Industrifonden has announced that Peter Wolpert has been appointed its new CEO.
Wolpert has extensive experience developing and taking life science and tech companies to market, states Industrifonden. He will take up the helm at Industrifonden in March 2022 and he succeeds David Sonnek, who joins Navigare Ventures.
“We are very pleased to have recruited Peter Wolpert as the new CEO of Industrifonden. Peter’s experience of taking companies from innovation to commercialization, and his passion for research and technology development will be a great asset to the fund. Peter is also a strong leader and team builder with extensive experience in both corporate financing and commercial negotiations. Together with Industrifonden’s experienced analyst and investment team, Peter will continue our strategic journey to make Sweden smarter by investing early in growth companies where Industrifonden can make a difference,” says Industrifonden chairman Birgitta Stymne Göransson.
Peter Wolpert has over 20 years of experience in company development as CEO, strategy consultant and board member. He founded the pharmaceutical company Moberg Pharma in 2006, which reached close to half a billion SEK in revenue worldwide before its commercial portfolio was divested in 2019. His portfolio of successful ventures includes companies that have been publicly listed, entered partnerships or been acquired by leading investors and industrial players in the US, Europe and Asia.
He has been based in the US for the past few years, and is currently chairman of the board of Moberg Pharma and advisor to A3P Biomedical and OncoZenge. He has been advisor to a number of smaller companies, including Appeal Software Solutions which was sold to BEA (today Oracle) in 2002, and previously worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. Peter has an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and an MSc in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
“Industrifonden has an important role to play by investing in the best innovative ventures and supporting them to mature into successful global businesses. Building a successful company from a pioneering innovation requires deep technology insight, willingness to take risk and perseverance. I am excited to work together with the team at Industrifonden, talented entrepreneurs and investment partners to make Sweden stronger,” says incoming CEO Peter Wolpert.
The board has appointed Per Anell, Senior Investment Director at Industrifonden, as acting CEO until Peter Wolpert takes office in March 2022.
Photo of Peter Wolpert: Industrifonden