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  Mrs. Maarit Merla
Head of Business Development
Maarit Merla, Head of Business Development, MSc (Econ), eMBA, is a life science business professional, with over 14 years of international experience in neonatal and maternal health screening and diagnostics from PerkinElmer Inc. She has been responsible for several operational and R&D functions, marketing and business development, working in global teams across Europe, Middle East and Africa, North America and Asia. Maarit joined Forendo Pharma in 2015 and she is responsible for out-licensing. In her role as Head of Business Development at Forendo, Maarit is responsible for market potential assessments, partnering opportunity search, deal valuation and external collaboration with agents, potential licensing partners for the company’s programs and other business development partners in the company network.



  Forendo Pharma Ltd.
Turku, Finland

Forendo Pharma is a drug discovery and development company, focused on novel therapies for women’s and men’s health

Forendo Pharma is a drug discovery and development company, focused on novel therapies for women’s and men’s health. Forendo was founded in 2013, by leading academic endocrinologists and pioneers from the Finnish drug development sector. Forendo has strong investors with drug development expertise and broad international contacts: Novo Seeds, Karolinska Development, Novartis Venture Fund, Merck Ventures and Finnvera. Our core competence is in tissue-specific regulation of sex hormone effects. The lead program of Forendo Pharma is HSD17B1 enzyme inhibitor, intended for the treatment of endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disease in which endometrial tissue forms lesions outside the uterine cavity, causing pain, abnormal bleeding and infertility. Forendo is expecting its novel product concept to offer the first opportunity for local elimination of lesions and symptoms without unwanted systemic effects. HSD17B1 inhibitor program is in preclinical phase.

Pharmaceuticals/ Biotechnology / 
 Organisation Activities
Activity: private company (start-up/sme) with an innovative product, technology or service
Technology Sectors: life sciences
Geographic: america / asia / europe


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