Jeppe Øvlesen, MBA.
Chief Executive Officer
Jeppe Øvlesen is a seasoned executive and biotech entrepreneur with a strong commercial background and a solid deal-making track record. Mr Øvlesen has more than 20 years of experience at the executive level and has been involved in a string of successful start-up companies, including Action Pharma, Perfusion Tech, CLC Bio, Cercare Medical, ChemoMetec, Cetrea, Monsenso, PNN Medical, Mindway, and TXP Pharma. In these companies, Mr Øvlesen has served as cofounder, CEO, CFO and/or chairman/board member and has overseen the transition from startup, buildup, to successful exit or IPOs.
Holdings: Mr. Øvlesen and his spouse holds 39% of the shares in Bioinvest ApS and 100% of the shares in Quantass ApS. Quantass ApS holds 26.67% of the Shares in GoodWind Holding GmbH. Bioinvest ApS, Quantass ApS, and GoodWind Holding Gmbh hold shares in SynAct Pharma AB. See this page for updated holdings
Patrik Renblad, MSc.
Chief Financial Officer
Patrik Renblad has a broad experience from the Life Science industry. With a strong financial background and focus he has served in various roles across the pharmaceutical value chain and across geographies for LEO Pharma and AstraZeneca.
Prior to joining SynAct Pharma in August 2021, Patrik worked 10 years in LEO Pharma, most recently heading up its Research & Development Finance unit. Prior to that he was assigned to the affiliate in Shanghai, China for four years as local CFO. Patrik Renblad holds a MSc in Business Administration and Economics from Lund University.
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Thomas Boesen, PhD.
Chief Operating Officer
Thomas Boesen, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience in the biotech and pharma industry. He holds a PhD in bioorganic chemistry from Copenhagen University, with studies at Cambridge University, and a MA in technology management with studies at Roskilde and Edinburgh Universities.
Dr Boesen’s achievements include being an inventor on 35 granted patents and holding several managing positions. Dr. Boesen has been a part of the successes of Action Pharma and Epitherapeutics, and he was cofounder of MedChem and TXP Pharma. He brings insight in drug development throughout the clinical phases, with a focus on CMC and external collaboration. Prior to joining SynAct Pharma, Dr Boesen was with Novo Nordisk for 5 years.
Holdings: Dr. Boesen holds 87.5% of the shares in Boesen Biotech ApS, which holds shares in SynAct Pharma AB and 18.67% of the shares in GoodWind Holding GmbH. GoodWind Holding GmbH holds shares in SynAct Pharma AB. See this page for updated holdings
Thomas Jonassen, MD.
Chief Scientific Officer and Board Member
Thomas Jonassen, MD, is associate professor at cardiovascular pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, and visiting professor at William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and London School of Medicine. He has published more than 50 scientific publications and is the inventor of 6 granted patents in the US and Europe.
Dr. Jonassen is cofounder and current CSO and BoD member at SynAct Pharma AB, cofounder of ResoTher Pharma Aps, cofounder and former CSO at Action Pharma A/S, and cofounder of TXP Pharma AG. Action Pharma sold its lead drug development candidate to AbbVie for $110M USD and TXP Pharma sold various rights to Questcor Pharmaceuticals for $100M USD in milestone payments. Dr. Jonassen is coinventor of SynAct’s drug candidate, AP1189.
Holdings: Dr. Jonassen holds 61% of the shares in Bioinvest ApS and 100% of the shares in TJ Biotech Holding ApS. TJ Biotech Holding ApS holds 26.67% of the shares in GoodWind Holding GmbH. Bioinvest ApS, TJ Biotech Holding ApS, and GoodWind Holding GmbH hold shares in SynAct Pharma AB. See this page for updated holdings
James Knight, MBA.
Chief Business Officer
James Knight has 25 years of experience in biotech. Previously he was the VP of Portfolio Strategy at Questcor Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for leading the expansion of Acthar Gel from two to nine promoted indications across five specialty areas including rheumatology. Questcor’s success in expanding Acthar use lead to its acquisition by Mallinckrodt for $5.6 billion.
After his time at Questcor Mr. Knight previously also served as the CBO of TXP Pharma and the SVP, Head of Corporate Development for BioTime. Prior to Questcor, Jim Knight held positions of increasing responsibility at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Dura Pharmaceuticals and Biogen. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Business Administration in High Technology from Northeastern University in Boston.
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