Speakers 2022

Labquality Days brings more than 80 speakers to the stage. The speakers are experts in social and health care quality management, laboratory medicine, and medical devices.
Below you will find the speakers alphabetically themed. More detailed descriptions of them can be found in the mobile app.



Elina Hiltunen
What’s Next Consulting Ltd.

Elina Hiltunen is a futurist, D.Sc. (Business administration) and M.Sc. (chemical engineering). Forbes has listed her as one of the 50 leading female futurists in the world.

Jari Hakanen
Research Professor, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Jari Hakanen is a Research Professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and a docent in social psychology at the University of Helsinki.



Tony Badrick

B. App Sc, BSc, BA, M Lit St (Math), MBA, PhD(QUT), PhD(UQ), FAIMS, FAACB, FACB, FAIM, Member Aust Maths Soc, FRCPA (Hon), FFSc(RCPA), GAICD. He was Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University for 4 years before becoming the CEO of the RCPAQAP in 2015.

Ivan Brandslund
Professor of Clinical Biochemistry,
University of Southern Denmark,

MD, DMSc, Spec. Chem. Pathol, Aut. General Practice, Lab director 1986-2019. Professor Clin. Biochem. 2011- at University of Southern Denmark. 300 publications in Clin. Biochem., analytical Quality Assurance, Lab. Logitics. Last 30 years in Dan. Soc. Clin. Biochemistry committee on Quality Assurance.

Christa Cobbaert
EuSpLM and professor in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands

PhD, Clinical Chemist, EurSpLM. Christa Cobbaert heads the Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Department at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Mathias Karlsson
Equalis AB,

MD, PhD, CEO of Equalis AB

Anja Kontio
Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Labquality

Anja Kontio is an experienced quality and regulatory affairs professional specialised in in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVD). She has long experience in quality management and regulatory affairs in the IVD industry. She has been working as a Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Labquality since 2017 focusing in the European and US regulatory approvals and method validation of IVDs.

Finlay Mackenzie
Director Birmingham Quality,

Finlay MacKenzie is the Director and Lead Scientist of Birmingham Quality, which is the largest UK NEQAS Centre for Clinical Chemistry. He is an NHS Consultant Clinical Scientist and is Organiser of many EQA Schemes in Clinical Chemistry, but is perhaps most well-known for the UK NEQAS for Thyroid Hormones. His biggest interest is in trying to demystify some of the statistics that haunt the EQA arena and has been instrumental in using graphical output to explain laboratory and method performance in regular reports and commentaries. The SAUSAGE(S) initiative for eGFR was a case in point. He sits on the UK NEQAS Executive Board and was a former Secretary of EQALM (the European EQA providers association). He has contributed to several EFLM TFGs on Performance Specifications in Laboratory Medicine (TF-PS). He was a member of the IFCC Committee on Standardisation of Thyroid Function Tests and sits on the IFCC Working Group on Commutability. With over thirty years’ experience in EQA provision, he is well placed to champion the usefulness of EQA and discuss some of the issues concerning frequency and utility of EQA provision.

Jonna Pelanti
Head of Product development, Labquality

Jonna Pelanti has a MS in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology and a Clinical Biochemist degree from Helsinki University Faculty of Medicine. Jonna joined Labquality 11 years ago and she is now the Head of Product development.

Paulo Pereira
Ph.D. at Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation, Portugal

Dr. Pereira holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology with specialisation in Microbiology from the Catholic University of Portugal. He has been recruited as a medical laboratory and Quality Assurance/Quality Control expert for seminars and professional laboratory meetings throughout Europe, South America, and Africa.

Mario Plebani
University of Padova,

Mario Plebani obtained his medical degree summa cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Padova. He is a full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine, University of Padova and Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University-Hospital of Padova.

Simo Taimela
Chief Epidemiologist, Terveystalo

Simo Taimela is a MD, PhD, and adjunct professor in epidemiology. He works at Terveystalo in Helsinki as Chief Epidemiologist and part-time at University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital as research director of FICEBO group. His scientific research has resulted in over 170 original publications in various fields of medicine, including prediction of and interventions for preventing work disability. At Terveystalo, he is in charge of data-driven decision management within medical context and oversees the development of digital solutions that utilize AI.

