Scientific Director, Professor
Sirpa is Professor Emerita at the University of Eastern Finland. She has a PhD in biochemistry. In addition to being a full professor of biotechnology, she has been a scientific expert in the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Plants (GM plants), the EFSA GMO Panel (GM plants and micro-organisms), the CEF Panel (in particular food enzymes) and a FEEDAP Panel Working Group (GM micro-organisms) for over 20 years. It has contributed to nearly 200 scientific opinions and guidance documents. In addition to horizon scanning, strategic work and providing scientific support to staff as Scientific Director, her Biosafe activities include data interpretation, consultations, literature reviews and gap analyses related to regulatory requirements. She is also actively involved in EuropaBio activities, particularly in the area of industrial (white) biotechnology. "The success of biotechnology and the harmonisation of an adequate safety assessment system are my great motivators".
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