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Management Team

Mats Grahn, Chief Executive Officer

Mats holds a MSc in Engineering Physics from Lund University, Sweden. He brings more than 25 years experiences in senior leading positions within the life science and diagnostics industry. He contributes with an extensive experience in business and strategic development, marketing, product management, product development and market access. Mats has a track record of leading international commercial operational organizations, restructuring of marketing organizations, integration of acquired companies as well as managing new start-ups. Much of his experience comes from leadership in multinational management teams and organizations in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Asia. Previous positions include CVP Marketing Dako A/S, VP Product Management GE Healthcare, VP Marketing Amersham Biosciences, VP Laboratory Separations Pharmacia Biotech and VP Prevas Bioinformatics.

Current appointments: Chairman of the Board and CEO of Gusmo AB. Deputy Director of Utas Glassmakeri AB.

Completed appointments (last five years): Chairman of the Board of Alligator Bioscience AB, Atlas Therapeutics AB och Bmatrix AB. Leading positions at Spiber Technologies AB and Biocrine AB.

Rolf Ehrnström, Chief Scientific Officer

Rolf holds a MSc in biochemistry & biotechnology engineering from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Rolf is the owner of Reomics AB and an independent partner at Ventac Partners. He has long experience of leading research and has been a Corporate Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Dako/Agilent and Gyros AB. Rolf has also experience as a Science Director at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech.

Current appointments: Board Member of Reomics AB sand Fluimedix A/S Danmark. Member of the Nomination Committee of Idogen AB.

Completed appointments (last five years): Board Member of Biomonitor A/S.

Peter Schulz-Knappe, Chief Technology Officer

Peter holds a MD in medicine and a PhD in cellular biology from Heidelberg University, Germany. He has been in biotechnology and proteomics for over 25 years, as serial entrepreneur, mainly as CSO and CTO of biotech companies. His focus is the discovery and development of diagnostic signatures from human blood. He has developed several high throughput platforms for mass spectrometry based peptide and protein analysis as well as protein arrays.

Peter founded BioVisioN AG in Germany where he developed peptidomics workflows, was CSO at Proteome Sciences in UK (quantitative mass spectrometry) and CSO at Protagen in Germany (protein arrays for autoimmune diseases and immuno-oncology). He led multiple clinical trials with international research organizations and pharma companies to develop novel diagnostics and companion diagnostics.

Current appointments: None

Completed appointments (last five years): CSO, Protagen AG, Germany

Hans Liljenborg, Chief Financial Officer

Hans Liljenborg has a degree as subject teacher in Business Administration and Mathematics from Lund University, Sweden. Hans has long experience as Financial Manager for growing, global medical technology companies and has been Finance Director at Physio Control Inc, Jolife AB and Finance Manager at Vivoline Medical AB, listed on Nasdaq First North in March 2015. He also operates an own accounting firm.

Current appointments: Board Member of ADAYS AB. Deputy Director of Entreprenörskompetens i Lund AB, Gantus Training AB and IES Interactive Executive Search AB. Auditor at Personalkooperativet Byns Förskola Ekonomisk förening. Holder of Prosperus.

Completed appointments (last five years): Leading positions at E-vård MinDoktor.se Sverige AB, Jolife AB, Quick-Cool AB and Vivoline Medical AB. Auditor at Bostadsrättsföreningen Långgårdsgatan 17 and Solbacka Trading.

Laura Chirica, Chief Commercial Officer

Laura holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Umeå University, Sweden, a MSc in Biochemistry and a BSc in Biotechnology. With more than 15 years experiences in leading commercial positions within the life science and diagnostics industry, Laura contributes with an extensive experience in business, organization and strategic development, sales, strategic and tactical marketing, product management and product support. She has a track record of leading and restructuring international sales and marketing organizations, driving business development, champion integration of acquired companies as well as developing branding and market communication platforms. Much of her experience comes from leadership in multinational management teams and organizations in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Asia. Previous positions include VP Sales and Marketing Euro Diagnostica AB, Director Purification Technologies Europe Sartorius Stedim, Global Marketing Director Dako A/S, and Global Marketing Program Manager GE Healthcare.

