Management Team

Oncology Venture has a proven and experienced Management team.

 

Peter Buhl Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Buhl Jensen, born 1955, is CEO of Oncology Venture Sweden AB (publ) since 2015, and since 2012, CEO of the wholly owned subsidiary Oncology Venture ApS. Buhl Jensen has a strong combination of commercial experience and expertise in the field of oncology. Buhl Jensen has founded and was previously CEO of TopoTarget A/S. Buhl Jensen was instrumental in TopoTarget’s stock exchange listing in 2005 and secured EMA and FDA approval of the company’s first product, Savene©/Totect©. Buhl Jensen is also behind the development of the pharmaceutical drug Belinostat, which was approved by the FDA in the summer of 2014. Buhl Jensen has managerial experience from TopoTarget, where he managed approx. 140 employees and Aalborg Hospital where he was a senior consultant at the Department of Oncology and led approx. 280 employees. Owns 80%* of Buhl Krone Holding ApS** which owns 1,227,240 shares of the Company. Does not hold any warrants in the Company. Member of several boards in Oncology Biotech companies.

* The remaining 20% is owned by Ulla Hald Buhl, who is Peter Buhl Jensen’s wife and a member of the Board of Oncology Venture.

** The same corporate registration number as Buhl Oncology ApS

 

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Steen Knudsen, Chief Scientific Officer Pre-Clin, Co-Founder and inventor of the Drug Response Prediction method

Knudsen, born 1961, is a member of the Board of Directors of Oncology Venture Sweden AB (publ) since 2015, and as of May 2015, will also be a member of the Board of Directors of the wholly owned subsidiary Oncology Venture ApS. Knudsen is also one of the founders of Oncology Venture ApS, and also co-founder of Medical Prognosis Institute A/S. Knudsen is a Professor of Systems Biology with extensive expertise in mathematics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, and systems biology. Furthermore, Knudsen is the inventor of Drug Response Prediction which Oncology Venture has a license from Medical Prognosis Institute A/S. Steen Knudsen represents the majority shareholder, Medical Prognosis Institute A/S. Owns no shares, however holds 10,000 warrants in the Company.

 

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Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, FACD.

In 2012 Oncology Venture and MPI signed an agreement with Dr. Dan Von Hoff to assist Oncology Venture in identifying relevant anticancer drugs that failed to obtain approval by the authorities but where sporadic responses in patients gives hope to the drug if a relevant Drug Response Predictor (DRP™) biomarker can be developed.

Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., F.A.C.P.  is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and Chief Development Officer at TD2.  He also serves as Physician in Chief, Distinguished Professor and Director of Clinical Translational Research Division at TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute) in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Chief Scientific Officer for US Oncology and for Honor Health’s Clinical Research Institute. He holds an appointment as Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ.

Dr. Von Hoff’s major interest is in the development of new anticancer agents, both in the clinic and in the laboratory. He and his colleagues were involved in the beginning of the development of many of the agents we now use routinely, including: mitoxantrone, fludarabine, paclitaxel, docetaxel, gemcitabine, irinotecan, nelarabine, capecitabine, lapatinib, nab-paclitaxel and vismodegib. At present, he and his colleagues are concentrating on the development of molecularly targeted therapies particularly for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Dr. Von Hoff has published more than 620 papers, 137 book chapters and over 1050 abstracts. Dr. Von Hoff received the 2010 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for his outstanding contributions to cancer research leading to significant improvement in patient care.

Dr. Von Hoff was appointed to President Bush’s National Cancer Advisory Board in 2004-2010. Dr. Von Hoff is the past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (the world’s largest cancer research organization), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member and past board member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a founder of ILEX™ Oncology, Inc. (acquired by Genzyme after Ilex had 2 agents, alemtuzumab and clofarabine approved by the FDA for patients with leukemia). Dr. Von Hoff is founder and the Editor Emeritus of Investigational New Drugs – The Journal of New Anticancer Agents; and former Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. He is a co-founder of the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop. He is also proud to have been a mentor and teacher for multiple medical students, medical oncology fellows, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

 

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Ulla Hald Buhl, Chief Operating Officer, Founder

Hald Buhl, born 1964, is a member of the Board of Directors of Oncology Venture Sweden AB (publ) since 2015, and since March 2015 a member of the Board of Directors of the wholly owned subsidiary Oncology Venture ApS. Hald Buhl has a broad background in clinical trials, organisation management and communications. Hald Buhl has previously been in charge of TopoTarget A/S’s investor relations department and is currently active in this area in both Swedish WNT Research AB (listed on AktieTorget) as well as Danish Medical Prognosis Institute A/S (listed on NASDAQ First North in Copenhagen). During 1999-2001, Hald Buhl worked as a Team Leader in oncology at AstraZeneca A/S and during 2001-2005 Hald Buhl was the head of the regulatory department of TopoTarget A/S. Owns 20%* of Buhl Krone Holding ApS ** which owns 1,227,240 shares of the Company. Holds 10,000 warrants in the Company.

