Academician Sirpa Jalkanen, MD, PhD is Professor of Immunology at the Medical Faculty, University of Turku and Director of a National Flagship, InFLAMES. She has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and has more than 10 patents on different discoveries in the fields of inflammation and cancer. She is a member of EMBO and Academia Europaea and has received several prizes/honours such as Datta Medal (from FEBS), major medical prizes: Anders Jahre, and Äyräpää, innovator prizes: 2nd European Women Innovator and the Finnish Pharma Industry Prizes. She has several positions of trust. She is a member/vice chair/chair of the boards in three big Finnish Foundations financing research and a board member of the Association of Finnish Foundations. In addition, she is a co-founder of BioTie Therapies and Faron Pharmaceuticals.