Helena Strigård

CEO/Director General
+46 (0) 73 640 28 05

Helena Strigård, M.Sc. Molecular Biotechnology and BA Business Economy, started her career within life sciences at Phadia in 2004. She has since held a diverse set of positions spanning both business and government, including as Head of section at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, as an advisor at BusinessEurope and within research and innovation politics at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

Frida Lawenius

Deputy Director General
+46 (0) 73 515 75 60

Frida Lawenius, M.Sc. Economic History from School of Economics and Management, University of Lund, supplemented by Political Science, Political Economy and Management. She has 30 years of experience from policy as employee and elected representative and has held several managerial positions liable for strategic analysis and organizational development, most recently as Policy Director at the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists (Naturvetarna).

Olivier Duchamp

Vice president SwedenBIO and Managing Director NLSDays
+ 33 (0) 608 804 515

Olivier Duchamp, B.Sc. Mathematics & Physics and MBA, started his career within Life Sciences in 2004 at Lyon Scientific Foundation as Chief Operations Officer for BioVision, the World Life Sciences Forum and BioSquare, the International Life Science Partnering Conference. In 2010 he joins Technology Vision Group as Managing Director for BioPartnering Europe Conferences. Moving in 2012 to SwedenBIO as Managing Director for the Nordic Life Science Days and Vice-President in charge of International Business Development and Promotion. Olivier is also Vice President at Inova Software (One-on-One Partnering) in charge of the Event Solutions.

Alexandra Hoegberg

Director of Communications
+46 (0) 730 966 878

Alexandra Hoegberg, M.J. Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, is specialized in life science communications and has a background in journalism. Before joining SwedenBIO, she worked with pharmacovigilance and drug safety communication as Head of Global Communications at the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring, Uppsala Monitoring Centre. Prior to that, she resided in the Greater China Region, where she most recently worked as a journalist at Reuters News in Hong Kong.

Frida Eriksson

Community manager/controller
+46 (0) 703 40 98 59

Frida Eriksson, B.Sc. International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School, has a background at the Foreign Commercial Office of the US Embassy to Denmark in Copenhagen, and more recently as business developer at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego, where she managed the chambers life science focus. Prior to this, Frida pursued a professional career in alpine skiing.

Johanna Rissanen

Project coordinator
+46 (0) 736 22 14 5

Johanna Rissanen, B.Sc. in nursing from Malmö University, has background working clinically as a nurse within the trauma unit at Karolinska University Hospital. Most recently she comes from an administrative role in a digital marketing company and has now joined SwedenBIO as Project coordinator.

Sebastian Blomstrand

Communications coordinator
+46 (0) 73 141 17 89

Sebastian Blomstrand’s greatest passion is communication. His love for language has for example led him to a BA in English Literature and to copywriting/content creation. To deepen his knowledge, Sebastian studies communication at Medieinstitutet in Stockholm.


Lars Adlersson

Senior advisor

Lars Adlersson has more than 30 years of experience working with strategic and practical communication within the life science-sector, as well as experience in numerous positions including CEO of GlaxoSmithKline’s subsidiaries in Sweden and Austria, CEO of Medivir AB and Financial Analyst at Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Subsequent to his 18 years serving in the board of SwedenBIO, from 2014 as its Chairman, Lars has now taken on the role as Senior Advisor to the CEO. He is also Partner at Adlersson Heath and Board Member of IRLAB Therapeutics. Lars holds a BSc in Economics from Uppsala University, as well as educational training at IFL Executive Education, Duke University, and London Business School.

Chelsea Ranger

Senior advisor

Chelsea Ranger began as a Hepatology PA, diagnosing / treating patients with acute & chronic digestive and liver disease. After relocating to Oslo, she became General Manager of Norway and Senior Vice President of Commercial & Market Strategy for the Swedish digital health / medical imaging company, AMRA Medical. Today, she is CEO of C. Ranger Consulting, through which she acts as Program Director for NLSDays; Program Committee Co-Chair for NLS Invest; IR / BD Consultant for The Life Science Cluster, Norway; and Director of Clinical Strategy for the Oslo-based mixed-reality / medical imaging startup, HoloCare.

Jonas Ekstrand

Scientific advisor

Jonas Ekstrand is a scientist, entrepreneur and life science company executive with a doctorate in medical science from Karolinska Institutet. In the 90’s he worked as a researcher and lecturer at universities in Canada, USA and Sweden. He has 25 years of life science industry experience with operational and strategic roles in big pharma and biotech companies. He was Director General of SwedenBIO from 2012 until fall 2019 and is now serving as Senior/Scientific Advisor on a consultancy basis.

Tom Schlossman

Legal advisor

Tom Schlossman is an experienced business lawyer, with broad general qualifications. He is specialized within the life science field, in particular pharmaceutical development processes, including all legal arrangements required for research, clinical development, collaborations- and exit transactions. Previous positions include legal counsel at AstraZeneca AB, general counsel and VP at Medivir AB and legal counsel for several venture cap portfolio companies. Tom has also been a member of the Swedish bar association.