Board of Directors and Management

Prolight group management

Ulf Bladin

CEO since 1 July 2020

Ulf Bladin is a Bachelor of Medicine from Karolinska Institutet, holds a Master of Business Administration and an MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics. Ulf has previously been General Manager, Vice President of the EMEA region at Hycor Biomedical, Vice President Commercial Operations Europe at Thermo Fisher Scientific Immuno Diagnostics Division, and Vice President with Global Responsibility for Marketing, Health Economy, Corporate Communications, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at Phadia. He has also held leading commercial positions in the pharmaceutical industry at Pfizer and Merck Sharp & Dohme. Board member of Lumito AB.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
724,638 shares, 724,638 TO5, 1,000,000 warrants through incentive program.

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Henrik Ljung

CFO

Education and background: Henrik Ljung has a master’s degree in economics from Lund University. He has a solid background as a chartered accountant and many years of experience as a CFO in listed companies, such as Acconeer AB, Carbiotix AB and Qlife Holding AB, and AB Sardus. Henrik has extensive experience of companies in an early stage of development, as well as company acquisitions.

Shareholding as of
30/06/2023:
33,320 shares

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Karl Bullen

COO

Education and Background: Karl holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Greenwich. Karl has a proven track record within operational leadership roles having a wide range of experience in regulated manufacturing encompassing aerospace, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Karl previously held the position of Head of Operations for Swedish contract pharmaceutical manufacturer Recipharm and has also held manufacturing leadership roles at defence giant BAE Systems and medical science company Olympus. Karl has a strong knowledge of lean principles and operational excellence that has been used to develop high performing teams and effective processes that deliver results.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
2,000,000 warrants through incentive program.

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R&D management

Karl Bullen

COO

Education and Background: Karl holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Greenwich. Karl has a proven track record within operational leadership roles having a wide range of experience in regulated manufacturing encompassing aerospace, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Karl previously held the position of Head of Operations for Swedish contract pharmaceutical manufacturer Recipharm and has also held manufacturing leadership roles at defence giant BAE Systems and medical science company Olympus. Karl has a strong knowledge of lean principles and operational excellence that has been used to develop high performing teams and effective processes that deliver results.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
800,000 warrants through incentive program.

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Aileen McGettrick

CSO

Education and background: PhD in biochemistry and genetics at Oxford University followed by Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Oxford and the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston USA (affiliated to Harvard Medical School) researching the genetics of Type 2 diabetes.

Aileen McGettrick is co-founder of Psyros and has 15 years of experience in assay development for medical devices. From 2008 to 2018 in her role as Group Head of Assay Development she led multi-disciplinary teams for VC backed start-up Vivacta Ltd and subsequently the Novartis Near Patient Testing Unit (after acquisition of Vivacta by Novartis in 2012), specializing in detection of target analytes in whole blood for point of care diagnostics. With a broad working knowledge of the regulatory requirements for medical devices she brings strong operational and project management skills to the team.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
8,290,816 shares

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Steve Ross

CTO

Education and background: Steve Ross has two undergraduate degrees, one in chemistry, the other in mathematics with statistics, and he received his PhD from Edinburgh University in synthetic chemistry. He subsequently carried out postdoctoral research at The University of Utah (Royal Society Fellowship), the CNRS in Toulouse, France (Marie Curie Fellowship) and The University of Oxford.

Steve Ross is a co-founder of Psyros and has worked in in-vitro diagnostics for over 15 years. His industrial career started in 2001 with PiezOptic, developing pyroelectric sensors for monitoring exposure to toxic gases. In 2006 he co-founded Vivacta, a start-up company using the same pyroelectric technology, this time for point-of-care clinical diagnostics.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
8,290,816 shares

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Paul Monaghan

Head of Engineering

Education and background:  

PhD in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices from Imperial College, London. This was followed by a postdoctoral research post at the University of Glasgow, developing lab-on-a-chip devices for IVD applications. 

Paul is a co-founder of Psyros. With over 20 years of IVD development experience, he brings a wide breadth of knowledge of point-of-care device development, including both technical and regulatory aspects. Prior to Psyros, Paul led the system development team at the VC-funded start-up Vivacta ltd., where he oversaw system development from early concept through to the Niji point-of-care platform.  Vivacta was acquired by Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 2012 and the Niji platform was CE-marked in 2016. In his current role, Paul oversees development of the Psyros analyser and test cartridge. 

