Håkan Björklund, Ph.D. has served as a director since the completion of the IPO. Dr. Björklund has been a healthcare industry advisor to Avista since October 2011. Dr. Björklund worked closely with Avista on the development of Nycomed A/S prior to its sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Under Dr. Björklund’s leadership from 1999 to 2011, Nycomed A/S grew from a predominantly Scandinavian business into a global pharmaceutical company, with Dr. Björklund leading the company through numerous acquisitions.
Prior to Nycomed A/S, Dr. Björklund was Regional Director at Astra AB (now AstraZeneca plc) from 1996 to 1999 and, prior to that he was President of Astra Draco AB from 1991 to 1996. Dr. Björklund is Chairman of the board of directors at Acino Pharma AG, Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (SOBI) and Trimb Healthcare AB. He was also a director at Danisco A/S until its recent acquisition by Dupont, and was formerly a member of the boards of directors of Atos Medical AB, Coloplast A/S (CPH: COLO-B) and Kibion AB. Dr. Bj¨orklund received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Dr. Björklund was chosen as a director because of his strong background and extensive experience in the healthcare industry. Dr. Björklund was formerly the Chairman of the board of Directors at H. Lundbeck A/S (CPH: LUN).