Bent U. Frandsen, Chief Executive Officer
Bent Frandsen holds a MSc in Finance and Strategic Planning from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
He has more than 27 years of professional experience in management, finance, and business development positions in multinational companies, including more than 24 years life science experience at public listed companies: Lundbeck, ALK-Abelló, Coloplast, and private companies: NsGene, CMC Biologics, and Amphidex.
He is experienced in licensing, services, M&A, and new cash deals in excess of €200 million, and has furthermore been in charge of successfully closing numerous collaboration agreements pertaining to research and development of both new chemical entities and biologicals.
Bent Frandsen is employed since 2016 and was appointed CEO in 2019. He entered the board of AdaptVac ApS in 2017.
Keith Alexander, Chief Financial Officer
Keith Alexander holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. in Industrial Management, with a minor in Biological Sciences, from Purdue University.
He has over 20 years of professional experience in investment markets, investor communications, corporate strategy, and business development from American and Danish banks. Over his career, he has served in leadership, analytical and commercial functions at J.P. Morgan Securities and J.P. Morgan Asset Management in NYC, NY, USA, Danske Bank Asset Management (formerly Danske Capital) in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in Chicago, IL, USA.
Keith has contributed to raising over €1 billion for equity and bond portfolios, evaluated large M&A transactions, structured and valued cross-border joint ventures, advised investors managing over $8 trillion in assets, and analyzed financial services companies as a member of the #1 ranked All-American Equity Research Team in 2010 at J.P. Morgan Securities.
Keith Alexander is employed since October 2020 and is an American citizen with Danish permanent residence.
Max M. Søgaard, Vice President of Research & Development and Technology
Dr. Max M. Søgaard holds a PhD in Biochemistry from University College London, UK, and a MSc in Molecular Biology from Aarhus University, Denmark.
He has 20 years of scientific research and process development experience, having served the last eight years at ExpreS2ion in roles ranging from Senior Scientist (Downstream) to Vice President, and prior to that 12 years of academic research focused on structural biology and molecular biophysics with an emphasis on infectious disease applications. Max heads internal R&D in order to extend ExpreS2ion’s unique capabilities and know-how in applying ExpreS2™ technology for customers and the company's own vaccine development.
Dr. Max M. Søgaard has been employed by the company since 2013 and was appointed Vice President in 2020.
Mette Thorn, Vice President of Preclinical Development
Dr. Mette Thorn holds a PhD in Immunology and a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Dr. Thorn has 20 years of preclinical development and management experience in vaccine development within cancer and infectious diseases, amongst other fields. Mette has extensive research science experience from Biotech and Pharma, including from roles with Astion Pharma, the SSI, Symphogen, Novo Nordisk, Bioneer, Biocare, and CBio. In all of her roles she has been instrumental in progressing preclinical pipeline assets from early stage research into clinical development phases.
Dr. Mette Thorn has been employed by the company since February of 2021.
Lars J. Petersen, Medical Director, Oncology
Dr. Lars J. Petersen is a MD (Medical Doctorate) and holds a Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree in immuno-pharmacology from the University of Copenhagen, and Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) from AVT Business School, Copenhagen.
Lars has more than 20 years of professional clinical drug development experience, primarily within advanced biologics in oncology and immunology. Lars has served as Medical Director at Genmab and Abbott, and has been a consultant for numerous companies globally, including serving as consultant Chief Medical Officer with Cytovac, ROS Therapeutics, and 2A Pharma. In addition, Lars has had a long academic career as Clinical Professor (chair) in functional cancer imaging at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, published more than 165 peer-reviewed publications, and presented more than 100 lectures at international meetings.
Prof. Lars J. Petersen has been employed by the company since February of 2021.
Eske Rygaard-Hjalsted, Vice President Business Development
Eske Rygaard-Hjalsted holds a MSc in Molecular Biology from The Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
Eske is an accomplished life science executive with a more than 25 years’ track record in business development and working with sales and marketing across diagnostics, biotech, medtech, and bioinformatics in companies that include DAKO/Agilent A/S, FOSS Analytical A/S, and other international companies. Eske also worked out of Silicon Valley, California for four years as a Business Development/Strategic Marketing Consultant. He joins us from a tenure the last five years at Intomics A/S, a consecutive Børsen Gazelle Winner during 2017-19, where he was VP Sales, Marketing and Business Development.
Eske Rygaard-Hjalsted has been employed by the company since May 2021 and is a Danish citizen.