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
8,290,816 shares

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Julie Richards

Head of Assay Development

Education and background 

PhD in recombinant antibody therapeutics from Imperial College London followed by two postdoctoral appointments at the Rayne Institute, King’s College London, working on dendritic cell vaccines for patients with CLL followed by a Cancer Research UK funded project, studying Langerhans skin cells in patients post bone marrow transplant. 

Julie is a co-founder of Psyros and has over 15 years of experience developing assays for point of care IVD systems. She was the technical lead at Vivacta and subsequently Novartis, responsible for the development of the first CE marked NijiTM assay for total IgE. She delivered new processes for design and development in R&D, transferred them to a newly built manufacturing facility and ensured successful verification and validation of the technology. She then moved back to the beginning of the development pipeline to lead the Feasibility team overseeing multiple proof of concept projects for the NijiTM system. In her current role Julie is responsible for assay development on the Psyros™ platform. 

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
8,290,816 shares

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Andrew Goodenough

Head of QA/RA

Education and background: Andrew studied Engineering though the Open University and has more than 20 years’ experience in the design, development, and manufacture of medical and in-vitro diagnostics devices, with expertise in international quality management systems and regulatory requirements. Previous positions include Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Manager at Integrated Technologies Ltd and subsequently Advanced Healthcare Ltd. 

Andrew’s expertise is in the effective integration of medical and IVD design and manufacture into a controlled and compliant environment, including ISO 13485 and FDA 21CFR Part 820, and satisfying international regulations such as the 2017/746 In-vitro Diagnostics Regulation. 

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Tobias Volker

Business Development

Education and background: PhD in Biochemistry and an MBA from INSEAD. Over the last decades, Volker has strongly contributed to the development of point-of-care for heart disease but also in other disease areas. At Biosite, he led the international development of the Triage platform and launched the cardiac panel and the very first reimbursable BNP assay in Europe. Responsible for the launch of Quo-Test HbA1c at Quotient Diagnostics and participated in the reverse acquisition that later became EKF Diagnostics. Volker gained further insight into the POC business while working at Cholestech, Alere and more recently at Expand Healthcare Consulting GmbH, where he was a high-level advisor to private companies and non-profit organizations. He has also been the responsible manager of the healthcare R&D group at SK Telecom (now Invites Healthcare).

Chairman of the Board of Expand Healthcare Consulting GmbH and member of the Board of Ominilabs.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
1 111 346 shares, 1,000,000 warrants through incentive program.

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Board of Directors

The assignment for all board members applies until the end of the next annual general meeting.

Masoud Khayyami

Chairman of the board

Education and background: PhD in Pure and Applied Biochemistry at Lund University. Solid experience from research, medicine, medtech and the biotechnology sectors. Solid entrepreneurial experience (e.g. Prolight Diagnostics AB, Lumito AB and Gasporox AB) and an expert in applied medicine, microbiology and biotech, especially in the development of different types of biomolecules for commercial use and research in biological applications. Board member in both medtech companies and other companies. Engaged in Prolight Diagnostics since 1999, and founder of the company.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
11,406,812 shares through the Cardeon group in which Masoud owns 43% of the shares.

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Maria Holmlund

Board Member

Education and background: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Uppsala University and a Master of Science from the University of North Carolina. 30 years of experience in the life science and diagnostics field. Worked in senior positions with a focus on marketing in international diagnostics companies such as Pharmacia Diagnostics, Boehringer Mannheim, Roche Scandinavia, Phadia and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Board member of Biovica AB. CEO of Prolight Diagnostics AB between 2016-2020.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
361,404 shares, 154,887 TO5, 500,000 warrants through incentive program

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Ulf Bladin

CEO and Board Member

Ulf Bladin is a Bachelor of Medicine from Karolinska Institutet, holds a Master of Business Administration and an MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics. Ulf has previously been General Manager, Vice President of the EMEA region at Hycor Biomedical, Vice President Commercial Operations Europe at Thermo Fisher Scientific Immuno Diagnostics Division, and Vice President with Global Responsibility for Marketing, Health Economy, Corporate Communications, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at Phadia. He has also held leading commercial positions in the pharmaceutical industry at Pfizer and Merck Sharp & Dohme. Board member of Lumito AB.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
724,638 shares, 724,638 TO5, 1,000,000 warrants through incentive program.

