Claes Post, Pharm Dr, Professor
Chairman, Board of Directors
Claes Post is Master of Pharmacy from Uppsala University, Pharm Dr from Linköping University, Associate Professor in Neuropharmacology and Anesthesiology from Uppsala University, previously Professor (Adjunct) in Neuropharmacology at Uppsala University, Lund University and Karolinska Institute. Currently he is Guest Professor in Neuropharmacology at Linköping University. After his Pharm Dr, he did a post-doctoral at NIH (NIEHS) in the USA. From 1981 – 1994 he was scientist and Preclinical vice president at Astra Pain Control and Astra Draco. Between 1994 and 1997 Claes was senior vice president for preclinical and clinical CNS drug discovery and development, as well as medical director CNS. He has been CEO of several start-up companies in the pharmaceutical fields, for example Melacure Therapeutics (Uppsala), Gastrotech (Copenhagen, Denmark), and Aprea (Stockholm). Claes has also been engaged in university based technology transfer, as CEO of Karolinska Innovations AB, and senior business development at Linköping University.
Currently Claes is Investment manager in the Life Science field at ALMI INVEST AB and serves as member of Boards at several ALMI INVEST Portfolio companies, as well as independent Board member. Academically he has published more than 140 articles in peer review scientific journals and has been mentor and supervisor/co-supervisor of PhD students
MD, PhD, Professor
Staffan Eriksson has more than 35 years’ experience in medical biochemistry and cell biology with a PhD and an MD from the Karolinska Institute. He was appointed Professor in Medical and Physiological Chemistry at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, in 1992. He has published more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and supervised 15 doctoral students. Staffan Eriksson is a leading scientist in the area of structure and function of Thymidine kinase 1 (TK1) with more than 100 publications during the last 10 years.
Staffan is one of the founders of AroCell and has served as a CSO and a Board Member of AroCell since 2003.
Carl Blomqvist has more than 30 years’ experience as oncologist both at the Helsinki University and as an associate professor at Uppsala University and the University of Örebro. He has published more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and supervised 20 doctoral students. His main field of expertise is in breast cancer and soft tissue sarcoma, having conducted many studies related to diagnostics and treatment of these diseases. He is currently Head of the Oncology Department of the Docrates Cancer Center in Helsinki, Finland.
He has been a member of the board of AroCell since 2015.
Christine Tadgell has over 20 years of experience in commercial strategy development with a diverse biopharmaceutical background combining European, North American and International experience. Christine Tadgell is currently Vice-President for the inVentiv Health Commercial Group providing commercial strategy support for both large and small European clients including Swedish biotech firm NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals. Christine has most recently been working with other emerging biopharmaceutical companies who are looking to commercialize assets in Europe in specialty therapeutic areas. She has also held senior leadership positions in several pharmaceutical organizations including Sanofi at global headquarters and in the Nordic region where she was on the Nordic Management team. Christine Tadgell has a history of success in corporate and commercial strategy development and sales execution of strategy within several specialty therapeutic areas including oncology, cardiovascular and neurology.
Christine has been a board member with AroCell since 2016.
MBA, M Sc.
Agneta Franksson holds a MBA from Uppsala University and a Master of Science degree from the Royal institute of Technology in Stockholm. Agneta has experience from two CEO positions, Vita Nova Ventures AB (Publ) (a CRO company) and Falck Ambulans AB (ambulance services) and more than 25 years’ experience from research, clinical trials, product/service development and international complex sales and marketing, primarily from work as a clinical trial manager at St Jude Medical, as the Sales & Marketing Director at Ortivus AB (Publ) and Sales Director at Tieto Healthcare and Welfare AB. At Tieto she worked as the Sales Director for a new product family Lifecare. Since 2006 she run her own management consulting firm focusing on analytic work, developing road maps, strategic plans, project managements, brand, profile, value work and implementation of market access strategies.
Since 2006, Agneta has served on several company boards, Dynawell Diagnostics AB, Medfield Diagnostics AB (Publ), Baricol Bariatrics AB. Today she is a member of the board of Blekinge Institute of Technology, Kraftpojkarna AB and serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Specialplast Wensbo and of Radix Kompetens AB where she received the national prize “Supergasell” (Dagens Industri).
Johan von Heijne
Johan von Heijne has some 30 years of experience from the life science, pharma and medical device industries as well as the financial industry. Johan has been working and for several blue-chip companies such as Ratos AB, recently as CEO for Biolin Scientific AB, COO for Radi Medical AB (today St Jude), General Manager and Executive at GE Healthcare, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Pharmacia Biotech AB (today Pfizer and GE) and Director Corporate Finance at Enskilda Securities AB (today SEB). He has also been Chairman of the Board for Connect Uppsala, an organisation supporting entrepreneurs and start-up firms. Today Johan is an independent Executive Advisor and Consultant and is focusing mainly on healthcare the sector and the private equity industry.
Johan strengths are strategy, change management, M&A and cross functional leadership. He has experience from global markets and organisations and is known to “get things done”. He has an B. Sc. in Molecular Biology, an MBA in International Marketing, and is a Certified Board Director (Aca. of Board Dir.).
Professor Gunnar Steineck has more than 30 years of experience with research in the medical field. After studies in mathematics, statistics and medicine at Uppsala University he received training in oncology and radiotherapy at Karolinska University Hospital and became a specialist in 1990. After a PhD exam 1990, he got a position as Associate Professor 1992 and subsequently did Post-doctoral studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 2002, he was appointed Professor at Karolinska Institutet and in 2004 he accepted a Professor’s Chair in Clinical Cancer Epidemiology at Göteborg’s university. The focus of the present research program is cure from cancer with restored health. An important part of the program is to prevent or alleviate treatment-induced survivorship diseases. His more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals cover studies of markers, randomized investigations and large-scale observational data collections.
Professor Steineck’s strengths include a broad overview of the medical field together with thorough methodological insights concerning clinical research. He has given courses in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics during 25 years and is currently head of the Clinical Research School at Sahlgrenska Academy, the school gives the 30 points needed for a doctoral exam.