2020-09-22 06:31Press release

SmiLe recruits Ulrika Axelsson as business development coach

Ulrika Axelsson, new business coach at Smile IncubatorUlrika Axelsson, new business coach at Smile Incubator

SmiLe Incubator strengthens the business development team with additional expertise in healthtech and biotech by recruiting Ulrika Axelsson. She has previously worked in the startup company PainDrainer and at the centre for cancer research CREATE Health in Lund, Sweden.

Many successful companies in Lund originate from CREATE Health, a strategic centre for translational cancer research at Lund University, and Ulrika Axelsson har worked closely with some of them. An example of a spin-off company from the centre is Immunovia.

After having obtained her PhD in Immunotechnology at Lund University, Ulrika Axelsson has worked in the intersection between academia and industry. She was deputy director at CREATE Health with responsibility for clinical studies, amongst other things. Subsequently she has worked at PainDrainer – a healthtech company developing solutions for self-management of chronic pain – where she was responsible for business development, regulatory programs and CE marking as well as clinical trials.

–  We are thrilled to welcome Ulrika in our team. Her expertise in both healthtech, not least eHealth, and biotech in combination with her entrepreneurial experience from working in startups as well as extensive experience of collaboration at the intersection of industry, academia and healthcare is a great advantage for our entrepreneurs, says Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe Incubator at Medicon Village in Lund, Sweden.

– I’m delighted to start working as a business coach at SmiLe and to be part of the creative and innovative environment. I’m looking forward to contributing with all my experience of identifying business potential at an early stage as well as developing business models and planning the journey towards the market. I’m impressed by the diversity, innovation and potential of the companies at SmiLe, says Ulrika Axelsson.

SmiLe focuses strongly on having a team of very senior business developers affiliated with the incubator, all of them with experience from the life science industry. In total, the members of the SmiLe team have more than 300 years of life science experience to share with the members.


For more information, please contact: Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe Incubator +46(0) 7340004339, ebba@smileincubator.life

Language: English

About SmiLe Venture Hub – Pioneering Life Science Innovations

SmiLe Incubator is a life science business incubator based in Medicon Village in Lund. SmiLe helps entrepreneurs to commercialize their ideas. There are currently more than 20 companies in SmiLe, which together with alumni companies, have attracted more than EUR 280 million in venture capital to date since 2014. SmiLe offers business coaching, a large network of contacts and a dynamic community, as well as well-equipped laboratories which is unique of its kind in Sweden. SmiLe is a non-profit organization and receives basic funding from Region Skåne, Lund Municipality, Lund University and Medicon Village. SmiLe´s sponsors are Agilent, Sparbanken Skåne, Awa, Høiberg, Prevas, Setterwalls, Zacco. SmiLe’s listed alumni companies have a market capitalization of almost EUR 750 million (Q4 2019). www.smileincubator.life