Mark Thelen
Director of SKLM,

Specialist in Laboratory Medicine and Professor by special appointment on quality in medical laboratory care at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Director of SKML, the Dutch EQA organiser that focusses on EQA with value assignment of commutable samples in reference methods and reports that use multi sample evaluation that allows to distinguish between bias and imprecision.

Florent Vanstapel
Prof. em. Dr.

Florent Vanstapel studied and trained at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. As Laboratory Specialist, he was active in General Clinical Chemistry, Inborn Metabolic Disorders and Point of Care Testing. After his emeritate he remained active in the European Federation for Laboratory Medicine, where he is the chair of the Committee on Regulations.

Sofia Viegas
Dr, Instituto Nacional de Saùde (INS), Mozambique

Sofia Omar Viegas is a biologist graduated from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, with a master’s and doctorate degree in medical science from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. At present, she holds the position of National Director of Public Health Laboratories at the National Institute of Health (INS) of Mozambique.

James Westgard
Emeritus Professor,
Westgard Quality Control,

Dr Westgard is the co-founder and president of Westgard QC, Inc., a small business providing tools, technology, and training for laboratory quality management. He is also an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. His interest in quality control began in 1976-77 when he was on sabbatical leave at Uppsala University in Sweden. This work led to the multi-rule control procedure, internationally known as “Westgard Rules.”

Yvonne Zoet
EPT scheme manager,LUMC-Immunolgy, Netherlands

In 1993, Yvonne Zoet obtained her bachelor degree in Biochemistry and started working at the Clinical Genetics Department of Leiden University Medical Center.



Koen Cobbaert
Senior Manager – Quality, Standards & Regulations,

Koen Cobbaert works part-time for Philips as a quality, regulatory and standards expert. Koen specializes in health software and views tech regulations through the computational lens.

Tuomas Granlund
Regulatory Affairs Specialist,


Nelli Karhu
Senior Inspector at Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea

Senior Inspector in the supervision of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices at Fimea. Its remit includes providing guidance and advice to those involved in the sector, market surveillance, incident handling and cooperation at EU level to promote uniform, well-functioning European equipment legislation. Prior to joining the authority, Nelli has worked e.g. in IVD and bioscience companies in research and development and in the university world investigating the packaging mechanisms and evolution of viral genomes.

Katja Kimppa
Senior Manager, Quality R&D, EMEAI, PerkinElmer

Katja works as a senior manager in R&D Quality group in PerkinElmer. Her and her team are responsible for reviewing technical files and project progress as well as supporting the teams in finding the least burdensome way of going forward, while ensuring good quality and compliance for our products. PerkinElmer is a one-stop-shop for prenatal and neonatal screening systems; including assays, instruments and software. Katja has worked there for the last 16 years in multiple positions, all related to R&D and all types of products Perkinelmer has.

Ossi Korhonen
Head of Instrument Development & PLCM, Aidian

Ossi Korhonen is an experienced RD professional who has worked in the medical sector for the last 16 years, mainly with Point of Care devices. With 20+ years of experience in R&D, he has gained a good understanding of various development processes in different business environments. For the last 11 years, he has led Instrument Development and Product Life Cycle Management at Aidian in close operation with test system development. Before Aidian, Ossi was one of the founders of a start-up company that offered product development services for medical customers.

Pekka Vepsäläinen
Cyber Security consultant,

Pekka is a cyber security consultant who does cyber security and GDPR related projects for customers in the private and public sectors. During the last 5 years, Pekka has focused on the development of cyber security in the healthcare sector, e.g. in a nationwide healthcare cyber security project for a Finnish government agency. He has focused especially on the information security of supply chains, employee awareness and training and development of information security management systems.

Rina Wahlroos
Director, Quality Systems and Compliance Affairs,
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Rina Wahlroos has had a long career in the regulation and quality of IVD products in global companies. She currently serves as Quality Director at Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy and previously served at Wallac Oy, part of the PerkinElmer Group, in a variety of positions related to quality and regulatory activities.

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