Sakari Kauppinen

Professor & Director of Center for RNA Medicine

Center for RNA Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University


Sakari Kauppinen serves as Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Director of the Center for RNA Medicine. Dr. Kauppinen earned his M.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Helsinki and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Copenhagen followed by postdoctoral training at the GeneExpress Research Satellite, Novo Nordisk, Denmark.

His research focuses on exploring the roles of microRNAs, long noncoding RNAs and circular RNAs in human health and disease and discovering RNA-targeted therapeutics for unmet medical needs.

Before joining Aalborg University, Dr. Kauppinen was Senior Director of MicroRNA Research and Drug Discovery at Santaris Pharma, and Head of the microRNA Research Unit at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen, where he was responsible for multiple microRNA research and drug discovery programs in cancer, cardiometabolic and infectious diseases, including the discovery of the world’s first microRNA‐targeted medicine, miravirsen. He was also a member of the miravirsen clinical development team that has successfully advanced this microRNA drug to clinical phase 2 trials for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection with proven efficacy against HCV and a good safety profile.

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