Montisera Strengthens Executive Management Team By Appointing New Ceo

Montisera Strengthens Executive Management Team By Appointing New Ceo

(Montisera, Turku; November 5th, 2019) – Montisera Ltd, a Finnish development company focused on developing and commercializing bioactive compounds, have announced today that it has appointed Jukka Mäkelä as company’s new CEO. At the same time, he has been appointed as CEO of Montisera’s daughter companies Montinutra Ltd and Montipharma Ltd.

Jukka Mäkelä has 30 years’ professional experience. He has worked as Vice President, Business Development in Oriola Corporation and as Head of Business Area and Partner in Accenture. He is Chairman of the Board of Herralan Saha. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics.

Mäkelä’s appointment is a clear reflection of the company’s strategic direction. Montisera is ready to take next step to realize the potential value of its strong portfolio of patents. Montinutra will start production of natural bioactive extracts, that will be used in wide range of applications in food, feed and technochemical industries. Montipharma will be heading to clinical development phases of promising medicine to treat variety of dependency disorders, including alcoholism and game dependency, and functional food ingredients for lower urinary tract symptoms, including prostate related disorders.

“Montisera ticks so many right boxes - clean natural bioactive products, biogradeable products to replace plastics, increasing value of forest industry side streams, circular economy. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be part of the journey to scale up these businesses”, says Mäkelä.

Mäkelä has started in his position in October 2019 and will be responsible for deploying Montisera´s strategy in developing and commercializing novel drug candidates and bioactive compounds with health benefits for food and pharma sectors.

“We are delighted to welcome Jukka to our passionate Executive Management Team. His appointment comes at an exciting time for Montisera as we are heading into a new area of investing in production and entering into clinical development” says Matti Kurvinen, Chairman of the Board of Montisera.

Heikki Vuorikoski, founder of Montisera, will continue in Montisera in his current position as Business Development Director.

Montinutra and Montipharma are both issuing shares from November 4th, 2019 onwards.

For further information please contact:

Jukka Mäkelä, CEO, Montisera, tel. +358 46 8765223

Matti Kurvinen, Chairman of the Board, Montisera, tel. +358 40 5047845

Montisera receives several patents for the health beneficial wood extract

(Montisera Ltd, Turku, Finland; September 17, 2019) – Montisera Ltd, a Finnish development company focused on developing and commercialising bioactive compounds, announces today that the Japanese and Russian patent offices have granted patent for the Company’s product Qusitol®, “Wood hemicelluloses for use in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms and diseases”. The granted patent is based on applications drafted and prosecuted by the Turku office team, from Oy Kolster Ab. Kolster is the leading intellectual property service agency in Finland.


The origin of Montisera’s compound is deep in Finnish nature as it is extracted from spruce (Picea abies), the Green, renewable Gold of Finland. ”As we already stated in 2016 when the Finnish patent was granted, It is exceptional to have a patent issued for an extract like this. Now with the Russian and Japanese patents granted, the value and business potential for the product has grown to a next level”, says Heikki Vuorikoski, Business Development director of Montisera and one of the inventors of the product. 


The company has pending patent applicationsfor the spruce extract also in Canada, China, USA and EPO. In China and EPO the next official actions are expected already within a year.


Lower urinary tract (LUT) diseases cover all diseases that cause lower urinary tract symptoms, including various functional disorders and diseases of the bladder, the prostate and the urethra. The most common diseases associated with LUT symptoms related to the prostate in men are prostatitis, an umbrella term referring to several types of prostatitis, such as chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In women, common diseases related to the bladder are interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) and urinary incontinence.

Matti Kurvinen, Chairman of the Board of Montisera: “Despite the prevalence and incidence of these diseases and symptoms, there is still a lack of effective treatment. Montisera is seeking partners in order to take this potential finding further for the patients’ relief and treatment”. 


For more information please contact:

Montisera Ltd

Business Development Director Heikki Vuorikoski, tel. +358 40 7562 427


Forward-looking statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that reflect Montisera’s current expectations regarding future events, including statements about whether the subject patent would be issued and adequately protect Montisera against competition, Montisera’s plan to protect the commercial potential of its product candidates, and the future status of pending patent applications. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events could differ materially from those projected herein, and depend on a number of factors, including (inter alia) the success of Montisera’s research strategies, the applicability of the discoveries made therein, the successful and timely completion of uncertainties related to the regulatory process, and the acceptance of products by consumer and medical professionals. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are effective only as of the date hereof. Montisera undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.