Dr. Eva Steiness
Chief Executive Officer
Professor Eva Steiness is a “First Mover” in Danish medicine:
The first female Dean at the Faculty of Health Science, University of Copenhagen, the first female professor in Clinical Pharmacology in Denmark (Aarhus University), the first female Senior Vice President at Lundbeck AS and the first woman on its Board of Management. Prof. Steiness, who holds an MD and a DSc in Medicine from the University of Copenhagen, also became the first female biotech entrepreneur in Denmark when she founded Zealand Pharma.
With 10 years in academia, and hands on knowledge from the Danish hospital system, a doctorate in Digoxin-clinical Pharmacology, Eva Steiness had the deep understanding of medicine that it took to revitalize Lundbecks R&D organization.
In her decade at Lundbeck AS, Prof. Steiness created a broad discovery and clinical pipeline most importantly registering and launching Cipramil® (citalopram), an antidepressant drug, that reached blockbuster status.
Danish press calls Prof. Steiness the “Mother of Cipramil.”
Prof. Steiness accomplishments at Lundbeck resulted in a successful IPO in 1999 and the company is among the top 20 listed on the Danish stock exchange today.
Prof. Steiness founded Zealand Pharma A/S in 1998 and for a decade was its CEO. Under Prof. Steiness’ leadership, a once-daily prandial GLP-1 agonist (lixisenatide) for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes was developed and licensed to Aventis (today Sanofi) in 2003. Lyxumia® (lixisenatide) was first launched into the European market in 2013. Today Zealand Pharma is listed on the Danish Stock Exchange.
Before joining SERODUS in 2010, Prof. Steiness founded Newpharma, a consultancy company, offering management support to biotech companies, capitalizing on her many years of successful entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.
Prof. Steiness listed SERODUS on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2013.
Prof. Steiness has held a string of leadership positions among others: Chairman of the Board of Genmab, Member of the Board in several of Lundbeck’s affiliates, Member of the Board of Directors of the Oticon Foundation, Member of the Medical Research Council and Chairman of the Danish Governmental Advisory Board on Research Politics.
Dr. Jürgen Langhärig
Senior Vice President Business Development
Having joined Serodus in 2015, Dr. Langhärig holds an MSc and a PhD in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Tübingen, Germany and an EMBA from St. Gallen University, Switzerland.
Dr. Langhärig has extensive, international experience within business development from biotechnology companies, and within strategy development, sales and marketing from multinational pharmaceutical corporations. Previous positions: VP Business Development (BD) at Bavarian Nordic AS, VP BD at Zealand Pharma A/S, Senior Director BD at Novo Nordisk A/S, Director M&S Europe at Nycomed Pharma (now Takeda) and International Marketing Manager at Sandoz AG (now Novartis).
Dr. Langhärig is a board member of the Nordic Pharma Licensing Group.
Dr. Torben Skarsfeldt
Senior VP, COO
Dr. Skarsfeldt is M.Sc. in Biology and D.Sc. in neurobiology from University of Copenhagen. He worked 17 years in Research and Development at Lundbeck and is co-inventor of an approved antipsychotic compound. For 6 years he was Licensing Manager and Director Business Opportunities in Copenhagen and New York. After returning to Copenhagen he gained a position as Project Director heading global core teams within depression, Alzheimer's disease and stroke. In parallel, he was employee elected member of Lundbeck's Supervisory Board for 16 years when the company grew from a Scandinavian company with 800 heads to an international pharmaceutical company with more than 5000 people. He is the Founder and CEO of Pharma Guidance, a consulting company providing services to US and EU biotech. For 3 years he was successfully supporting NuPathe Inc as Project Director to develop novel proprietary formulations. Previously, he was CEO of Phlogo ApS.