Reidar Gårdebäck has been appointed the new chairman of SmiLe Incubator. Reidar succeeds Lars Hedbys, who will now focus entirely on the newly established company IAmPatient AB, of which he is co-founder and chairman.
“I look forward to providing support and helping SmiLe to develop from 2017 and onwards to ensure that we can attract more Swedish and international businesses to the region. The incubator plays an important role in society by nurturing life science companies of the future, which enables them to emerge and stand on their own feet and allows their products and services to be appreciated and provide benefit,” says Reidar Gårdebäck.
Reidar has more than 20 years of experience from international medical device companies, including Siemens-Elema, Elekta, General Electric and Medtronic, where he has held management positions in both development and sales/marketing. For the past year Reidar has been in charge of Medtech4Health, a VINNOVA-financed national program for strategic innovation in health.
“It will be my pleasure to work with Reidar and share his broad network of contacts and experience in medical technology. I look forward to continuing to grow our business together with him. I also would like to warmly thank our outgoing Chairman, Lars Hedbys, who has been a great support to me and the organization during the big changes we have made since I took over almost two years ago,” says Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe Incubator.
For additional information, please contact:
Reidar Gårdebäck, Chairman of the Board, SmiLe Incubator
Mobile: +46 73 765 23 83
Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO at SmiLe Incubator
Mobile: +46 734000433
SmiLe is a business incubator based in Medicon Village in Lund. SmiLe helps entrepreneurs and startup companies to develop and commercialize new ideas. Our main task is to help the management teams of these companies to navigate the complexities of business development, financing, recruitment and risk management. There are currently 26 companies in SmiLe, which together have attracted more than SEK 1,3 billion in venture capital to date since 2007. Approximately 130 people, representing 19 nationalities and 45% of whom are women, work at SmiLe incubator. SMILE is a community consisting of experts, business advisors and incubator companies, which when combined provide a unique opportunity for Life Science Industry startups to benefit from their extensive collective experience. The opportunity also includes an infrastructure that is unique of its kind in Sweden, with well-equipped laboratories and advanced instrumentation.