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Torbjorn Bjerke Appointed as new CEO for Karolinska Development
Date:8/23/2010

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Torbjorn Bjerke Appointed as new CEO for Karolinska Development

 

STOCKHOLM, August 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Torbjorn Bjerke has been appointed as new CEO for Karolinska Development. He is currently CEO for Orexo, a position he has held since 2007. Torbjorn Bjerke succeeds Conny Bogentoft who will assume the position as Chief Scientific Officer for Karolinska Development.

Starting its operation in 2003, Karolinska Development has rapidly become one of the leading companies within early pharmaceutical development in Europe. Investments by Karolinska Development have focused on developing its portfolio companies to proof of concept. Karolinska Development has now entered a next phase where the company will seek external partners for some of its portfolio companies while preparing for an initial public offering.

"With his solid background as a commercial leader, Torbjorn Bjerke has the right profile for the role as CEO for Karolinska Development. He has vast experience from leading and developing early research-based companies as well as a listed pharmaceutical company. Torbjorn's experience in business development and his demonstrated ability in negotiating and implementing collaborations with international partners will be of great value to us, our shareholders and our portfolio companies," says Hans Wigzell, Chairman of Karolinska Development.

Torbjorn Bjerke has held the position as CEO for Orexo since 2007. He will assume the position as CEO for Karolinska Development when his successor has been appointed. Conny Bogentoft, who has held the position as CEO for Karolinska Development since its inception in 2003, will become Chief Scientific Officer with overall responsibility for the future development of Karolinska Develop
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