Academician Sirpa Jalkanen, Professor of Immunology at University of Turku is the director of the national Flagship, InFlames. She also chairs two major Finnish research Foundations. She has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and has more than 10 patents. She is an EMBO member and a member of Academia Europae and has received several awards and honours such as Eli Lilly Award, Maud Kuistila Prize, Anders Jahre Prize, Äyräpää Prize, Datta Medal, and 2ndEuropean Women Innovator Prize and the Finnish Pharma Industry Prize. She is a co-founder of two publicly listed biotech companies.