Merja HiltunenSenior Officer, Medical at Valvira, Finland
Merja Hiltunen, MD, PhD works as Senior Officer (Medical) at Valvira, National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. The core focus of her present work and effort at the Finnish Competent Authority is in medical device regulation, especially in clinical investigation.
Her background is both in health technology and strategy, international and foresight work.
Before joining Valvira Dr. Hiltunen worked as Chief Adviser and Head of Unit for the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and its successor organization Business Finland. Bringing on high quality R&D and innovation projects was part of her working agenda for 15 years.
EU Research and Innovation Programmes with various funding opportunities were her major interest as Tekes Counselor for Innovation in Brussels in 2011-2012.
Starting late 1990’s she was employed by Academy of Finland for the success of Finnish basic research for five years of time.
Creating governmental impact on the health sector and global networking has been part of her job and its great challenge.
Beyond working life most motivating for her is to spend precious time with her family and follow Finnish world champion, team Marigold IceUnity for synchronized skating.