Board of directors

Our board comprise member with both industry specific experience and business understanding, and have all a long track record of current and previous executive- and board positions. 

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Board of directors

Jónas Einarsson

Chairman
About Jonas Close

Jónas Einarsson has served as a Board Member since 2011. Mr Einarsson has over 30 years of experience in the medical industry and is currently the CEO of Radium Hospital Research Foundation, which position he has held since 2000. Mr Einarsson was a general practitioner and health director of the Lardal municipality from 1991 until 2000 and was general manager of Oslo Private Hospital from 1984 until 1991.
Mr Einarsson is educated as a Medical Doctor (MD) from the Reykjavik University, Iceland and the University of Oslo, Norway.

Leiv Askvig

About Leiv Close

Leiv Askvig has served as a Board Member since 2015, and is currently also a member of the Audit Committee. Mr Askvig is an Investment Advisor for Sundt AS, and served as their CEO from 2003 to 2020. Mr Askvig has vast experience within the financial industry. He was CEO/CFO at Opticore AB from 2001 until 2002, CFO at StudentUniverse, Inc. from 1999 until 2001 and has held various positions within investment banking at Sundal Collier & Co ASA (now "ABG Sundal Collier"). Mr Askvig holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School and attended the Advanced Management course at Harvard Business School.

Ketil Fjerdingen

About Ketil Close

Ketil Fjerdingen has served as a Board Member since 2012 and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2012 until 2018. Mr. Fjerdingen has, since 2002, been involved in investments and property development projects through a range of small single purpose companies. Prior to this, he held various executive management roles with companies including VI Partners AS, Mobile Media, Ernst & Young and Fokus Bank ASA. Mr. Fjerdingen holds the degree of Certified Public Accountant from NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Henrik Schüssler

About Henrik Close

Henrik Schüssler has served as a Board Member since 2015. Mr Schüssler is the CEO and board member of Gjelsten Holding AS, which position he has held since 2000. Mr Schüssler was CEO and CFO at Norway Seafoods ASA from 1995 until 2000 and accountant/consultant at Ernst & Young AS from 1987 until 1995.
Mr Schüssler holds a Bachelor of Chartered Accounting from BI Norwegian Business School.

Kari Grønås

Kari Grønås

About Kari Close

Kari Grønås has served as a Board Member since 2019. Kari Grønås (1964) has broad experience from the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. She has extensive experience in drug development and commercialization within the pharmaceutical industry of new breakthrough products securing regulatory approvals, i.e. Xofigo, Hexvix. Grønås also holds significant leadership and management experience including leadership of cross functional and governance teams from Bayer/Algeta ASA, PhotoCure and Nycomed Imaging/Amersham Health (Now GE Healthcare). Today she is a consultant within the sector and holds board positions in Spago Nanomedical AB, SoftOx AS and The Norwegian Lung Cancer Society. Ms Grønås hold s a Cand. Pharm. (M. Sci. Pharm) from the University of Oslo (UIO).

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Eva S. Dugstad

About Eva Close

Eva S. Dugstad has served as a Board Member since 2019. Ms Dugstad is currently Director for Business Development in The Norwegian Radium Hospital Research Foundation, which is a position she has held since 2017. Her previous appointments include the President and the Exec. Vice President at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), where she also was the chair of the board for IFE Venture, which commercialized IFE’s research results. Ms Dugstad has been involved in various boards in both public and private sector and in several public expert panels. Ms Dugstad holds a Cand. Pharm. degree from the University of Oslo.

Haakon Stenrød

About Haakon Close

Haakon Stenrød is a Senior Investment Manager at Watrium. Prior to joining Watrium, Mr Stenrød spent 12 years in the Investment Banking department of ABG Sundal Collier, focusing on M&A, restructurings and capital markets advisory. He is currently a Board member of DF Capital, a UK challenger bank listed on AIM London. In addition, he holds a Master in Industrial Economics and Technology management from NTNU, studied at London School of Economics and was an officer in the Royal Norwegian Army.

Aitana Peire

About Aitana Close

Aitana Peire is an Investment Manager of Canica's Future of Health assets and holds a board position in EXACT-Tx AS. Prior to that, she worked as business analyst and senior consultant in Venture Valuation Switzerland, doing third party valuations of Life Science companies and products, as Pharma equity research analyst for Kepler Cheuvreux and as PMA consultant for Stratas Partners in Basel. Before moving to Switzerland she worked as investment analyst for London-based hedge fund Carval Investors, as part of the NPL team, and as researcher for the London Ambulance Service. Aitana holds a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Håkan Englund

Board Observer
About Håkan Close

Håkan Englund has served as a Board Observer since 2019. Mr Englund has more than 30 years of experience from the health care industry. He has held several leading management positions in Pharmacia Biotech and Phadia. He is today acting as a private investor and is on the board and advisor to several companies including Sensidose AB, Immuneed AB and Chundsell Medicals AB.