Michael Engsig joined Vaccibody in March 2017. He is a broadly anchored pharmaceutical professional with extensive experience from early-stage drug discovery to late-stage development and product launches in biotech and pharma and across all major geographical areas, e.g. with Takeda and Nycomed. He holds a civil engineering (MSc) degree in chemistry specializing in biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) in organization and leadership from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
Agnete B. Fredriksen is a co-founder of Vaccibody. Her focus is on developing vaccines from idea to clinical development, having had prior roles at Affitech AS and Medinnova AS. She is the author of numerous scientific papers in the field of immunology, immunotherapy and vaccines, and has been awarded several patents in the field of immunotherapy. She is a board member of the Enabling Technologies portfolio of NRC, stimulating research in Norwegian industry. She holds an MSc and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Immunology, Rikshospitalet Medical Center in Oslo, where she designed and developed the first Vaccibody vaccine molecules. She received the King’s Gold Medal of Merit for her Ph.D. thesis describing vaccibodies.
Mette Husbyn joined Vaccibody in 2017. Her professional experience spans CMC, drug development through all clinical stages from early research to NDA/MAA filings, including regulatory filings within both the antimicrobial and immune oncology programs, as well as diagnostic imaging. Past employments include Lytix Biopharma, Nycomed Pharma, Amersham Health and GE Healthcare. She holds a Ph.D. in peptide chemistry from the University of Oslo.
Siri Torhaug joined Vaccibody as Chief Medical Officer in January 2020. She has broad experience in clinical development and translational research. Furthermore, she has extensive experience in scientific and medical affairs covering relevant tumor areas, R&D and general management of cancer drug development as well as product launches and life cycle management for several oncology products. Past employments include Oslo University Hospital (Radiumhospitalet), one of the premier oncology hospitals in Europe, as well as Novartis and AstraZeneca. She is a medical doctor and a certified clinical specialist in oncology.
Hans Petter Tjeldflaat joined Vaccibody in October 2012, serving as CFO on a part time basis. He holds ha MSc in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of General Business from BI.
Hans Petter has since 2003 worked as an independent consultant to life science companies as a part time CFO, hereunder Affitech AS, Inovio AS, Nordic Nanovector AS, Otivio AS, Respinor AS and Nextera AS. Prior to this, Hans Petter held positions as Investment Manager in SND Invest AS and Investor Relations at Christiania Bank.
Caspar Foghsgaard joined Vaccibody in November 2018 as Director Business Development. He holds a MSc in Management from University of Surrey and a Bsc (Hons.) in Chemistry with Biological Chemistry from the University of St Andrews.
Caspar’s professional experience spans from business development and strategy in Novozymes A/S to being an independent consultant to biotech companies. His experience includes diverse transactions within business development, fundraising and mergers & acquisitions.
Karoline W. Schjetne joined Vaccibody in August 2017 as Vice President Scientific Affair. She holds a PhD from University of Oslo, followed by a postdoctoral scholarship where she also worked as visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School. Karoline has worked in both biotech and big pharma industry within the area of immunotherapy and inflammatory diseases since 2007. Karoline is author of several scientific papers in this field and her professional experience spans from development and launch of medical devices to market authorization and product launch, lastly as part of medical affairs in Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Gunnstein Norheim joined Vaccibody in April 2020 and holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree (Cand. Pharm.) from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has extensive experience in coordinating vaccine science- and early development programs. Gunnstein work includes research in the Oxford Vaccine Group, vaccine development for meningococcal disease and Ebola with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He was a member of the Study Steering Group for the Ebola ring vaccination trial in West Africa, and a part of the international WHO-led core team. During Gunnstein’s time at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), he was instrumental in developing the organization from its beginning in 2016 and to a permanent international organization.
Monika Sekelja joined Vaccibody in May 2017 and holds a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from University of Oslo, Norway. She has extensive experience in developing products that combine genomics, next generation sequencing, molecular biology, machine learning and bioinformatic algorithms. Monika has co-founded and worked in biotech startups within the field of microbiome where she has been involved in engaging cross-functional teams to drive innovative use of genetic/genomic data and analyses. She is the author of numerous scientific papers and patents in the field of bioinformatics, microbiome, and 3D modelling of the human genome.