VD/ Director General
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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.
Deputy Director General
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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).
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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.
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Nicole Hanzon, M.Sc. Bioentrepreneurship and B.Sc in Biomedicine from Karolinska Institute has held various positions at SwedenBIO, including as Program Director for Nordic Life Science Days. She has previously held project coordinacting roles at Swedish Incubators and Science Parks, at Forska!Sverige and performed her Master Thesis at the communications bureau Narva. After completing a content marketing education at Berghs School of Communication, she took on the role as Communications Manager at SwedenBIO.
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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.
Director EU SME Support
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Björn Ursing has a background as a scientist as Assoc prof. in bioinformatics at Karolinska Institutet. After academia he has worked as self-employed consultant, as bioinformatician in a pharmaceutical company, in investment promotion in Umeå and running a biotech company in Copenhagen. At SwedenBIO he has been program director for NLSDays, setting up vc2vc – a partnering event between investors, heading working groups and been responsible for SwedenBIO events.
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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.
Vice president SwedenBIO and Managing Director NLSDays
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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.
Program Director NLSDays 2021
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 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.