* The remaining 80% is owned by Peter Buhl Jensen, who is Ulla Hald Buhl’s husband and CEO of Oncology Venture.

** The same corporate registration number as Buhl Oncology ApS.

 

Claus Frisenberg Pedersen, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Commercial Officer

Frisenberg Pedersen, born 1972, is Chief Commercial Officer of Oncology Venture Aps since January 2018 and Chief Financial Officer since February 2018. Frisenberg Pedersen has a strong back-ground in developing and executing corporate strategies from a broad array of companies and industries. Further, Frisenberg Pedersen has an extensive experience from developing financial and brand value for the companies he works with. Prior to joining Oncology Venture Frisenberg Pedersen held the position as CEO of ECCO Shoes in Northern Europe for 5 years, where he was instrumental in developing ECCO’s global blue print for retail Joint Ventures, and also played a key role in re-positioning the perception of the ECCO brand in Northern Europe. In his previous career Frisenberg Pedersen was partner in the strategy consulting firm Qvartz, and as such have advised many companies and private equity firms on topics like strategy, commercialization, brand development, retail expansion, sales management and general value creation.

Frisenberg Pedersen currently takes up board positions in a number of external companies, within his areas of expertise.

 

Thomas Jensen, Chief Technology Officer

Thomas is pioneering the bridging of: good science, effective laboratory techniques and bioinformatics to advance the biology of cancer. He founded & leads the MPI & OV laboratories in Denmark and in the USA. Along side nurturing our global laboratories, he is instrumental in building our investor relations, securing operational financing and fostering business growth of both MPI and OV.

Amongst Thomas’ accolades are his inventions of molecular biological guidelines combined with techniques for high quality reproducible RNA extraction and downstream processing.This allows for high resolution analysis of cancer patients’ biopsies. His inventions are an important foundation of the DRP® -Drug Response Prediction platform.

 

 

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Annie Rasmussen, Chief Clinical Operations

Rasmussen, born 1957, is a member of the management team of Oncology Venture Sweden AB (publ) since 2015. Rasmussen has an extensive experience in clinical oncology 1982 – 1991 and oncology clinical trials organization, management, education and leadership from the University hospital of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Clinical Research Unit involved in EORTC, ECTG and industry phase I and II trials from 1991-1997, SmithKline Beecham, Nordic Oncology Team, marketing and investigator initiated trials 1997-2000 and TopoTarget A/S as head of clinical operations executing more than 20 trials from 2000-2008. Is currently active in clinical operations in Danish Medical Prognosis Institute A/S (listed on NASDAQ First North in Copenhagen) as well as LiPlasome Pharma ApS. Rasmussen founded in 2007 Health Creation Denmark and Cancer Guides DK in 2009.

 

Mogens Winkel Madsen, Chief Operating Officer – Product development, Europe

Winkel Madsen, born 1959, is a member of the management team of Oncology Venture since 2016. Winkel Madsen has an extensive experience in oncology research and management of contract research organization, contract development manufacturing organization and patent portfolio management. Winkel Madsen has previous been CSO and hereafter COO in LiPlasome Pharma and has been pivotal in the development of LiPlaCis (liposomal cisplatin). During 1997 – 2008, Winkel Madsen worked at LEO Pharma heading a R&D department involved in the development of protein kinase inhibitors and during 1988 – 1997, Winkel Madsen was engaged in breast cancer research at the Danish Cancer Society’s research laboratories. Winkel Madsen holds a PhD in molecular biology.

 

James G. Cullem, J.D., VP Corporate Development

James is a career life sciences entrepreneur and executive who brings 20+ years of diverse experience in the creation, management, and growth of early-stage companies. James is situated in Boston. James has Worked in Oncology Venture Sweden AB (publ) since 2015.

 

Claus Deichgræber, Vice President, Business Development

Worked in Oncology Venture Sweden AB (publ) since 2015. Claus has 25+ years of proven managerial and executive experience throughout Europe, and has headed commercial developments and entrepreneurial start-ups within a variety of industries, in large private- as well as listed companies. Claus has lived, studied and worked abroad for more than a decade, and he fosters new business development possibilities for Oncology Venture in Europe. Claus holds a post-graduate Management Diploma from Henley Business School, and a BA from VIA University College.