The Management Team consists of the CEO and other members appointed by the Board of Directors. Our capable management team consists of three people, including the CEO, CSO, and COO.
Dr. Adrian Harel
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Founder of Medicortex, and Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer since: 2014
About: Dr. Harel, has a PhD in Neurobiology, from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and was a postdoctoral at Washington University. Dr. Harel has many years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Dr. Harel has extensive Drug R&D know-how and GMP production and manufacturing knowledge. He combines a broad scientific education with extensive industry experience. See more at 'Board of Directors'.
Dr. Lasse Välimaa
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
Chief Scientific Officer since: 2021 (before that: 'Head of R&D' since 2015)
About: Dr. Välimaa, the head of R&D since 2015, has a PhD degree in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the University of Turku, Finland. His background is in the R&D of bioanalytical methods and medical diagnostics. Dr. Välimaa has diagnostic assay development practical experience, as well as analytical and biochemical knowledge and hands-on experience. At Medicortex, Dr. Välimaa is involved in a wide range of study activities, covering, inter alia, clinical protocol preparation, sample analysis management, results analysis and development of detection methods. His role will range from supervising and coordinating study activities to hands-on work with samples and laboratory experiments. In his previous academic positions as a Researcher and Project Manager, he addressed several technical features influencing the performance of biochemical binding assays.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Chief Operating Officer since: 2023 (before that: 'Research Coordinator' since 2022)
About: Pihla Miettinen has a MSc degree in Human Neuroscience at the University of Turku, Finland. She has been operating as the COO at Medicortex since 2023, before which she acted as the research coordinator since 2022. Ms. Miettinen has practical experience and scientific know-how in the molecular and imaging fields of neuroscience. In her previous position, she worked independently conducting research into inhibition of tau aggregation in mice neuronal cells.