Arvid Söderhäll, PhD


Arvid is The Driver. He abandoned a fancy career at the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences when the he was headhunted to Empros in 2013. He could not resist the opportunity to develop a drug and build a company from scratch. Arvid was appointed CEO of Empros Pharma in 2015.

Arvid is a physicist with a PhD in physical chemistry. He has been managing a wide range of scientific as well as strategic development projects for the more than 15 years, both as project manager and Principal Investigator. He has been working in academic research, biotech startup as well as high level policy making organisations. He has international experiences from both academic as well as industrial collaborations.

Prof. Hans Lennernäs

Chief Scientific Officer

Hans is The Giant. He is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several start-up companies. He is also a serial inventor with more than 17 drug delivery patents. In 2017 he was awarded Hjärn Äpplet a prize for his outstanding achievements in transferring knowledge from academy to industry. His academic merits speak for themselves.

Hans is one of the founders of Empros Pharma AB, he is in the Board of Directors and one of the inventors. Hans have more than 17 drug delivery patents and he is co-founder of several companies developing pharmaceutical products such as Abstral®, Plenadren® and Liproca Depot.  He has been Principal Investigator in ten years long collaborations with Food and Drug Administration (FDA, USA) as well as Medical Products Agency (MPA, Sweden). He is also one of the leader of an industrial consortium that is focused on several aspects of designing and developing oral drug delivery systems ( He is full professor at Uppsala University with more than 190 well-cited publications.

Ulf Holmbäck, PhD

Head of Clinical Program

Ulf is The Keystone. As Empros is a cross-disciplinary project Ulf is the nutritionist in the team that digest anything from design of clinical trials and statistical power calculations to intestinal hormone response. No wonder he’s got a PhD in nutrition and a position at Uppsala University.

Ulf is one of the founders of Empros Pharma AB, he is in the Board of Directors and one of the inventors. His areas of expertise are mainly nutrition physiology and circadian metabolism. Ulf has been involved in several pre-clinical as well as clinical trials.

Stefan Grudén

Head of CMC and QA

Stefan is The Wizard. He is a pharmacist with 20+ years professional experience, involved in 50+ pharmaceutical projects. His skills in advanced pharmaceutical formulation are almost magic, but only almost. He simply knows what he is doing, better than anybody else. Well – he is in fact a real magician as well.

Stefan has had senior positions in pharmaceutical development for more than 15 years. More than a third of the projects he has been involved in are marketed products. Stefan is also one of the inventors.

Assoc. Prof. Anders Forslund, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Anders is For Real. As a paediatrician specialized in obesity at the Uppsala University Hospital, he meets the consequences of the obesity pandemic every day. He sees the need for a safe and effective medicine for obese adolecents. He is involved as principal investigator in several other clinical investigations except of those at Empros, both at national and EU level.

Anders is one of the founders of Empros Pharma AB, he is in the Board of Directors and one of the inventors.

Prof. Göran Alderborn

Scientific Advisor

Göran is The Pillar. His academic fundament goes deeper and wider and the scientific highlights are higher. He has published 100+ original and review papers and author of several book chapters. Göran holds the chair in pharmaceutical technology at Uppsala University and he is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences. Göran has for many years held academic leader positions at Uppsala University. He is an internationally recognized expert on the technology and materials science of solid dosage forms with a research focus on the characterization and processing of particles and particle systems.

Göran is one of the founders and inventors.