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Krista Rantanen, PhD, Director of Scientific Applications

What are your main responsibilities?

My main responsibility is to support the distribution network especially in Europe but also in other continents. I provide material for application notes, deliver webinars and represent our brands at key events.

How did you get into the industry?

I did my PhD in a lab focused on prolyl hydroxylase enzymes, so the core components of cellular oxygen sensing and during those years I got very familiar with the industry. After finishing my post doctoral period (this time working with oxygen sensing mechanisms in kidney cancer), I got into the technical side as my team in Finland developed OxyGenie.

What did you do before this job?

I have spent two years developing and commercializing OxyGenie. At the same time I was the Director of Development at the medical faculty of University of Turku, Finland and coordinator for a EU-funded Horizon2020 - project on mental disorders.

What do you do in a typical day?

I prepare material to be used in sales, set up presentations and webinars and keep in touch with our distribution network around the world. I also meet our distributors and key collaborators on regular basis, always keeping my eyes open for new technologies to bring under our brand!

What’s your most memorable or proudest moment?

Apart from being extremely proud (every day) of our now 9 year old daughter, the most memorable work moment was the initial introduction of OxyGenie to team Baker at 2017 Keystone Hypoxia meeting in Whistler, Canada. That meeting and the following year started a series of events I can be proud of and my engineering team behind OxyGenie in particular.

What’s the best part of your job?

The people! Absolutely! I have already met so many wonderful and interesting people, people I have so much to learn from. They have enabled me to use my very core expertise in the field I’m passionate about and to be able to call that work – could not be anything better! Also, I feel very appreciated and valued in my job which motivates me to do more than my best every day.

What’s the worst part of your job?

The worst is that it is so enticing I would want to have more hours in a day, days in a week…

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in the industry?

Go for it and have no fear of failure. The industry’s global scale and growing market provides an outstanding opportunity to enable science on all fronts.

How do you like to unwind?

My daughter's hobbies keep me pretty active and that is very relaxing. Other than that it is all about R&R for me: run and ride. I run daily if possible and ride my horse every chance I get. I’m also keen on photography (take a look on Instagram: theworldbykristafb).

What career would you like if you weren’t doing this?

I would compete in show jumping with my horse. If I could pick any occupation, even the one I know nothing about, I would probably like to be a carpenter. As a child I planned on being an ambassador for my country. I got pretty close didn’t I – an ambassador for precision science!

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Krista Rantanen, PhD
Baker Ruskinn Director of Scientific Applications
The Baker Company
Sanford, Maine
04073, US
Email: krista@ruskinn.com | Mobile: +358400525938