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Dr. Ari Riihimaa

Founder, Research Director, Board Member

Dr. Antti Vasala

CEO, Business Development, PR

Dr. Päivi Forsman

R&D, Microbiology

Juhana Siren Juhana Sirén

ICT, Automation, Process Control

Matti Rauman

Chief Technical Advisor

 

Markku Taulamo – Startup Sauna Markku Taulamo

Board Member, Financing, Business Strategies

Peter Friis

Board Member, Financing, Business Strategies

Antti Pellinen

Chairman of the Board of Administrators

Pekka Lankinen, PhD, Docent

Scientific Advisor, Insect Physiology

Marina de Moses

Global Advisor

 

Ari Riihimaa
Dr. Ari Riihimaa

Founder, Research Director, Board Member

Email aririihimaa7@hotmail.com

ari.riihimaa@entoprot.com

Tel. +358-41 5027317

Entoprot company founder, Dr. Ari Riihimaa, is an acknowledged expert on genetics, development and adaptation of Drosophila flies. He was awarded prestigious Mombusho scholarship and studied at the Hokkaido University (1984-1986).

Dr. Riihimaa has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Oulu from 1981 to 1999. His doctoral thesis addressed the physiological and genetic adaptation of Chymomyza costata (Diptera; Drosophilidae) to Northern conditions. His previous roles include positions at the  Århus University in Denmark, National Public Health Institution of Finland and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. (where he obtained pedagogical certificate). In addition, he has worked as a designer and software developer.

From 2004 to 2013 Dr. Riihimaa served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Oulun Tietotaito (COOP Enterprise). Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and extraordinary scientific background Dr. Riihimaa founded Entoprot Oy in 2017. He summarizes his path:

At the Department of Genetics, University of Oulu, we had to produce millions of Drosophila flies for research purposes. Gradually I learned how to feed them, how to make them copulate and hatch, and how to rear larvae. The Drosophila society at our department was very competent. We had researchers working with speciation (study on isolation mechanisms and formation of new species) and genetics of the circadian rhythm (development affected by the light cycle). Our technicians were very skillful and innovative. They were capable of building and running nearly any possible research instrument. Ever since I have been in close touch with these former colleagues of mine. Flies required almost daily care, and everyone had to take responsibility in their nurturing. This gave me thorough hands-on know-how on fly rearing, physiology and development. I got impressed by the fast development cycle of flies. The first idea of building an insect bioreactor came to me already 30 years ago – my intention then was to rear Drosophila larvae. But then it was not possible to get financing for patenting and bioreactor development. During the last decade, however, the interest to insect protein production has increased. I have followed these topics actively, and after learning more about the black soldier fly (BSF), I decided to transform my ideas into reality. It turned out that my experience with flies and my ideas about the insect bioreactor with BSF larvae production worked exceptionally well.

 

Antti Vasala
Dr. Antti Vasala

CEO, Business Development, Public Relations, Scientific Consultation

Email antti.i.vasala@gmail.com

Tel. +358-44 5571861

 

Dr. Antti Vasala has >35 yrs experience in microbiology, bioprocess engineering and biotechnology development in academy and in start-up companies. He has hold CEO and R&D Director positions in former BioSilta Oy. Dr. Vasala has competence in entrepreneurship, start-up company development, and social media marketing. In Entoprot Ltd he establishes connections with industrial partners and investors. He is also responsible for social media marketing and public relations. Dr. Vasala describes his enthusiasm in the following:

I have a lot of experience in bioprocess development from my research career at the University of Oulu. Thereby the principles and terminology of bioprocess engineering were already  familiar to me. I have to admit, though, that the idea of rearing insect larvae in a bioreactor had never come to my mind. When Ari told me that his design really works, I was astonished and impressed. The Entoprot system really fulfills all the basic demands of a well-working fed-batch process: efficient aeration, sufficient but not excessive nutrient feeding, process control, and above all, very high yield with a low effort.I immediately understood the market potential of insect protein production with the Entoprot bioreactor.  I had, in my earlier business career, experienced the difficulty to bring revolutionary technology to the market. New technology becomes more easily accepted if the price level is low. For the Entoprot system I see the possibilities for an efficient market penetration extremely good. I am very happy to be a part of the Entoprot success story!

