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Advisory Board on Biotechnology

  1. Duties
  2. Composition
  3. Contact information

1. Duties

The Advisory Board on Biotechnology is a consultative body of experts in issues related to bio- and gene technology appointed by the Government.

Under the Government Decree on Gene Technology (928/2004), the Advisory Board is appointed for a term of three years. The current term of office is January 1st, 2017− December 31st, 2019.

The Government appoints the chairman, vice-chairman and other members of the Advisory Board on Biotechnology, each with a personal deputy. The Advisory Board shall include representatives of at least the authorities most relevant to the control of technology and of the main organisations of trade, consumers and industry, as well as of research in the various fields of gene technology.

The duties of the Advisory Board on Biotechnology are as follows:

  1. to promote cooperation between authorities, research in the field and operators in the field of biotechnology and in particular gene technology, as well as to organise information and training in the field;
  2. to monitor and promote international cooperation in biotechnology;
  3. to monitor in particular the developments and research in gene technology, as well as its health and environmental impacts;
  4. to promote the taking into account of ethical considerations in gene technology; and
  5. to attend to other duties relating to biotechnology assigned to it by the relevant ministries.

Further information:
Government Project Register
Government Decree on Gene Technology (928/2004)
Gene Technology Act (377/1995)

2. Composition

MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD ON BIOTECHNOLOGY

The Government appoints the chairman, vice-chairman and other members of the Advisory Board on Biotechnology, each with a personal deputy. The Advisory Board shall include representatives of at least the authorities most relevant to the control of gene technology and of the main organisations of trade, consumers and industry, as well as of research in the various fields of gene technology.

Members during term of office between January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2019:


Chairman:
Voipio-Pulkki, Liisa-Maria, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Elina Ekokoski, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, deputy member, 1.8.2018-31.12.2019
(Papponen Hinni, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, deputy member, 1.1.2018-31.7.2018)
(Törrönen Anneli, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, deputy member1.1.2017-31.12.2017)

Vice-chairman:
Melkas, Eriika, Legal Adviser, Ministry of the Environment
Ruohonen-Lehto, Marja, Head of Unit, Finnish Environment Institute, deputy member

Members:
Keinänen, Jari, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Jalanko, Anu, Head of unit, Senior Research Officer, National Institute for Health and Welfare, deputy member

Wallenius, Asta, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Vilén, Kirsti, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, deputy member

Viljakainen, Sanna, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 19.10.2018-31.12.2019
(Pehu, Tuula, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 1.1.2017-18.10.2018)
Joutsjoki Vesa, Principal Research Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland Luke, deputy member

Ritala-Nurmi, Anneli, Principal Reserach Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Jäntti, Jussi, Principal Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, deputy member

Raitala, Annika, Science Adviser, Academy of Finland
Sareneva, Timo, Science Adviser, Academy of Finland, deputy member

Teeri, Teemu, Professor, University of Helsinki
Kangasjärvi, Jaakko, Professor, University of Helsinki, deputy member

Siipi, Helena, Post Doc researcher, University of Turku, 1.1.2018-31.12.2019
(Ahteensuu, Marko, Adjunct Professor, University of Turku, 1.1.2017-31.12.2017)
Soukka, Tero, Professor, University of Turku, deputy member

Pitkänen, Kimmo, director, Hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Biobank Helsinki
Leppä, Sirpa, Professor, Head of Department, Hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa, deputy member

Kantor-Aaltonen, Carmela, Director, Finnish Bioindustries FIB
Veromaa, Timo, Chairman, Finnish Bioindustries FIB, deputy member, deputy member

Hassinen, Saara, Managing Director, The Health Technology Association, FiHTA
Anttonen, Minna, Director, Suomen Syöpäpotilaat ry, deputy member


Turunen, Juha-Pekka, Head of Education, MD, The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim
Elima, Kati, Adjunct Professor, District Training Manager, Medical Society Duodecim, deputy member

Suojala, Leena, Specialist, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK
Jylhä, Lea, Forestry Adviser, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK, deputy member

3. Contact information

Address:
Advisory Board on Biotechnology
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
P.O. Box 33
FI-00023 Government

Chairman:
Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Director
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
P.O. Box 33, FI-00023 Government, Finland
Tel. +358-50 3310314
Fax +358-9-160 74120
firstname.lastname(at)stm.fi

Secretaries:
University Reseracher, Adjunct Professor Mikaela Grönholm
Department of Biosciences
PL 56 (Viikinkaari 5D)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel. +358-504485383
mikaela.gronholm(at)helsinki.fi

Head of Education, MD Juha Pekka Turunen
The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim
PL 713 (Kalevankatu 11)
00100 Helsinki
Tel. +358-9-618851
juha.turunen(at)duodecim.fi