Ria is a biomedical engineer (MSc), whose speciality is in tissue engineering and biomaterials. In addition to her MSc studies in Tampere University of Technology, she spent six months studying in Tohoku University, Japan, where she was a part of the Bone Regenerative Engineering research project, which focused on developing a bioceramic composite material for bone tissue engineering. During her stay in Japan, she participated in publishing of two research papers and gained valuable experience from working in an international environment. This experience was further deepened after returning to Finland, when she continued doing research in the Bioglasses, Bioceramics and Biocomposites research group in Tampere University. Ria first got interested in patenting through her minor studies in industrial engineering where she learned about the importance of productization; The time it takes to get a new product into the market is especially long in the medical field so it’s important to protect your innovation through patenting.