Team

Team

Annbjørg Falck

Chief Executive Officer
and Co-founder

Annbjørg Falck is a PharmD from the University of Oslo/University of Southern California, and she holds an MBA from the Open University in UK. She has broad experience from pharmaceutical and biotech industry, spanning from large international companies (GE Healthcare and Pfizer Norway) to pharmacy management (Boots Limited) and smaller Norwegian companies (Pronova Biopharma, Targovax, Zelluna Immunotherapy). Since 2010 she has worked in leadership roles within the field of drug development, with a main focus and enthusiasm for regulatory strategy and execution throughout the journey of bringing drugs through preclinical and clinical development to patients. Prior to co-founding NaDeNo Falck worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence for SINTEF TTO & Venture on the commercialization of SINTEF’s nanomedicine technology, resulting in the establishment of NaDeNo.

Yrr Mørch

Chief Technology Officer
and Co-founder

Yrr Mørch is a nanomedicine specialist and one of the inventors of NaDeNo’s technology. She holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering (sivilingeniør) from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, specializing in biotechnology. In 2008 she defended her PhD in biopolymer chemistry for which she was awarded as the top PhD thesis from Tekna in 2008. Since 2012 she has been the project leader of numerous national and international research and industry projects, has led the Nanomedicine strategic area at SINTEF and was the lead scientist of NaDeNo’s nanoformulation platform technology. Mørch is author of >40 scientific peer-reviewed publications, inventor of eight patents and has contributed as invited speaker at scientific and popular science conferences, in several newspaper articles, a podcast, and in national TV and radio interviews.

Torgeir Vaage

Chief Financial Officer

Torgeir Vaage holds a MSc from Norges Handelshøyskole (Norway) and a PhD from UC Berkeley in Business Administration. He has more than 20 years of combined experience from the financing sector and biotech with multiple CFO and CEO roles in early-stage life science companies. Vaage is the former senior equity analyst of ABG Sundal Collier/Handelsbanken and management consultant at AT Kearney.

Sofie Snipstad

Senior Scientist

Sofie Snipstad holds an MSc degree in (Bio)nanotechnology (sivilingeniør, 2013) and a PhD in Biophysics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, 2017). Since 2013 she has been working with nanoparticle based drug delivery at NTNU and SINTEF, where she led various research projects and was awarded several personal research grants. Her PhD was awarded best thesis of the year in 2018 (NV faculty, NTNU). She is an author of >28 scientific peer-reviewed articles and >64 abstracts to scientific conferences. She has also contributed >70 popular scientific interviews, talks and articles in various channels such as newspapers, blogs, podcasts, TV and radio. She was the national winner of Research Grand Prix in 2016, and was awarded communicator of the year (NV faculty, NTNU) in 2021. In 2024 she received The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters’ award to young researchers who achieved exceptional results within their field. She is an Alumni member of The Young Academy of Norway and of SIKT after invitation from the Norwegian Crown Prince. She also serves in the editorial board for Journal of Controlled Release.

Glen Clack

Contract CMO

Glen Clack, MB BS MD FFPM, graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, and after spending 5 years in the British National Health Service, joined Pharma in 1997.
Glen initially gained Industry drug development experience in late clinical development with AstraZeneca’s endocrine portfolio, delivering 2 NDAs and an sNDA. Since 2002 he has been involved in translational medicine and has been accountable for the early development of anti-cancer compounds, from lead optimisation to clinical proof of concept in both solid and haematological malignancies i.e. small and large molecules, cytotoxic chemotherapy, anti-sense oligonucleotides and therapeutic vaccines. The relevant biological effect areas of these compounds include hormone manipulation, invasion, DNA damage repair, immune modulation, angiogenesis, CDKs, the MTOR/PI3K/AKT and WNT pathways, tumour genomic drivers. He was also the AZ Industry representative on the CRUK radiation combinations alliance.
Glen is the honorary Professor of Translational Medicine in the Department of Oncology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield, where his academic interest is in methods to maintain health into old age. He has been the industry representative for several Academic and Regulatory Alliances/’Think Tanks’ and acts as a Consultant to the Biotech Industry. He was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in 2012 and is a tutor and lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at Manchester University.
Glen works with Academia, Medical Charities, Biotech and Small Pharma companies to move new treatments into the clinic and to proof of concept.

