Management

  • Daniel Schneider President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dan Schneider joined Photocure November 2018. He brings more than 25 years of experience in developing and expanding rapidly growing healthcare companies in the U.S., most recently as the General Manager for Ablynx N.V. in North America. He has also held executive management positions in other pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including BTG International, Somaxon Pharmaceuticals and Sepracor.

    Mr. Schneider is a U.S. citizen and holds an MBA from Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Louis University with a double major in Finance and Marketing.

    Dan Schneider holds 160,000 share options and 70,254 shares in the Company.

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  • Erik Dahl Chief Financial Officer

    Erik Dahl, joined Photocure in August 2012 as CFO. Most recently, he was CFO for GET AS, the second largest cable TV provider in Norway. He has more than 20 years of experience from senior level financial management roles, with responsibilities within corporate finance, legal and financial restructurings, M&A and capital market transactions. He has held various CFO roles in both public and private companies. Mr. Dahl has a Bachelor degree in finance and accounting from the Norwegian School of Economics.

    Erik Dahl holds, directly or indirectly, 26,863 shares and 55,000 share options in the Company.

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  • Geoffrey Coy Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Operations

    Geoff Coy joined Photocure in October 2019. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the life sciences industry including sales, marketing, sales operations and market access in the biopharmaceuticals and medical device areas. Prior to joining Photocure Geoff was the Commercial Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BTG International (Boston Scientific) where he lead strategic and operational business development. Prior to BTG Geoff has been in leadership roles for Sepracor Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline. Geoff has a proven track record and ability to build and develop high-performing commercial teams that deliver results.

    Geoffrey Coy holds 102,500 share options and 8,081 shares in the Company.

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  • Grete Hogstad
    Grete Hogstad Vice President Global Strategic Marketing & Business Development

    Grete Hogstad, joined Photocure in February 2005. She has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Oslo, as well as a business degree from the Norwegian School of Management. She has held various leading positions in Marketing and Sales in Alpharma and Novo Nordisk Pharma, and is a founding member of the Generics Association in Norway. Ms. Hogstad comes from the position as Director Sales and Marketing for Norway, Sweden and Finland in Alpharma.

    Grete Hogstad holds, directly or indirectly, 30,719 shares and 37,500 share options in the Company.

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  • Patricia Kelly Vice President Global Human Resources

    Patti Kelly joined Photocure in September 2020 after having worked with the company on due diligence, key personnel recruitment and acquisition of global rights for Hexvix as an external HR advisor for several months. She brings over 25 years of HR leadership experience to the Company. Ms. Kelly was the Chief HR Officer for Capsugel, a global Pharma technology company where she established the global HR function for the private equity-owned company after they separated from Pfizer. She held this role until 2017 when she started her HR consulting business. Prior to Pfizer, she worked for Schering-Plough (Merck) where she held positions of increasing responsibility over 16 years with her last role as VP HR Animal Health and Consumer Health.
    Ms. Kelly received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University and an M.B.A. in Management from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

    Patti Kelly holds 40,000 share options in the Company.

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  • Kari Myren
    Kari Myren Vice President Global Medical Affairs and Clinical Development

    Kari Myren joined Photocure in 2015 as Medical Director, taking on the role as Head of Global Medical Affairs and Clinical Development from January 2019. She has broad experience with 10 years of expertise from medical affairs and clinical development in the biotech and pharma industries such as Novartis and Roche Diagnostics, ranging from drug development and medical affairs management to business development, health economics and external affairs management, commercialization strategy for start-ups and management of international collaboration initiatives between pharma and diagnostics. She holds a Medical degree from the University of Oslo and has clinical experience from the field of breast and endocrine surgery. Ms. Myren currently holds a non-executive director position in the Board of SoftOx Solutions AS.

    Kari Myren holds 37,500 share options and 5,864 shares in the Company.

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  • Susanne Strauss Vice President and General Manager of Europe

    Susanne Strauss joined Photocure in July 2020 following Photocure's regaining worldwide rights to Hexvix and the establishment of its own commercial operations in Europe. She brings over 20 years of international leadership experience in medical devices, life sciences and pharma, living and working across Europe and Asia with occasional remits in the U.S.
    Most recently Ms. Strauss held the position of General Manager of Asia Pacific for legacy BTG at Boston Scientific after leading BTG's Interventional Pulmonology Business as VP Commercial and expanding BTG's Interventional Oncology Business into Europe. Before that she worked in leadership positions for Convatec, Janssen-Cilag and Baxter.
    She holds a PhD in Technical Chemistry and an MBA from SDA Bocconi.

    Susanne Strauss holds 90,000 share options in the Company.

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Advisors

  • Inger Ferner Heglund Advisor -  Research and Development

    Inger Ferner Heglund, the former Vice President Research and Development, joined Photocure in 2006 as Director, Business Relations and was appointed Vice President Research and Development from January 2007. In 2018 she became an Advisor to the Leadership Team. She has a degree in physiology from the University of Oslo and extensive experience within R&D. She has held various leadership positions in preclinical development and project management in GE Healthcare before joining Photocure.

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