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Leif Hilden

President of the Management Board

Leif is co-owner of TeraCrystal and serves as President of the Management Board, leading the strategic direction and the growth of the company. He brings at TeraCrystal an outstanding leadership expertise and a profound understanding of global business in pharma domain. His career highlights include over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and positions of increasing responsibility at Orion Corporation Fermion, ranging from development chemist to Vice President for Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC), Regulatory Affairs, Environmental Protection, Occupational Safety, Transportation Regulations, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Product and Process Research & Development. Leif holds a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Helsinki and a Licentiate of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University. In addition he has business and management qualifications from the School of Economics and Business Administration and Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki. His academic accomplishments include authorship of 10 patents, lectures, trainings and presentations at international scientific events.

Coca Iordache

Chief Executive Officer

Coca is one of the founding members of TeraCrystal and currently oversees the entire operations, being responsible for management of the company. Coca obtained a Ph.D. degree from University “Politechnica” in Romania and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Applied Catalysis at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her R&D career covers a wide range of research, technology and management positions in Romania, Canada and The Netherlands. Coca deeply understands the business value of commercialization of R&D results, her scientific expertise being enriched by a substantial hands on experience in developing, implementing and promoting of new technologies. Coca has a proven track record of successful participation in securing R&D funding from public sources, provided by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Industrial Research Assistance Program, Canada (IRAP) and European Commission (FP7, Horizon 2020). Additionally, she brings many years of experience in interactions with industry, government policy makers and also professional societies. Coca is member of different European and American scientific societies, European Expert and sits on the Romanian Research Council.

Mihaela Pop

Chief Scientific Officer

Mihaela is one of the co-founders of TeraCrystal, managing the scientific, research and technological operations. She is a successful scientist and entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience in solid state chemistry, accumulated from both academic and industry working environment. Having gained a PhD in Solid-State from “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj, she moved forward to take up a postdoctoral fellowship in Crystallography at University of Amsterdam. Mihaela started her professional career at Avantium BV, The Netherlands, pioneer in the field of crystallization and polymorphism. She was in charge of leading the Pharma Team, being responsible for key commercial solid-state programs for pharmaceutical industry leaders. Prior TeraCrystal, Mihaela, in her capacity as Director of EU program HT-Pharma built the entire crystallization team and integrated new state of the art facility into an effective work-flow, at INCDTIM-Cluj Napoca, During her career, she has published patents and articles in various professional journals and has made numerous presentations at seminars and conferences.
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