvinen

BSc, Bachelor of Laboratory Services
Seidi Rouvinen - Bachelor of Laboratory Services

Seidi is currently finishing her BSc studies at Metropolia University (Finland) and doing her thesis in the Puissan. The topic of her project is the characterization of microfluidic 3D cell cultures using immunofluorescence techniques. Before joining Puissan, she worked at Sartorius as a service technician. Her main task was to maintain and calibrate the pipettes. 

Juha Rekola

MSc Engineer, Biological Method Development
Juha Rekola - Biological Method Development

Juha is part of Puissan’s R&D team, focusing on developing physiologically relevant cancer model on-chip and establishing new methods for characterizing developed applications. Before joining Puissan, he contributed to the detection of aberrant glycosylations in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas in academic settings. Juha holds a MSc in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics and BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Turku (Finland).

Scientific Advisors 

Majella Lane

PhD, Scientific Advisor
Majella Lane - Scientific Advisor

Dr. Majella Lane is the Director of the Skin Research Group at University College London (UCL). She has over 20 years of experience in formulating topical and transdermal products, focusing on the mechanisms of transdermal drug absorption and topical drug delivery. Her research group uses various biophysical techniques to investigate the mechanisms of skin penetration and modulation. Dr. Lane is a consultant for several pharmaceutical companies and serves as a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed pharmaceutical science journals. She earned her BS.c. and Ph.D. degrees at Trinity College, Dublin.