Board of Directors


Stig Løkke Pedersen, Chairman of the Board

Stig Løkke Pedersen joined UNIONs Board of Directors in 2017 and was elected Chairman of the Board in February 2020. Stig also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at NGI A/S, SSI Diagnostica A/S, Moksha8 Ltd, Transmedica A/S and Nuevolution AB up until the sale to Amgen in 2019. He is a member of the Board of Directors of MSI Methylation Sciences Inc, Skybrands A/S, BroenLab A/S and Index Pharmaceuticals AB. Stig is furthermore Operating Partner in the private equity fund Catacap A/S.

Stig served as Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations at H. Lundbeck A/S, heading all business activities for the group from 2005 to 2011. He joined Lundbeck in 1992 and served as Director of Business Development, Director of Corporate Affairs and Managing Director of Lundbeck's subsidiary in the Netherlands from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, he became Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, where he was responsible for three product deals transforming Lundbeck into a global player, namely Lexapro/Cipralex (escitalopram), Ebixa (memantine) and Azilect (rasagiline). In 2001, Stig obtained responsibility for America, Asia and Africa. In 2003, he was appointed member of Lundbeck’s Board of Management. Stig worked for Ciba-Geigy from 1986 to1992 in Denmark, Switzerland and South Africa. Stig holds a Masters in Economics from Aalborg University.

Arthur Higgins, Deputy Chairman of the Board

Arthur Higgins is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone Private Equity Group and Board member at Ecolab (NYSE: ECL) and Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH).

Previously, Arthur Higgins was Chief Executive Officer of Bayer HealthCare AG as well as Chairman of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee and Enzon Pharmaceuticals. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. Through extensive leadership experience at large healthcare companies in both the United States and Europe, Arthur Higgins will provide UNION with deep knowledge of the global pharmaceutical markets and strategies for developing, marketing and transacting pharmaceutical products.

Arthur Higgins holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Strathclyde University and is based in the U.S.

Andrew J. Oakley, Board member

Andrew J. Oakley joined UNIONs Board of Directors in May 2019. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Autolus Therapeutics. Andrew is an experienced industry professional who has been a Chief Financial Officer for more than 15 years. He joined Autolus from Sosei Group Corporation where he held the role of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Andrew was Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Executive Board Member of Vectura Group Plc. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Actelion Ltd, where he led the finance function for over a decade. Before joining Actelion, Andrew held senior finance positions for the global holding companies of Accenture, as well as executive positions in major multinational building material companies. He also spent several years as an equity analyst with banks in Australia, the UK and the US.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University and an MBA from London Business School. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987.

Dr. Jutta Heim, Board member

Jutta Heim joined UNIONs Board of Directors in June 2017. She has worked for more than 20 years at Ciba-Geigy/Novartis (CH and US). At Novartis, she was involved in the successful development and launch of anti-thrombotic and fibrinolytic products. She established Novartis’ molecular genetics department in oncology, became Novartis’ Senior Scientific Expert in Molecular Biology and a member of the Research Management Board. Jutta completed her career at Novartis heading the Novartis Lead Discovery Center with worldwide responsibility.

From 2004 to 2009, Jutta served as CSO at Basilea Pharmaceutica, a Swiss biopharmaceutical company focusing on anti-infectives, inflammation and oncology. From 2009 to 2013, she served as CTO and CSO at Evolva SA, where she led Evolva’s discovery activities and strengthened the development of its technology platform.

Jutta is a member of the advisory board of ‘‘Stiftung für Wissenschaftliche Forschung Universität Zürich’’, a board member of Evolva SA and chairs the scientific advisory committee of DNDi/GARDP, a not-for-profit organisation on antimicrobial resistance.

Jutta received a Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen in 1981 and holds a professorship in Biotechnology at the Biocenter of the University of Basel.

Gitte Aabo, Board Member

Gitte Aabo is the Chief Executive Officer at GN Hearing (NASDAQ: GN), one of the global leaders in hearing aid innovation.

Prior to this, she was President & Chief Executive Officer of LEO Pharma. Gitte Aabo is also a member of the Committee of Directors of Danmarks Nationalbank (the Danish National Bank), and a board member of ALK-Abelló A/S and HIMPP A/S. Gitte Aabo has extensive global leadership experience from the life science industry and a deep understanding of dermatology, marketing and capital markets.

Gitte Aabo holds an M.Sc. in Business administration from Copenhagen Business School.

Dr. Morten Sommer, Board Member

Morten Sommer is the Co-Founder of several biotech companies working within fields of drug development, industrial biotechnology and microbiome research.

Morten is also a Professor and Scientific Director at the Technical University of Denmark with a lab of 20+ Ph.Ds and Post-Doctorial researchers working primarily in the field of antibiotic resistance and the human microbiome. Morten is the inventor on 20+ issued patents/patent applications and author of scientific papers in journals such as Science, Cell and Nature. Morten was named among the Top 10 under 40 in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News list of biopharma research and business executives.

Morten holds a M.Sc. in Physics from University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University from the laboratory of Professor George Church.

Dr. Rasmus Toft-Kehler, Board Member

Rasmus Toft-Kehler is the Co-Founder and board member of multiple biotech and life-science companies. Before going into biotech, Rasmus worked in investment banks and in management consulting, and acted as board member of a family-owned company that was sold in 2005.

Rasmus is the inventor of over 5 patents issued and has published research in leading entrepreneurship and scientific journals such as Journal of Business Venturing and Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Rasmus holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship from Copenhagen Business School and executive education from Harvard Business School.

In 2007, Rasmus led a team of four inexperienced sailors to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean.


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