Mary Reilly

Contract COO
Mary is a Chief Operating officer known for leading & driving big pharma and small biotech portfolio through the entire drug development lifecycle to help change patient lives.

Mary is a focused, resilient senior-level leader recognised for driving and delivering results across small molecule, biologics, and cell therapy products. Known for leading and driving big pharma and small biotech portfolio through the entire drug development lifecycle, delivering operational excellence through effective program management, human capital, CMC, and clinical operations. Especially skilled at leading global operations and driving drug development through to execution into the clinic. Articulate communicator who builds lasting relationships with stakeholders, clients, partners, clinicians, and vendors. Known for building a strong company direction and developing corporate governance. Eligible to function as a QP
under EU Regulation 536/2014.

Mary has a Masters in Pharmaceutical Science, a Master’s in leadership & Organisational Leadership and a Diploma in Company direction & Corporate governance.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ole J. Dahlberg

Chair of the Board

Ole J. Dahlberg brings 25 years of experience from the life science industry. In addition to co-founded three start-up companies, Dahlberg worked both on the commercial side, and in R&D leadership roles, for German Biotech company Qiagen. Over the past 15 years Dahlberg has been in executive leadership roles in Life Technologies, as Managing Director for Norway based Dynal Biotech, and later for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Until 2021 Dahlberg was based in California, USA, working as Vice President & General Manager with responsibility for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Cell Biology Division. Dahlberg holds a few biotech company board positions, and currently works as CEO for Curida. Mr. Dahlberg holds a Master of Science in Genetics and Marine Biology from University of Oslo.

Eli Grong Aursand

Board Member

Eli G. Aursand holds a master’s degree in product development and materials from the The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has extensive experience in developing and scaling deep-tech companies from NTNU and SINTEF. Currently, she works as an investment director in SINTEF TTO & Venture with the main purpose of building tech start-ups based on SINTEF technology.

Jonas Hallén

Board Member

Jonas Hallén is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Calluna Pharma, a Forbion-backed company that develops monoclonal antibodies targeting innate immune amplifiers for the treatment of chronic inflammatory and fibrotic diseases.

Before joining Calluna, Jonas spent a decade in the pharmaceutical industry in various positions such as Nordic Therapeutic Area Director at Boehringer Ingelheim, Clinical Program Leader at Pronova Biopharma and Region Europe Medical Director (Cardio-Metabolic) at Novartis. His experience spans preclinical, early and late-stage clinical development as well as medical affairs.

Jonas is an MD from the University of Copenhagen and holds a PhD in cardiovascular disease from the University of Oslo.

Jonas is excited about the development of technology and drugs that can address unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients.

Reidar Stokke

Board Member

Reidar Stokke holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics, is a certified Public Accountant and Authorised Financial Analyst. He is the former CEO of SpareBank 1 SMN Invest AS and Director of Corporate Markets at SpareBank 1 SMN. Other assignments: Board member of the companies Factoring Finans AS, Proventure Seed I and II AS, Leiv Eriksson Nyskaping AS, Rem Offshore AS and Grilstad Marina AS. Chairman of Turtle Invest AS and Aqua Venture AS.

Scientific partners and advisors

Scientific partners and advisors

Kjersti Flatmark

Clinical research and advisor

Prof. Dr. Kjersti Flatmark (MD, PhD) is a clinician-scientist at Oslo University Hospital/Norwegian Radium Hospital, combining clinical work with building translational research projects focusing on treatment of peritoneal surface malignancies, locally advanced, recurrent and metastatic colorectal cancer. These cancers are the main clinical responsibilities of Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Norwegian Radium Hospital. She is the first clinician to hold a group leader position at Institute for Cancer Research. She has developed broadly collaborative translational and clinical projects spanning a range of medical subjects from evaluation of novel drugs in preclinical models to observational and interventional clinical trials. She has also developed robust national and international collaborations through regional (ACREDIT) and European (Cure4PMP) research networks. The group of Dr. Flatmark has been highly involved in the development of NaDeNo’s lead candidate.

Wim P. Ceelen

Clinical Advisor

Prof. Dr. Wim P. Ceelen (MD, PhD) is a surgical oncologist and associate Professor at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. His interest is within advanced or recurrent GI cancer, soft tissue retroperitoneal cancers, ovarian cancer, and peritoneal metastasis. He leads the experimental surgery lab at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, and performs clinical, translational, and basic research in the fields of intraperitoneal drug delivery, novel treatments of peritoneal metastasis, biophysical properties of cancer tissue, and lymphatic metastasis in colon cancer.

