FIP Seminar: Photonics research and industry in Finland
Dr. Jyrki Saarinen is Professor on Photonics Applications and Commercialization and Head of the Institute of Photonics at UEF, Finland. He also holds an MBA. Previously he founded and built a high-tech company with over 1000 employees and operations in Singapore, Switzerland, and Silicon Valley, where he lived seven years. Today he continues as portfolio entrepreneur. He is President at Photonics Finland.
Juha Purmonen is executive director of the Photonics Finland association. He is also a development manager at Joensuu Science Park. With both scientific and business background, Juha has over 15 years' experience in a variety of projects, e.g. development and sales experience from the wide global business sectors. Juha started his carrier as software engineer focused on cryptography solutions. Later on, he concentrated spectral color research and was spectral color researcher at University of Eastern Finland. Juha is a co-founder of image processing Company SoftColor Ltd that won the president of Finland granted INNOFINLAND prize in 2005. He is responsible for the development of photonics business activities.