Hi! I am Dr. Leona Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of Te?ted Oy (Tezted).
I have co-founded Tezted with Kunal Garg (Chief Technology Officer) in 2016 as a university spinoff company. Our goal was to help patients with complex diseases (e.g., Lyme disease) to get tested reliably, so they could get timely treatment and recover quicker.
I was born in Canada and moved to Finland for love. I am a Docent of Cell and Molecular Biology and I have over 20 years of experience in research-driven initiatives that provided valuable tools for patients. I have a doctorate in biotechnology and a very long experience in bio-innovation and bio-business and have supervised numerous PhD, MSc and BSc students.
My various peer-reviewed articles span turning research results into a translational value with developing novel delivery vectors as well as diagnostic lab-on-chip platforms. My publications show the thorough investigation of how a common virus or bacterium can contribute to autoimmune diseases, and demonstrate a multi-disciplinary background and collaborative efforts between clinicians, microbiologists, diagnostic developers, nano-scientists, physicists and engineers, and especially patients.
I strive so that my research initiatives into complete diagnostic platforms and clinical profiling of patients for tick-borne and autoimmune diseases will lead to a better understanding of how chronic conditions could be established with infectious pathogens.
I don't have much free time, but try to use it well! I enjoy sailing, snorkeling, and reading a great book, and I especially find it invigorating and relaxing to spend time in the forest, foraging for mushrooms and berries.
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities for collaborations, synergy, and good science. Let's connect.