John Paul Y.C. Shen

Clinical Advisor

Prof. Dr. John Paul Y.C. Shen (MD) is a physician-scientist with a scientific background in chemical biology, network biology and functional genomics and clinical training in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with a clinical practice focused on colon and appendix cancers. His long-term research goal is to better understand the cancer genome, and to leverage that understanding to better the delivery of chemotherapy. Active research projects include generating novel preclinical models of appendiceal cancer, investigation of intratumor heterogeneity with single cell transcriptomics, and the automated extraction of clinical outcomes data from the Electronic Health Record to facilitate the development of molecular biomarkers.

Andreas Åslund

Nanoformulation development and synthesis

Dr. Andreas Åslund is a Research scientist at SINTEF and has a background in organic chemistry with a PhD from Linköping University, Sweden. For the last decade he has worked exclusively on the development of targeted delivery and (nano)formulation of drugs. These activities include the establishment of ultrasound mediated blood-brain barrier opening in Norway and mechanistic studies on ultrasound mediated delivery of drugs and nanoformulations to the brain and other target tissue. Within formulation he has been part of the team that developed the lead formulation for NaDeNo and in addition he has extensive experience from other polymer nanoformulation technologies. He is at the bord of the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine and Chair for the working group Nanotherapeutics and Targeted Delivery. At SINTEF he is the project leader for all activities related to NaDeNo.

Geir Klinkenberg

In vitro characterization

Dr. Geir Klinkenberg is a Research manager at SINTEF with more than 15 years of experience in drug discovery, high throughput screening, in vitro cell-based assays and bioprocess development. Klinkenberg has also more than 15 years’ experience in management of large research projects for national and international biotech and pharma industry and is currently managing a project portfolio of more than 50 MNOK in SINTEF. Furthermore, Klinkenberg coordinated the work of in vitro cell viability and cytotoxicity in EU Nanomedicine Characterization Laboratory (EUNCL) as Assay Group Leader.

Jérémie Parot

Physical/chemical characterization

Dr. Jérémie Parot, Research scientist at SINTEF, has a PhD in analytical chemistry and has extensive experience in the physico-chemical characterization of nanoparticles with wide expertise in drug delivery systems. Specialist in field flow fractionation (AF4) instrument and currently working on RNA-LNP design, production and quality control, Jérémie has also expertise in the standardization of methods from the lab to the standardization bodies.

Mark Tracy

CMC

Mark Tracy is Founder and President, Tracy BioConsulting, LLC.  Dr. Tracy is known internationally for developing innovative first-in class complex injectables and nucleic acid therapeutics and vaccines.  Dr. Tracy played a key role in developing Onpattro®, the first RNAi therapeutic approved by the FDA, EMA and other regulatory agencies worldwide.  He has also played an important role in the development of lipid nanoparticle technology used in mRNA COVID-19 vaccines granted regulatory approval worldwide.  Previously, he developed several complex injectable sustained release products that have been commercialized including Vivitrol®, Bydureon®, and Nutropin® Depot, which was the first long-acting protein product approved by the FDA.  Dr. Tracy has extensive experience in the development of nano and microparticle-based products and other sterile injectable formulations from research through IND filing and commercialization.  He has been recognized by peers internationally for accomplishments and leadership in the pharmaceutical product development, bioengineering, and delivery fields.   Dr. Tracy is a Past-President and Fellow of the Controlled Release Society (CRS) and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Ruth Schmid

Strategic and scientific advice

Ruth Schmid has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of preparation and characterization of micro- and nanoparticles by various technologies and from a wide variety of materials, as well as the surface modification of polymers and polymer particles to introduce tailor-made properties. A special focus has been on the encapsulation and immobilisation of liquids and solids from emulsions, for protection and controlled release.

The last 10+ years, she has shown a special interest is the emerging field of nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery and release, nanotechnology-based diagnostics, regenerative medicine, as well as preclinical characterization. Ruth introduced nanomedicine as a new business area at SINTEF and is the main inventor or co-inventor of several patents that are the basis for NaDeNo’s technology.

Ruth has a special focus on applied research and product-oriented solutions. She has long-term experience in translation from laboratory to pilot scale, e.g. through the development of the Dynabeads and SINTEFs various drug delivery platforms.

