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Lignin and sugar conversion to platform chemicals


Company Name
Kaarina, Finland, Europe
Year Founded
Organization Type
Established Company
Stage of Development
TRL 8- Scale Up
Plastics, Energy


Key Contacts

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Alex Michine


Alex is a founder and CEO of MetGen since 2008. A serial entrepreneur, Alex has over 15 years of international experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and cleantech industries. He also serves on the Board of Directors of HyTest (Finland), a leading supplier of reagents for the in-vitro diagnostic market. Alex received his MBA from the Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland in 2005.
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Klara Birikh

R&D Director

Klara has been the head of MetGen’s R&D since its foundation in 2008, and an inventor of MetGen IP. Klara holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and has published over 15 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Klara’s previous international career in academic and industrial institutions in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology provides deep knowledge in genetic engineering, molecular evolution, and protein science.
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Matti Heikkilä


Matti has an MBA and a biotechnology engineering degree from Turku University of Applied Sciences. Matti has more than a decade of experience in industrial biotechnology, starting with Genencor/DuPont. During his career, he has had various international leadership roles and organizational development responsibilities.
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Sami-Pekka Rantanen

Sales Director

Sami-Pekka has B.Sc. in engineering and a degree in marketing. He has more than two decades of experience in serving pulp and paper industry. During this time he has been holding various management positions in sales organizations of chemical solution providers. In the Sales Director role, Sami-Pekka is introducing MetGen’s enzymatic solutions – MetZymes® – to the industry and providing application knowledge to the customers.
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