Born in 1973, Salmela is the CTO and co-founder of Spinnova with Janne Poranen.
Prior to inventing the method for spinning fibre out of cellulose, physicist Salmela was a team leader of VTT’s (Technical Research Centre of Finland) rheology and process flows team.
His main focus was on experimental research of paper making related fibre suspension flows and rheology.
Salmela has also led several large industrial process development projects in his 18 years with the VTT. He was also a visiting scientist at the university of British Columbia in Vancouver.
He is a member of the Pulp and Paper Fundamental Research Committee.Salmela was chosen European CTO of the Year 2018 by Spinverse and EIRMA.
On his time off he does a variety of sports with and without his family. Salmela is also a licensed light aircraft pilot and ski instructor.