Satu Väinämö appointed as the new Director of PrintoCent

The widely known and previous PrintoCent Director, Ilkka Kaisto led PrintoCent with great success for over a decade and his contribution to the PrintoCent community has been tremendous. Now that Ilkka has recently retired, it is time for us to proudly announce the new Director of PrintoCent Satu Väinämö, M. Sc. (Tech.)  She started in September and in her newly appointed role, she will be responsible for

    • Actively leading the co-operation of partners and coaching PrintoCent members to screen and identify new innovations, collaboration projects, future products and business opportunities that lead true industrial impact.
    • Leading actions based on Printocent member needs and recommendations towards jointed marketing activities, education for future talents, identified research topics, as well as improved design and manufacturing capabilities and capacity.
    • Leading and hosting PrintoCent Innovation stream with PrintoCent InnoFest, Printo$ampo and PRINSE activities plus regular PrintoCent Industry Cluster meetings.
    • Continuously identifying, building and developing new local and international networking opportunities and partnerships, which support the strategy of the PrintoCent.

I see huge potential with the multidisciplinary applications that can turn printed intelligence and electronics as the de facto manufacturing solutions – we’re constantly looking for more sustainable and versatile products and that’s where PrintCent and its members can excel, envisions Satu Väinämö. Her comprehensive experience of leading international collaboration and projects, managing innovation activities and developing new services and products, will certainly be a major asset in all this. Moreover, her career includes over 15 years in leadership and specialist positions in product development in the ICT industry.

Since 2012 she was working at the University of Oulu, where she led the international eHealth programme, which accelerated European small and mid-sized enterprises and startups to develop innovative applications and businesses in the eHealth market. During 2014 – 2018 she was the director of Oulun Urban Living Labs, in which she was in charge of innovation and user-centered design related services leading 60+ development activities. Recently she has been building a national  digital health research and innovation knowledge Hub, Digihealth Hub, and its innovation ecosystem collaboration.

We warmly thank Ilkka for his extraordinary contribution and welcome Satu to the PrintoCent Community and hope that you get to know her too the soonest!

Her contact details:


Satu Väinämö

Director of PrintoCent

Phone +358 50 437 0978



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Printocent | VTT, Kaitoväylä 1, 90571 Oulu, Finland

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