Current appointments: Board Member of SenzaGen AB.

Completed appointments (last five years): Leading position at Euro-Diagnostica AB.

Michael Pettigrew, Senior VP Sales North America

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in biologi at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He brings over 30 years of experience and has focused his extensive global expertise in the mana­gement of marketing & sales, business and strategic account development, licensing, mergers & acquisition, and commercial technology platform development. While he was at Thermo Fisher Scientific, he managed large regional based sales teams (USA, Canada, Latin America, and South America) by providing sales, technical support, and customer support. Prior to Thermo Fisher Scientific, Michael was the Vice President of Corporate Developme­nt at Magellan Biosciences, where he was focused on M&A and licensing. Prior to that, Michael held positions at GE Healthcare (Vice President, Sales), Amersham (Vice President, Genomics), and Pharmacia (Director of Marketing, North America).

Current appointments: None.

Previous appointments (past five years): VP Sales Americas Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Hans Christian Pedersen, VP Business Development

Hans Christian holds a MSc in Molecular biology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He brings over 18 years of industry experience working with drug development, antibody development, breast cancer research, companion diagnostics development, IVD global marketing, scientific affairs and business development. Hans Christian has an extensive experience in both development and commercialization of diagnostic tests and has been involved in building and launching strategic partnerships with global pharma partners.

Current appointments: None

Completed appointments (last five years): Business Development Director, Unilabs; Director of Scientific Affairs, Agilent Technologies and Head of Companion Diagnostics and IHC reagents, Agilent Technologies.

Linda Mellby, VP Research & Development

Linda received her PhD in Immunotechnology from Dept. of Immunotechnology within CREATE Health Translational Cancer Center, Lund University, in 2010, and a MSc in Chemistry Engineering in 2004. Linda has more than 15 year’s experiences of recombinant antibody microarray technology, the Immunovia platform. She has deep knowledge about platform features, technology development as well as clinical applications within oncoproteomics and autoimmunity. She has been one of the key researchers managing the development of the Immunovia antibody microarray platform for disease proteomics, conducting extensive work related to process optimizations, standardizations as well as clinical studies.

Current appointments: None

Completed appointments (last five years): None

Lotta Blomgren, Operations Director

Lotta holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Lund University, Sweden. Lotta has more than 30 years’ experience within the life science and diagnostics industry, whereof 15 years in leading positions. She contributes with extensive experience from leading manufacturing, quality control and logistics teams, as well as managing transfer of new products from development to commercial scale. Her track record includes strategic reorganizations of international manufacturing networks, managing people and project portfolios, as well as due diligence of potential acquirement of new companies and Contract Manufacturing (CMO).
Previous positions include VP Technical Operations at Euro Diagnostica AB, Head of Supply Chain Bioglan AB, Director Product & Technology Support Ferring A/S, Head of Process Development Ferring AB, cross functional roles within Process Development and Project Management at Astra AB, Kabi Pharmacia AB and ACO AB.

Current appointments: None

Completed appointments (last five years): Leading positions at Bioglan AB and EuroDiagnostica AB.

Annika Andersson, QA/RA Director

Annika is a Biomedical Scientist from Malmö University. She has more than 25 years’ experience within the life science and diagnostics industry, with the main focus on regulatory affairs and quality assurance of in vitro diagnostic medical devices. Annika contributes with global experience within regulatory strategies and regulatory submissions of IVDs. Her track record includes leading successful regulatory approval processes of medical devices for IVD CE marking as well as IVD approvals in Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia and 510(k) clearances in USA.

Current appointments: None

Previous appointments (past five years): Leading position at Euro Diagnostica AB (now SVAR Life Science AB).

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