Board & Management

Heikki Hyöty, Chairman of the Board, Cofounder, (Finnish, born 1959), MD, Ph.D, is currently professor of virology at the University of Tampere. Mr. Hyöty has 25 years of experience in basic research in academia and 10 years of experience in biotechnology business. His expertise includes virology and immunology.

Mikael Knip, Member of the Board, Cofounder, (Finnish, born 1950), MD, Ph.D, is currently professor of pediatrics at the University of Helsinki. Mr. Knip has more than 30 years of experience in clinical research in academia and 10 years of experience in biotechnology business. His expertise includes type 1 diabetes, other immune-mediated diseases, and clinical trials.

Raimo Harju, CEO, (Finnish, born 1954), M.Sc Mr. Harju has more than 35 years of experience in various business sectors including biopharmaceutical industry and ICT with domestic and international partnerships. He joined Vactech in 2006 to launch the company’s commercial operations. Mr. Harju has been a cofounder for several start ups and done succesful exits.

Olli Laitinen, CSO, (Finnish, born 1968), Ph.D Mr. Laitinen has 17 years of experience in academia and 8 years of experience in biotechnology business. His expertise includes molecular biology, protein engineering, gene therapy and viral technologies. He joined Vactech in 2006 to launch the company’s laboratory operations. Before joining Vactch, he held scientific leadership positions at Ark Therapeutics.


Matias Knip, Member of the Board, (Finnish, born 1984), Member of the Board, B.Sc in Finance, Mr. Knip obtained his B.Sc degree from Hanken School of Economics in 2007. Mr. Knip is currently working as Associate Director at Summa Capital, a Finnish privately owned corporate finance advisory firm. He has previously worked for almost 5 years with mergers and acquisitions and equity capital market transactions at Pohjola Corporate Finance.


Marja Hyöty, Member of the Board, (Finnish, born 1959), MD, Ph.D, has 30 years long experience from clinical work as a surgeon at the University Hospital of Tampere, Finland, and in the private sector, and has specialized in gastrointestinal surgery. She has a long experience from responsible positions in different organizations and been e.g. the chairman of the national Finnish Medical Society Duodecim.