SARomics Biostructures' Management Group

Dr. Björn Walse, founder, CEO

Dr. Björn Walse, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SARomics Biostructures AB has over 15 years of drug discovery and research management experience from the biotech industry. Prior to establishing SARomics Biostructures Dr. Walse served as head of structural chemistry at Active Biotech AB, where he was responsible for build-up and running of the structural chemistry platform. At Active Biotech he also participated in the molecular design of a biopharmaceutical therapeutics currently in phase III trials for an oncology indication. Prior to this, Dr. Walse performed postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley. Dr. Walse received his Doctorate in physical chemistry from Lund University and his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology.

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Dr Derek Logan, founder, CSO.

Derek Logan, B.Sc. Hons. Chemistry with Computer Applications, Glasgow University, 1988. D. Phil. Molecular Biophysics, Oxford University 1992. Associate Professor in Molecular Biophysics at Lund University since 2002. Logan has extensive international research experience from the Universities of Oxford, Strasbourg (IGBMC) and Stockholm (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry). He has held a prestigious scholarship from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Current academic research includes the use of hybrid structural methods (X-ray crystallography, small angle X-ray scattering, neutron diffraction and cryo-electron microscopy) to understand structure-function relationships at multiple levels of organisation and detail, as well as development of facilities for structural biology at the new synchrotron MAX-IV.

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Dr. Bo Svensson, founder, Director, in silico discovery.

Dr Bo Svensson, co-founder of SARomics Biostructures AB, has worked in the field of computational chemistry and in silico drug discovery within the pharmaceutical industry for the last 14 years. He has developed the proprietary ProPHECY technology for in silico optimization of biomolecular properties. Dr Svensson has also worked as a researcher and consultant within the food industry and has participated in a number of international research projects. Dr Bo Svensson obtained his PhD in physical chemistry from Lund Institute of Technology and did his post-doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales. His academic research involved development and application of novel computer simulation methods to study free energies within biomolecular systems.

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Prof. Salam Al-Karadaghi, founder, Director Marketing and Business Development.

Dr. Salam Al-Karadaghi, co-founder of SARomics Biostructures has extensive experience in structure-based drug design. Dr Al-Karadaghi has collaborated with Active Biotech on a structure-based drug discovery project and he is currently part of a drug discovery program targeting enzymes from tropical parasites. He is also coordinating the KINOMED consortium aimed at the development of a kinase drug discovery platform. Dr. Salam Al-Karadaghi has received a PhD in Biophysics from Lomonosov Moscow State University and a PhD in structural chemistry from Stockholm University. In 1993, after a post-doc period at Birkbeck College, University of London, Dr. Al-Karadaghi joint the structural biology group at Lund University. Since 2005 he is a professor of molecular biophysics at Lund University.

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Prof. Mikael Akke, founder, Director NMR Services.

Dr. Mikael Akke, born 1961. M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, LTH, 1987. Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Lund University, 1993. Professor of Physical Chemistry at Lund University since 2005. Akke has extensive international research experience from the University of California, San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, and Columbia University, New York. He is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Göran Gustafsson Prize in Chemistry, awarded by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Visiting Professorship at Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris. Akke is an expert in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy and its use to study structure-function-dynamics relationships of proteins. His current research includes fundamental studies of the driving forces underlying ligand binding.

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Dr. Kenth Hallberg,Vice President of Sales.

r. Kenth Hallberg,Vice President of Sales. Dr. Kenth Hallberg has over 15 years experience of structure-based drug design and project management from the pharmaceutical industry. He has previously worked as a protein crystallographer at AstraZeneca where he participated in many structure- and fragment-based drug design projects. He is one of the co-founders of Sprint Bioscience, a small biotech in Stockholm, focusing on fragment-based drug discovery. Dr. Hallberg obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology and X-ray crystallography from the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala and he performed an EMBO fellowship post-doc at CNRS, Marseille, France.

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