Ruth is a Swiss citizen living in Norway since 1979. She gained her Diploma (1975) and PhD (1979) in Natural Sciences (physical organic chemistry) at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She is a member of ACS, CRS (member of the board of directors (2009-2018), President (2016-2017), the European Technology Platform in Nanomedicine (Chair 2019-2021) and the EARTO working group “Emerging Technologies for Healthcare”. She is author/co-author of 59 scientific publications and 18 patents and patent applications. Total number of peer reviewed publications: 77; citations 2543; h-index. 23 (Google Scholar, December 2022).

Aleksandar Danilovski

Business development

Aleksandar Danilovski holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cambridge University and University of Zagreb. He has broad experience within drug development through his previous positions as CSO of Xellia Pharmaceuticals (Denmark), Head of European R&D at Barr Laboratories Inc. (US/Croatia) and Management Board Member at PLIVA Pharmaceuticals (Croatia).

Currently he is the Managing Partner and Founder of DALISCO (Croatia), Board of Director Member at Active Biotech (Sweden) and Pharmaero (Denmark), Scientific Advisory Board Member for Bugworks (US) and holds a position in the Scientific Selection Board of Novo Holdings – REPAIR Impact Fund (Denmark).

Cristianne Rijcken

Scientific and Strategic advisor
Cristianne is a serial life science entrepreneur, as apparent from 16+ years strategic and hands-on experience in various biotech companies. With a relentless and creative mindset, Cristianne spearheads startup’s entrepreneurial journeys with primary focus on viable business cases. Hereto, she seamlessly manages the diverse elements from pure R&D to corporate funding, investor relationship, talent acquisition and team growth, intellectual property strategy, business development, strategic assessments and boardroom alignment. She transforms scientific discoveries into commercially successful applications and drives a highly efficient development of innovative drug products to patient evaluation across diverse disease areas. Her core expertise is in nanomedicines in (immune-)oncology; and nowadays also experience with other advanced products in other therapeutic sectors.

As CEO of Liberates, she tackles complex challenges at life science startups with demonstrated ability to articulate long term strategy and focus, propose organizational change, and deliver operational excellence. Cristianne is founder of Cristal Therapeutics, and serves as Chief Scientific Officer of the company. She is inventor of 8 patents, (co-) author of ~ 50 scientific publications, received numerous awards and is invited speaker at various biopharmaceutical conferences.

Cristianne is passionate about the human body and how pharmaceutical compounds can modify (the majority of) its functions, hence beneficially shifting into better health and longevity. She is pharmacist by training, holds a PhD degree in Pharmaceutics from Utrecht University and resides in Maastricht (both The Netherlands).

Arthur Tipton

Business Strategy advisor

Arthur Tipton, Ph.D., is an independent consultant who aids companies in developing the next generation of drug delivery products. He previously held leadership roles in three drug delivery start-ups and played a key role in each company’s path to a public offering or acquisition.

The first company, Atrix, developed the leading in situ gelling injectable, Atrigel,  where Art is on several patents and led the development and manufacturing of the initial products.   The technology continues in two companies, Tolmar and Indivior with several injectable products including Eligard for prostate cancer and Perseris for schizophrenia.  Following at Durect, Art led all biodegradable injectable programs including initial clinical development of Posimir now marketed by Innocoll for treatment of pain following certain surgeries.   For the most recent company, he was founder and chief executive officer of Brookwood Pharmaceuticals, now part of Evonik.  Brookwood became a leading supplier of commercial biodegradable polymers as well as developing final product such as Scenessse, an implant that delivers melanotan to treat patients with disabling skin conditions such as erythropoietic protoporphyria.

Immediately before his consulting business, Art was CEO of a 400-person nonprofit R&D group with a range of both life sciences and non-life sciences areas.  The life science work included drug discovery with about a million-compound library and specific focus on cancer and infectious disease.

In his consulting business, Art is advising a range of companies  developing injectable products including formulation, manufacturing, LCM and IP.

Dr. Tipton holds 43 U.S. patents; his inventive efforts have led to several publications and multiple commercial products. He currently serves as a board member for five organizations and has previous experience on 12 additional boards. His resume also includes induction into the National Academy of Inventors, the College of Fellows for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Controlled Release Society, where he served as president in 2015. Most recently, Dr. Tipton was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2021. He holds a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts