Dr. Virpi Muhonen is the Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Board Member of Askel Healthcare Ltd. She completed her PhD at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at University of OULU in 2008. In 2010 she started her Post-doc career at the Department of Surgery at University of Helsinki (UH). She got her PI position at UH in 2016 with responsibility of running the Orthopeadic Research Laboratory. She is one of the founding members of UH’s Entrepreneurial Society, Helsinki Think Company. In 2017, she co-founded Askel Healthcare, a company dedicated to novel solutions for cartilage regeneration and prevention of osteoarthritis. She is the co-inventor of their lead product COPLA® Scaffold, a medical device for cartilage regeneration.

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Dr. Anne-Marie Haaparanta is the Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Askel Healthcare Ltd. She completed her PhD in Biomedical engineering 2015 at Tampere University of Technology. After her PhD she worked as Postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University of Technology focusing on cartilage tissue engineering scaffolds. She is the co-inventor of the COPLA® Scaffold, a biodegradable scaffold tailored for cartilage tissue