People

Management

CEO

Per Fischer, D.Phil.

Dr. Fischer has 15 years experience from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry within product development and business development. He has founded and run several biotech companies, and has 5 years experience as a business and product development consultant within the sector. He holds a D.Phil. from University of Oxford and has 6 years of laboratory experience within immunology and infectious diseases.


Head of Manufacturing

Kim Ry Hejnaes, M.Sc.

Mr. Hejnaes has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than 35 years as a protein chemistry principal scientist, project director, chief operating officer and chief executive officer hereof 20 years with Novo Nordisk and 5 years with CMC Biologics. Kim Hejnaes is the co- founder of L&K Biosciences, SMC Biotech, Hejnaes Consult, help4biotech and invest4biotech and serves as an adjunct professor in Biotechnology at University of Aalborg, Denmark. Since 1998, Kim Hejnaes has focused on outsourcing aspects of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) operations with involvement in a substantial number of international biotech projects over the years.


Head of Clinical Development

Michael Darsley D.Phil.

Dr. Mike Darsley has over 25 years experience in industrial Biotech in the USA, UK and Denmark in the fields of monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. He was VP bacterial vaccine research at Acambis UK, Chief Development Officer at ACE Biosciences and TD Vaccines in Denmark and has provided independent product development consultancy for 3 years to Pharma, Biotech and academic clients. He has a BA in Biochemistry and a D.Phil in molecular immunology from the University of Oxford and was a Fogarty International Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA.


Scientific Advisor and Coordinator of NeoStrep EU Project

Bengt Johansson Lindbom, Ph.D.

Dr. Lindbom is an Associate Professor at the section for immunology, Lund University. His team studies the adaptive immune system, which underlies the development of protective immunological memory in response to infections or vaccination. Dr. Johansson Lindbom earned his Ph.D in immunotechnology in 2002. He then pursued post-doctoral work at the medical faculty at Lund University, studying mucosal immunology with particular focus on mucosal dendritic cells and the role they play in the orchestration of mucosal adaptive immune responses. In 2006, he was awarded a position as an Assistant Professor with the Swedish research council and has since then been the principal investigator for the research group Adaptive Immunity. Dr. Johansson-Lindbom is the author to a number of studies published in top-tiered international immunological journals, including the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the Journal of Immunology, Nature medicine and Immunity.



Board of Directors

Ingelise Saunders, Chairman

Ingelise has more than 35 years experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Until September 2013 she was CEO of the Swedish life science investment company SLS Invest AB. Prior to that she was CEO in three privately owned Danish Biotech companies, among these Action Pharma A/S ,which was sold to Abbott in 2012.Prior to joining the biotech companies in 2004,she was Executive Director of Celltech Group plc in UK and CEO of Celltech Pharmaceuticals for 3 years until the acquisition of Celltech by UCB in 2004. Prior to joining Celltech, Ingelise Saunders held a series of senior executive positions during her 16 years at Novo Nordisk, and has also held senior commercial positions at Glaxo, Schering-Plough and Ferrosan. Ingelise Saunders is today a Director of Topotarget A/S, a listed Danish cancer company.


Nanna Lüneborg, PhD MBA

Nanna is Investment Director of Novo Seeds, the early stage investment arm of Novo A/S. Prior to joining Novo A/S, she worked for Apposite Capital, a London-based healthcare venture fund, where she was responsible for diligence of new investment opportunities and involved in all aspects of investment activities, deal structuring and portfolio management. Earlier in her career, she worked at Cancer Research UK as a research manager. Nanna completed undergraduate studies at University of Oxford, PhD in Neuroscience at University College London, and MBA at University of Cambridge. Nanna also serves on the board of Affinicon and Pcovery.


Sten Verland

Sten is founding partner at Sunstone Capital A/S. He has more than 20 years experience as an international executive, entrepreneur and venture investor in biotech companies as well as pre-clinical and clinical CROs. Dr. Verland holds a M.Sc. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Copenhagen. After completing his doctorate, he held a number of academic positions in the field of biomedical research including the position of Assistant Professor in Immunology at the University of Copenhagen. In 1994, Dr. Verland headed a Management Buy-Out of a contract research organization (CRO) specializing in laboratory animal science and non-clinical development. After 4 years as a major shareholder, Dr. Verland merged the company with another CRO thus forming M&B A/S, which was subsequently acquired by Taconic, Inc., New York, in 2000. In 1998, Dr. Verland participated in the foundation of Synarc, Inc., San Francisco, and served for 4½ years as VP, General Manager Europe. During his tenure, Synarc developed from a small start-up clinical service provider into the world's largest central radiology service company dedicated exclusively to global clinical trials. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Verland operated his own investment company where he co-founded or invested in 7 life science companies and served as non-executive director on 16 Boards.


Fredrik Siwmark, M.Sc. (Econ)

Fredrik is CFO of The Lauritzen Foundation and LF Investment, the investment arm of The Lauritzen Foundation. Fredrik joined The Lauritzen Foundation and LF Investment in his current position in 2010. Prior to his current engagement Fredrik worked for TDC A/S, the Danish telecommunication incumbent, for 10 years primarily within Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Business Development. Before this he was employed by DnB ASA, the largest bank in Norway, as an Account Manager within Corporate Banking. Fredrik also serves on the board of Commotive A/S, EDF Inc., NowShop AS and as CEO of Levitaid A/S. Fredrik completed his M.Sc. in International Business at Copenhagen Business School in 1997.


Line Holten, M.Sc (Econ)

Line is an Investment Manager at Seed Capital. Before joining SEED Capital in 2004 she worked for another life sciences venture fund Danske Life Science and as equity analyst in Danske Bank. Line also serves as Board member in Reapplix, Sense, Aros Pharma, Dep-Xplora and Oracain. She holds a Master in Economics from the University of Copenhagen as well as PhD courses in Finance from the University of Vienna.


Annelie Sylven Troedsson

Annelie Sylvén Troedsson has since 1997 been part of developing the structures for collaboration between industry and universities in Sweden as head of the Legal division at Lund University, as well as supporting new companies based on research from the university. Since 2005 she has focused her activities on the latter as part of the team at LUIS, Lund University Innovation System. Before joining Lund University, she was Senior Legal Advisor at the Absolut Company, responsible for, i.a. IP-related matters.