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On this page, you can find some background information on our Keynote Speakers and Panel Members. 

Carl Johan Sundberg

Co-founder of the Bioentrepreneurship programme

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Professor at Karolinska Institutet

Carl Johan Sundberg is a Licensed Physician and Professor at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. He is also head of the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship at LIME at KI. His research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and has served as member or chairman of numerous academic and industry boards, for example, as the Chairman of Venture Cup and of Forska!Sveriga. He is also a board member of Karolinska Development, Saniona and Cobra Biologics, and has served as Investment Director of the Karolinska Investment Fund for ten years. In 2006, he founded the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship at KI.

Anna Nilsson Vindefjärd

Co-founder of the Bioentrepreneurship programme

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Secretary General at Forska!Sverige

Anna Nilsson Vindefjärd founded Forska!Sverige and is its general secretary. In addition, she is an elected member of the Swedish government's expert group on Life Science, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Vindefjärd received her PhD in medical innovation from Karolinska Institutet in 2001, and did her post-doc at Stanford University.
She has also created and managed programs in bioentrepreneurship at both institutes.  Out of one of these programs, which was created together with Carl-Johan Sundberg in 1998, the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship, and ultimately, the Master's program in Bioetnrepreneurship were born.


Both Anna Nilsson Vindefjärd and Carl Johan Sundberg were instrumental in the creation of the Master's program in Bioentrepreneurship. At the Homecoming Day, they will tell us their story.

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At this year’s panel discussion, alumni from previous classes have been invited to share their experience on life and work after graduation. Meet our four wonderful speakers:

Panel Members

Mia Hertzberg

MBE Class of 2010

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Global Product Manager at GE Healthcare

Together with 17 other students, Mia enrolled in what would become the first class of the Bioentrepreneurship Master program in the fall of 2008. After graduating, Mia started working with marketing of products used in biopharmaceutical production at GE Healthcare in Uppsala. Since then she had several roles at GE, and today she works as a Global Product Manager. As a member of the Class of 2010, Mia represents the most experienced group of alumni of the Bioentrepreneurship Program.

Christine Nguy

MBE Class of 2014

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Business Development Analyst at Infant Bacterial Therapeutics AB, CEO and co-founder of BrightMED

Christine, a pharmacist by training, graduated the MBE program two years ago. During her studies she started working for IBT in 2013, where she is today employed as a Business Development analyst. 
Besides her work at IBT, Christine is also a true bioentrepreneur managing her own start-up, BrightMED, that she founded in 2014. BrightMED provides a digital tool to help people choose their OTC medicines in pharmacies and retail stores. Originally from France, Christine currently lives in Stockholm. 

Wintana Woldemariam

MBE Class of 2015

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Consultant at ÅF

Wintana enrolled in the Bioentrepreneurship Master program in 2013, in what would become the fourth MBE class. During her time at KI, Wintana was involved in both the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business initiative and the KI’s Business Committee.

After successfully graduating last year, Wintana started working with the consultancy company ÅF in Stockholm. As a consultant, she has been working both Project Management and Clinical Trial Supply Management. Today Wintana works with the firm's in-house sales processes.

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Emelie Ryan 

MBE Class of 2012

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Global Publications Coordinator at AstraZeneca

Previously studying in Australia, Emelie came to Stockholm to take on the Bioentrepreneurship program in 2010. Since her graduation, Emelie has worked with healthcare communication, translating the latest advancements in Life science for a broader audience. Today, Emelie works at AstraZeneca in Cambridge (UK) as a Global Publications Coordinator.

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