 

Päivi Forsman
Dr. Päivi Forsman

R&D: Microbiology, Feed Development

Email paivi.forsman@entoprot.com

 

 

Päivi Forsman describes her involvement in Entoprot team in the following:

I was contacted by Ari Riihimaa, who was looking for a competent person to develop a bioprocess for insect rearing. By that time I was  nearly a pure-blood rookie concerning insect rearing. I had raised Drosophila flies during my study time at the University, and I was thus aware of flies’ fast re-production cycle and their modest requirement for nutrients. After Ari’s contact I read more about the black soldier flies and got really excited. I realized that the insect rearing process with complex substrates forms really an amazing cooperative between larvae, their intestinal microbiota, digestive enzymes and the microbes coming from the feed. Ari introduced me his innovative bioreactor design, and we concluded that it is an ideal platform for an efficient aerobic bioprocess, wherein larvae could be cultivated under slow movement and efficient mixing of nutrients and air to make valuable proteins. We figured out that these conditions can also promote the growth of useful microbes which can efficiently transform the feed to components that can be easily digested by the larvae. The first experiments strengthened our opinion, and by now we have advanced quite far in the development of insect mass production as a “total bioprocess”.

 

 

Matti Rauman
Matti Rauman

Chief Technical Advisor

 

Matti Rauman is an experienced and distinguished technician. He has worked as a service technician in companies providing technology for hospitals and analytic laboratories. The last 27 yrs of his work career Mr. Rauman worked at the University Oulu as a research technician responsible for design, construction and maintenance of research instruments and laboratory devices.

He has been rewarded for his skills and merits. In 2010 he was honoured with The Award for A Master of Technology (Tekniikantaitajan palkinto) by  The Academy of Technical Sciences (Teknillisten Tieteiden Akatemia). Same year The President of Finland granted him the First Class Medal with Gold Crosses of the Order of the White Rose of Finland  (Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun Ritarikunta).

 

 

Markku Taulamo
Markku Taulamo – Startup Sauna
Markku Taulamo

Investor, Board Member

https://www.linkedin.com/in/markkutaulamo/

 

 

Markku Taulamo is a Partner at TT Capital Advisors,  a Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Executive Partner at Futurice, and a Coach at Startup Sauna. He has investment banking background in SEB Enskilda (London, Stockholm, Helsinki) and Co-founder and CEO for Futurice the fastest growing tech company in Finland (Deloitte Fast 50 2008) and 2 x the best place to work in Europe (GPTW 2012 & 2013). After doing cross border investments & M&A transactions for Chinese VCs and Corporate Venturing divisions between China & Finland especially in Cleantech & IT segments, started investing and developing bioreactor projects. Currently R&D development in solving future bio-oil & protein challenges with solutions using zero arable land.

 

Peter Friis
Peter Friis

Board Member, Financing, Business Strategies

https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-friis-10b47928/

 

Antti Pellinen
Antti Pellinen

Chairman of the Board of Administrators

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anttipellinen/

 

 

Antti Pellinen describes himself being and Entrepreneur and Startup Enthusiast. He is a Managing Partner in Tikura Ltd. Tikura provides a unique set of expertise in the areas of strategy development product, concept and business model development, as well as mobile communications and innovation management. For startup companies we are an active investor with willingness and capabilities to develop the startup into the growth path.

 

Marina de Moses
Marina de Moses

Global Advisor

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-de-moses/

 

Marina de Moses is global professional, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, scientist, pianist and writer. She provides counsel to startups, businesses and VC groups through a mechanism that applies innovation via collaboration of businesses, governments and non-profits.  Known for her efforts to promote excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation, Marina’s work was acknowledged through collaboration with world known scientists and philanthropists, Nobel Prize winners, UN/UNESCO partners, Members of the British Empire, Prime Ministers, Presidents, and governmental and business leaders. Recognized for combining humanitarian vision with academic rigor and moral sensibility – Marina de Moses was elected member of the Business Council for Peace – Millennium Peace Summit – Global Initiative of 500 Business and Spiritual Women’s Initiative at the UN, Geneva.

Since 1994, tens of millions of dollars have been donated to Marina’s clients and partnering organizations, towards investment in human capital and physical structures, including museums, hospitals, universities,  archeological parks, kindergartens, agricultural and environmental structures.

Working from strategy development to its implementation she served a broad range of clients across the world and currently holds several advisory and managing roles for MedTech, EdTech and Wellness startups in the USA, Israel, India, Japan, EU and China. She is founder of EuMuse startup. Fluent in multiple languages and alphabets, she has lived in countries across Europe, Asia and America.

Marina accepted Dr. Riihimaa’s invitation to join Entoprot team as a global advisor with enthusiasm and firm belief in success.

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