Who we are

We are a multi-disciplinary team with the expertise to analyse safety and effectiveness of technologies, their costs, ethical, organisational and legal implications, as well as patient and citizen aspects.

Iris Pasternack is the founder of the company. She is an occupational health physician and has a wealth of experience in HTA within Finnish research institutes and also has much experience of European cooperation in HTA. 

Pasi Aronen has over ten years of experience in health economics, health technology assessment and outcomes research. His main responsibilities have been to conduct statistical analyses and modelling in economic evaluations. In addition, he is interested in decision analysis methods and project appraisal. Recently, he has deepened his knowledge of data science, data management and data mining.

Neill Booth is a health services researcher, who has mainly specialised in economic evaluation related to HTA. Neill's interests include the critical appraisal of health-economic evaluations in practice, and their appropriate interpretation. Neill has worked, e.g., as a consultant for universities, research institutions, and ministries. Active memberships include HTAi, ISPOR, HESG and The Finnish Society for Health Economics.

Jaana Isojärvi is an information specialist, who is experienced in designing and undertaking high-quality literature searches to inform health technology assessment, systematic reviews and economic evaluations. She is especially interested in the methods of identifying unpublished clinical trial information and real world data. Jaana is a member of HTAi Information Retrieval Group.
Marjukka Mäkelä is a professor and a specialist in general practice, who has more than 20 years experience in undertaking and supervising HTAs, evidence-based guidelines and systematic reviews. She also has wide-ranging experience in terms of international cooperation and collaboration in the field of HTA, having acted as the chairperson of both INAHTA and GIN, and having served on the HTAi board and as the editor-in-chief for International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC).

Maija Saijonkari has over ten years of experience in undertaking HTAs, of medical writing and information dissemination. She is especially interested in methodology relating to systematic reviews and in HTAs of diagnostic methods.

The company also has a supportive advisory group. The objective of the group is to propose and reflect new ideas, and to liaise in finding the most appropriate experts for the projects. Risto P. Roine is a professor of patient safety in University of Eastern Finland and chief physician in Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). Harri Sintonen is a professor of health economics (emeritus) at the University of Helsinki, and Marja Blom is a professor of pharmacoeconomics, also at the University of Helsinki.
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