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Steve Ross

Board member

Education and background: Steve Ross has two undergraduate degrees, one in chemistry, the other in mathematics with statistics, and he received his PhD from Edinburgh University in synthetic chemistry. He subsequently carried out postdoctoral research at The University of Utah (Royal Society Fellowship), the CNRS in Toulouse, France (Marie Curie Fellowship) and The University of Oxford.

Steve Ross is a co-founder of Psyros and has worked in in-vitro diagnostics for over 15 years. His industrial career started in 2001 with PiezOptic, developing pyroelectric sensors for monitoring exposure to toxic gases. In 2006 he co-founded Vivacta, a start-up company using the same pyroelectric technology, this time for point-of-care clinical diagnostics.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
8,290,816 shares

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Aileen McGettrick

Board member

Education and background: PhD in biochemistry and genetics at Oxford University followed by Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Oxford and the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston USA (affiliated to Harvard Medical School) researching the genetics of Type 2 diabetes.

Aileen McGettrick is co-founder of Psyros and has 15 years of experience in assay development for medical devices. From 2008 to 2018 in her role as Group Head of Assay Development she led multi-disciplinary teams for VC backed start-up Vivacta Ltd and subsequently the Novartis Near Patient Testing Unit (after acquisition of Vivacta by Novartis in 2012), specializing in detection of target analytes in whole blood for point of care diagnostics. With a broad working knowledge of the regulatory requirements for medical devices she brings strong operational and project management skills to the team.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
8,290,816 shares

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Tobias Volker

Board member

Education and background: PhD in Biochemistry and an MBA from INSEAD. Over the last decades, Volker has strongly contributed to the development of point-of-care for heart disease but also in other disease areas. At Biosite, he led the international development of the Triage platform and launched the cardiac panel and the very first reimbursable BNP assay in Europe. Responsible for the launch of Quo-Test HbA1c at Quotient Diagnostics and participated in the reverse acquisition that later became EKF Diagnostics. Volker gained further insight into the POC business while working at Cholestech, Alere and more recently at Expand Healthcare Consulting GmbH, where he was a high-level advisor to private companies and non-profit organizations. He has also been the responsible manager of the healthcare R&D group at SK Telecom (now Invites Healthcare).

Chairman of the Board of Expand Healthcare Consulting GmbH and member of the Board of Ominilabs.

Shareholding as of 30/06/2023:
1,111,346 shares, 1,000,000 warrants through incentive program.

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Kiarash Farr

Board member

Kiarash Farr is a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm and Management Acceleration Program from INSEAD, Fontainebleau France. Kiarash is currently Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Boule Diagnostics. Kiarash has previously been Senior Director, Commercial Operations of the EMEA region at Hycor Biomedical, Sales Director Key account management at Thermo Fisher Scientific Immuno Diagnostics Division, and Business Director Asia at IBA with various leadership positions in Germany, China and India.

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The nomination committee

The nomination committee is appointed in consultation with the three largest shareholders or owner groups, according to the number of votes based on shareholder statistics from Euroclear Sweden, and other reliable owner information in accordance with the decision of the Annual General Meeting.

 

The nomination committee’s task is to produce proposals for the AGM regarding the chairman of the meeting, the board, the chairman of the board, board fees with a division between the chairman and other members of the board, auditors and fees to auditors and, where applicable, proposals for revising the principles for the appointment of the nomination committee.

 

The nomination committee for the 2024 AGM in Prolight Diagnostics AB (publ.) consists of chairman Micael Wikberg, who represents Günther & Wikberg Holding AB, appointed in accordance with the largest shareholders by number of votes. Other members are Paul Monaghan, who represents his own shares, appointed in accordance with the number of votes of the largest shareholders. Christer Sjödoff, who represents Cardeon AB, appointed in accordance with the number of votes of the largest shareholders.

 

Shareholders who wish to submit proposals to the nomination committee can do so in writing to:

 

“Valberedningen”

Prolight Diagnostics AB (publ)

Gasverksgatan 3A

222 29 Lund

Sweden

 

Or by e-mail to:

valberedningen@prolightdx.com