Pauliina Halimaa, PhD, has been appointed as Managing Director of Biosafe Oy as of March 1, 2020. Pauliina has been with Biosafe for over three years, during which time she has built a bioinformatics service for the company; for the last seven months, she has been the company’s Business Director. Halimaa studied Forest Economics and Marketing and holds a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. Through this research, Halimaa became acquainted with bioinformatics and genomic analysis, which are the basis of Biosafe’s activities. The combination of Halimaa’s work experience at Biosafe and commercial and bioscience skills provide an excellent backbone for the new CEO.
“It is important for me to put the customer at the center of our business – our customers are most important and they must be well taken care of. It is equally important for me to take care of our teams and create skilled teams in our work community. I want to enable our employees to succeed. Our goal is to increase sales and grow as a company, and I believe that with these factors we have a good chance to accomplish all our goals,” says Halimaa.
Biosafe Oy, founded in 2014 in Kuopio, Finland, and still operating there, is a growing company focusing on safety assessment of feed additives, food enzymes and -microbes as well as microbes used as biopesticides. The company’s turnover in 2019 was about €900 000, showing an increase of +50% compared to the previous year. The company’s core expertise is to investigate the safety and to help authorize new ingredients developed by food and feed industry customers. Biosafe aims for strong growth every year. The target for 2020 is to grow by +50%.
Petri Pietikäinen, Licentiate of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), Chairman of the Board, who has acted as CEO until now, will focus on managing the company’s Board of Directors, financing, risk management, and strategy work.
Biosafe – Biological Safety Solutions Oy/Ltd. is a contract research organization (CRO) that provides research services based on microbiology, bioinformatics and cellular and molecular biology as well as consultancy to ensure product safety at various stages of product development. The company operates in accordance with the SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025 quality standard.