Annual Meeting – Confirmed Speakers Laura Koivusalo

Laura Koivusalo

Dr Laura Koivusalo is an expert in biomaterials and tissue engineering. She conducted her PhD in Tampere University under Professor Heli Skottman, where she developed hydrogel-based biomaterials for delivering human stem cells to the corneal surface. While finalizing her PhD, she started to lead a commercialization project from Skottman Lab, which led to the establishment of a spin-off company StemSight in April 2021. StemSight’s mission is to use human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to manufacture off-the-shelf therapies to cure corneal blindness. In leading the company as a CEO, Laura has won several pitching competitions and been awarded as the Outstanding Young Person of the Year 2021 in medical innovation by JCI Finland.