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The concept of Experimentica Ltd. is to bridge a gap between the development of novel in vitroex vivo and in vivo ocular models and their use in developing clinical applications as well as to draw upon academic knowledge in a contract based organization.

Our management team combines years’ of experience in ophthalmic and neurological indications.

Prior to joining Experimentica Ltd., our team has held faculty positions in academia and leadership positions in the life sciences industry.

Giedrius Kalesnykas

Giedrius Kalesnykas, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer. Location: Tampere office, Tampere, Finland.
Dr. Kalesnykas has extensive research experience in eye research and neuroscience developing neuronal based projects at the University of Eastern Finland and The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA.
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Jenni Hakkarainen

Jenni J. Hakkarainen, PhD

Acting Chief Operating Officer and Director R&D Operations. Location: Headquarters, Kuopio, Finland.
Dr. Hakkarainen has a strong research background in ex vivo and in vitro drug permeability testing and prediction of drug transport across biological barriers, such as cornea, blood-brain barrier, intestine, and skin.
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Simon Kaja

Simon Kaja, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer and Director North American Operations. Location: US office, Chicago, IL, USA.
Dr. Kaja is an internationally recognised expert in experimental ophthalmology and neuroscience and regular consultant to both pharma and biotech companies. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
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Satu Mering

Satu Mering, PhD, Docent

Director Laboratory of Animal Research. Location: Headquarters, Kuopio, Finland.
Dr. Mering has over 20 years’ experience in the area of laboratory animal science, especially animal welfare. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Zoology from the University of Eastern Finland.
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Marc Gimenez

Marc Cerrada-Gimenez, PhD

Director In Vivo Pharmacology. Location: Headquarters, Kuopio, Finland.
Dr. Cerrada-Gimenez obtained his PhD in Biotechnology from the A.I. Virtanen Institute at the University of Eastern Finland in 2011. Shortly thereafter, Marc joined Charles River Discovery Services (Kuopio, Finland), where he led the Biomarker and in vitro team designing and leading multiple projects, which aimed at studying various neurodegenerative indications.
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Leona Damalakiene, PhD

Leona Damalakiene, PhD

Director for R&D Operations. Location: R&D site, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dr. Damalakiene holds a PhD in biomedical applications, nanomedicine and nanotechnology from Vilnius University, Lithuania. She joined Experimentica UAB in 2018 as Director for R&D Operations.
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Symantas Ragauskas, PhD

Symantas Ragauskas, PhD

Director In Vivo Pharmacology. Location: R&D site, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dr. Ragauskas holds a Ph.D. degree in Biology from Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. He joined the Experimentica team as a project researcher in 2013, where he gained experience in conducting in vivo preclinical studies for a large number of disease indications. In 2018, Dr. Ragauskas was appointed as Director of In Vivo Pharmacology at Experimentica UAB, Lithuania.
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Vytautas Baranauskas, DVM

Vytautas Baranauskas, DVM

Director Laboratory of Animal Unit. Location: R&D site, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dr. Vytautas Baranauskas started his veterinary practice with large and small animals in Ngong Hills, Kenya in 2004. In 2013, he obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) license and completed a veterinary surgeon residency from the Lithuanian University of Health Science (LUHS).
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Our management team combines years’ of experience in ophthalmic and neurological indications.

Prior to joining Experimentica Ltd., our team has held faculty positions in academia and leadership positions in the life sciences industry.

Giedrius Kalesnykas

Giedrius Kalesnykas, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer. Location: Tampere office, Tampere, Finland.
Dr. Kalesnykas has extensive research experience in eye research and neuroscience developing neuronal based projects at the University of Eastern Finland and The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA.
View full profile
Jenni Hakkarainen

Jenni J. Hakkarainen, PhD

Acting Chief Operating Officer and Director R&D Operations. Location: Headquarters, Kuopio, Finland.
Dr. Hakkarainen has a strong research background in ex vivo and in vitro drug permeability testing and prediction of drug transport across biological barriers, such as cornea, blood-brain barrier, intestine, and skin.
View full profile
Simon Kaja

Simon Kaja, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer and Director North American Operations. Location: US office, Chicago, IL, USA.
Dr. Kaja is an internationally recognised expert in experimental ophthalmology and neuroscience and regular consultant to both pharma and biotech companies. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
View full profile
Satu Mering

Satu Mering, PhD, Docent

Director Laboratory of Animal Research. Location: Headquarters, Kuopio, Finland.
Dr. Mering has over 20 years’ experience in the area of laboratory animal science, especially animal welfare. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Zoology from the University of Eastern Finland.
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Marc Gimenez

Marc Cerrada-Gimenez, PhD

Director In Vivo Pharmacology. Location: Headquarters, Kuopio, Finland.
Dr. Cerrada-Gimenez obtained his PhD in Biotechnology from the A.I. Virtanen Institute at the University of Eastern Finland in 2011. Shortly thereafter, Marc joined Charles River Discovery Services (Kuopio, Finland), where he led the Biomarker and in vitro team designing and leading multiple projects, which aimed at studying various neurodegenerative indications.
View full profile
Leona Damalakiene, PhD

Leona Damalakiene, PhD

Director for R&D Operations. Location: R&D site, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dr. Damalakiene holds a PhD in biomedical applications, nanomedicine and nanotechnology from Vilnius University, Lithuania. She joined Experimentica UAB in 2018 as Director for R&D Operations.
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Symantas Ragauskas, PhD

Symantas Ragauskas, PhD

Director In Vivo Pharmacology. Location: R&D site, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dr. Ragauskas holds a Ph.D. degree in Biology from Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. He joined the Experimentica team as a project researcher in 2013, where he gained experience in conducting in vivo preclinical studies for a large number of disease indications. In 2018, Dr. Ragauskas was appointed as Director of In Vivo Pharmacology at Experimentica UAB, Lithuania.
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Vytautas Baranauskas, DVM

Vytautas Baranauskas, DVM

Director Laboratory of Animal Unit. Location: R&D site, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Dr. Vytautas Baranauskas started his veterinary practice with large and small animals in Ngong Hills, Kenya in 2004. In 2013, he obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) license and completed a veterinary surgeon residency from the Lithuanian University of Health Science (LUHS).
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