David H. Solomon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Solomon joined Zealand September 1st, 2008. Dr. Solomon has extensive experience in pharmacology research, having served as a faculty member at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY as well as leadership positions at several biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including Remedy Pharmaceuticals and Critical Diagnostics, both in New York. From 2003-2006, Dr. Solomon led healthcare investing at Carrot Capital Healthcare Ventures. Most recently, Dr. Solomon served as Chief Operating Officer of Vital Sensors, Inc. Dr. Solomon studied medicine and received his doctorate at Cornell University Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering division of its Graduate School of Medical Sciences, in New York City.
Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
Effective from 1 October 2013, Dr. Torsten Hoffmann (German, born 1967) joined Zealand from Roche, where he spent 16 years in several managerial positions, including as Head of Discovery Chemistry in the Pharma Research division of the company’s headquarters in Basel. Torsten is the author of more than 75 research publications, published conference reports and patent applications. In addition, the work of the Discovery Chemistry Department at Roche which Torsten led over the past eight years has been documented in more than 280 peer reviewed publications and 540 patent applications. Torsten studied chemistry at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and received his doctorate at the Eidgenössische Technishe Hochshule in Zürich, which was followed by a position as post-doc at the Scripps Research Institute in California. He has received several prizes and awards and has been listed in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in the World” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare” since 2007. He serves on several advisory Boards including Stiftungsrat Schweizerische Studienstiftung Zürich, Switzerland; Stiftungsrat and Vorstand Werner Stiftung Basel, Switzerland; Elsevier/reaxys Database Elsevier SA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Department of Chemistry at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mats Blom has a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Lund followed by an MBA from I:E:S:E University of Navarra, Barcelona. Mr. Blom has several years experience as a management consultant at Gemini Consulting and at Ernst&Youngs Transaction Services division. Mr Blom has held CFO positions at Active Biotech and Anoto both publicly listed on the Nasdaq OMX in Stockholm. Before joining Zealand Pharma A/S March 1st, 2010 Mr. Blom served as Chief Financial Officer at Swedish Orphan International a leading European orphan drug company recently acquired by BioVitrum of Sweden. Mats Blom was appointed Senior Vice President and CFO January 3rd, 2011.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Effective from 1 February 2013, Agneta Svedberg (Swedish, born 1963) joined Zealand from Cantargia AB, a Swedish biotech company, where she has held a position as Chief Executive Officer. Agneta has more than 20 years of experience in drug development from different leadership functions in both biotech and big pharma companies, including more than ten years with Genmab A/S in Copenhagen, where she was Global Head of Clinical Development and held various senior management positions, the last year as Copenhagen site Manager with responsibility for 200 people. Prior to this, she was Head of Clinical Development (Europe) at Oxigene Europe AB and also held managerial positions at Pharmacia & Upjohn AB in Sweden. Agneta Svedberg holds a M.Sc. in Radiation Physics from Lund University and an Executive MBA from Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden.
Arvind M. Hundal
Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer
Dr. Hundal has a BS from Kings College, in London, a PhD from the Institute of Genetics at Glasgow University, and subsequently completed a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. Dr. Hundal has over 15 years of experience in the life sciences sector, at least 10 of which have been in a business development role. She has worked on both in and out licensing across the industry from pre-seed to public organizations; including university technology development, spinout biotechnology, and large top tier pharmaceutical companies. Dr Hundal has worked on deals covering a large array of compounds and technologies; from small molecules NCEs, to peptides, proteins, and antibodies in a wide range of therapeutic areas including; Gastrointestinal, Metabolic, Cardiovascular, Oncology, Virology, Inflammation, and CNS. Before joining Zealand August 15th, 2009, Dr. Hundal served as a member of the Strategic Planning Business Development organization at AstraZeneca and Business Development Director at 7TM Parma A/S. Dr Hundal was appointed Vice President of Business Development January 1st, 2011 and became a member of the Executive Management Team September 1st, 2011.