Meet our team.
With some of the most talented bioinformaticians, scientists, and executives in the field, Evaxion is committed to bringing the vision for better global health to reality. Through open innovation with prominent entities and an expert panel of scientific advisors, we hope to redefine medicine and impact the lives of patients.
Meet our team.
With some of the most talented bioinformaticians in our team
Lars is a Founding Investor of Evaxion and has previously been involved in multiple startups and early ventures. He began his career as a medical doctor and worked for several years as a clinician. Since then, Lars has gained extensive experience within the vaccine industry, first at Pfizer and then 10 years as part of Senior Management in Bavarian Nordic, a listed immuno-oncology and vaccine company.
MD, CMO/COO and co-founder
Niels co-founder of Evaxion and is a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen and BA of Economics from Copenhagen Business School. He has worked as a Medical Director within the area of Companion Diagnostics and prior to that as a Medical Advisor within the area of cancer and biopharmaceuticals for AstraZeneca. Niels began this career at Servier Pharmaceuticals as Marketing Manager. Until August 2017 Niels was CEO of Evaxion and in 2016 he was awarded "CEO of the Year" in the vaccine industry by European CEO.
Andreas Holm Mattsson
CSO and co-founder
Andreas is an experienced bioinformatician from the Technical University of Denmark. Prior to working at Evaxion, Andreas spent six years at Novo Nordisk developing in silico platforms. Since the founding of Evaxion in 2008, Andreas has worked on developing Evaxion's in silico platforms including EDEN and PIONER and numerous other in silico tools enabling vaccine discovery in the area of infectious diseases and immune oncology.
PhD, Director, Genomic Immuno-Oncology
Jens holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from the Technical University of Denmark. He is the former CEO of EIR Sciences (CRO within immunological bioinformatics), and co-founder of VenomAb IVS, a company developing cheaper and safer antivenoms against snake bites. He is specialized in immunological bioinformatics and chemoinformatics for prediction of polypharmacology. Jens is directing Evaxion's genomic immuno-oncology program.
PhD, Director, Infectious Disease Vaccines
Pär has a PhD in molecular biology and 10 years experience form the vaccine industry. He is specialized in vaccine discovery, research and development. Before joining Evaxion in 2016, he was Manager for Infectious Disease Models at Valneva Austria GmbH. He started his professional career at Intercell AG in 2008 and was Research Project Leader for the company's Lyme borreliosis (Lyme disease) vaccine from early discovery to clinical development. Pär is managing Evaxion's infectious disease projects.
PhD, Director, Cancer Vaccines
Birgitte Rønø holds a PhD in experimental oncology and immunology from Copenhagen University Hospital. Birgitte has more than 10 years experience in biopharmaceutical drug discovery from academia, biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Birgitte joined Evaxion Biotech in Sept 2017 and is currently director of the immuno-oncology discovery pipeline.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PhD, Dr., Chairman of the Board
Tom is a former Global Director of McKinsey & Company where he consulted with top management of high-tech and pharmaceutical companies on issues related to research, innovation, product development, strategy & organizational development. Prior to working for McKinsey & Company, Tom worked at the Bell Telephone Laboratories (Bell Labs) as a Member of Technical Staff.
Tom has been or is on the board of directors for several companies and more recently, Tom has joined the Charleston Angel Partners as an ‘angel’ investor in four high-tech start-ups. Further, Tom is active as a mentor-instructor at MIT, as an advisor to the Chancellor or Penn State Schuylkill, as a mentor to Penn State engineering students, and as a mentor to students at the Citadel.
PhD, Board Member
Steve is the former Sr V.P. R&D and Head of Infectious Disease & Vaccines at MedImmune, retired April 2018. Prior to working at MedImmune, Steve served as V.P., Global and Head of Infectious Disease at Novartis and V.P. and Head of Biological Technologies at Wyeth. Steve is an expert in infectious diseases, having worked many years with both basic and applied research, successfully led four programs resulting in the approval of novel anti-infective drugs with other in various stages of development, and produced more than 110 peer-reviewed publications.
Roberto Prego Pineda
Roberto was one of the first outside investors in Evaxion. Roberto has over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience. He has been country GM and also occupied the position of Regional Leader of the Latin American Region for Teva from 2013 until 2015. He currently manages Viax Dental Technologies, an R&D venture in the Dental field. He has a B.S. of Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Prof. Grandi is an Italian scientist who took leading positions in industrial research, including Head of the Biotechnology Centers of ENIRICERCHE and Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of the Vaccines Division of Chiron. When Chiron was acquired by Novartis, Prof. Grandi was appointed Senior Project Leader and Member of the Board of Directors of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Italy. At Novartis, he led/co-led numerous successful vaccine projects including Meningococcus B vaccine, Group A and Group B Streptococcus vaccine and Staphylococcus aureus vaccine. In 2015 he became Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at Trento University, Italy. In addition, Grandi is a permanent member of the European Molecular Biology Organization as well as a number of scientific advisory boards, the co-founder of two Biotech Companies working in the field of cancer immunotherapy, inventor/co-inventor of 448 granted international patents, author/co-author of 185 publications on international peer-reviewed papers and 20 book chapters, and is editor/co-editor of three books.
Dr. phil., PhD, Professor
Søren is rated as one of the Worlds 200 most influential biology and biochemistry scientists. He is the founding Director of the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, which was formed in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary research group of molecular biologists, biochemists, medical doctors, physicists, and computer scientists. Søren is professor of Bioinformatics at the Technical University of Denmark and professor of Disease Systems Biology at the University of Copenhagen. Søren has been highly active within biological data integration, where machine learning techniques often have been used to integrate predicted or established functional genome, metagenome and proteome annotation. Søren is further a member of the Nobel Award Panel
Andrew Weber is a former senior fellow at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University and the former deputy coordinator for Ebola response at the U.S. Department of State. From 2009 to 2014, Weber served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs. For the previous 13 years, he served as an adviser for threat reduction policy in the office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to this appointment, Weber was a United States foreign service officer, with diplomatic assignments in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Hong Kong. Weber has twice been awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Meda.
Anthony is an immunologist and a peptide biochemist. Having spent 23 years across both disciplines, he is a leader in the field on ligand/MHC binding mass spec. Tony is currently an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Head (Research) of the Department of Biochemistry at Monash University, an executive committee member of the Australasian Proteomics Society and the Australasian Peptide Society and a member of the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) Council. In addition, Anthony is a Visiting Professor in Cancer Science at the University of Southampton (UK).
Robert J. Palay
Robert is Chairman of Tactics II Equity LLC, a life science investment and advisory firm and former Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Robert has been a founder or early stage investor in genomics and stem cell-based companies for over a decade, and from 2004 through 2015 Robert was a founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Dynamic International (NASDAQ: ICEL), a leader in stem cell manufacturing. In addition, Robert has served as a manager of multiple Tactics II companies, entities specializing in life science investments, been V.P. at Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments and served on various boards.
Rajeev is an investor and serial entrepreneur in technology and science. He has built several successful companies, been involved in some of the first successes in instant messaging and photo sharing on the web and been granted five patens including the core patent for Scalable Display Technologies. In addition, Rajeev has both advised and invested in a number of startup companies. Recently, he has focused his attention to healthcare and synthetic biology both as an investor and a data science mentor at Harvard Medical School.