Who we are

Aurexel LifeSciences is a clinical and business services company serving life science companies and research organizations. Our team has extensive experience in international business development, pharmaceutical and clinical research, regulatory affairs and commercialization, as well as international marketing and sales. We understand both science and what it takes to make it succeed as business. Aurexel LifeSciences has an extensive business network within the international life sciences’ industry to assist our clients in making contact with potential customers and partners.

What we do

Aurexel LifeSciences provides scientific writing and inbound marketing, commercialization, and business development facilitation. We offer scientific writing services that allow our customers to generate effective scientific content for peer-reviewed journal publications, white papers, clinical study protocols, investigator’s brochures and internal study reports. Our clinical writing team can prepare clinical trial documents from regulatory submissions to clinical study reports according to GCP. In addition, we offer to assist with feasibility studies using our contacts and knowledge of local regulatory requirements. We offer commercialization and internationalization services to help start-ups, academic research groups, and Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) turn research and scientific expertise into viable businesses. Finally, Aurexel LifeSciences provides matchmaking and facilitation services to foster effective out- and in-licensing negotiations between academic research groups, startups, and pharmaceutical/diagnostic industry.

Team profiles

Sanna Käkönen, Founder, CEO
Sanna’s scientific career spans more than two decades in both academia and in the global pharmaceutical industry. Before founding Aurexel LifeSciences in 2012, she worked with Schering (later Bayer) and then with Amgen.

Salla Laine, Project Manager
After completing her doctoral studies at University of Turku, Finland, Salla joined Aurexel where she has put her enthusiasm for scientific writing into practice. Her areas of expertise include: preclinical oncology, regulatory reporting and EU research grant procedures.


Maaria Kemppainen, Medical Translator
Maaria’s previous experience includes ten years of performing translation, revision and translation coordination work for the European Commission and working at the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Boston University School of Medicine.


Riina-Minna Väänänen, Medical Writer
Riina received her PhD in Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics from the University of Turku and worked there as a Senior Research Fellow for over 10 years. Her areas of expertise include: gene expression research, development and optimization of quantitative RT-PCR assays.


Birgitta Sjöholm, Project Manager
During her over 20-year career, Birgitta has acquired versatile experience in drug research and development. Her areas of expertise include: GLP and GCP procedures, scientific writing, pharmacokinetics, preclinical safety assessment, method development and validation, and receptor pharmacology.


Hellyeh (Heli) Hamidi, Medical Writer
Hellyeh completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of nephrology, before joining Aurexel. Her areas of expertise include: cell-matrix adhesion, the cell-cell adhesion receptor nephrin, small GTPase signaling, and cell migration.


Rami Kakonen, Senior Consultant
Rami has held various positions in business development, commercialization, marketing and international sales. His areas of expertise include: inbound marketing and content marketing strategy and planning, identification of new business areas and cultivation of business prospects within these areas, lead generation and nurturing, especially within pharmaceutical and life science industries, planning of business expansion to US market, Market analysis and global business development, brand development and strategic consulting including business planning and marketing strategy development.

Contact information

Sanna Käkönen




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