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Umeå Biotech Incubator appoints new Chairman of the Board

Umeå Biotech Incubator has appointed Lena Karlsson Engman as its new Chairman of the Board.

Lena Karlsson Engman, who is a member of the Social Democrats at Umeå City Council and a former researcher at the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI). She is a trained laboratory assistant and chemist and has worked with research and testing for several years, mainly at the FOI in Umeå. She has been a full-time politician since 2015 as a member of the Social Democrats at the city council, as well as Chairman of the Technical Services Committee and the Rescue Services Committee. Lena Karlsson Engman also heads the board of Biofuel Region and has served as Chairman of Umeå Energi and affiliated companies between 2015 and 2018.

“I am both proud and happy to have been elected and also very humble about the task facing me. It will be especially fun to get closer to research-related work again. I believe my own experience of research can come in useful working with the board at UBI,” says Lena Karlsson Engman.


“We are delighted to have recruited Lena. She has the perfect background to be able to understand our researchers’ working lives and needs while also having a strong desire to develop and drive projects forward. I am convinced that our cooperation will work perfectly,” says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO of Umeå Biotech Incubator.

Lena Karlsson Engman replaces Åsa Ögren as Chairman of the Board.