Martin Johansson holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from Lund University, Sweden, where he is currently an Associate Professor at the Center for Analysis and Synthesis. He has almost 20 years’ experience of medicinal chemistry and commercial drug discovery. Martin has previously held positions as senior researcher in AstraZeneca’s organization for Discovery R&D, in Södertälje, Sweden; Chief Scientific Officer at Respiratorius AB, which develops drugs for the treatment of cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. In recent years, Martin has worked for several drug development companies on a consulting basis, including as project manager at Glactone Pharma AB, one of Aqilion’s project companies. Martin will begin working as Senior Director Medical Chemistry at Aqilion in August.

“Martin Johansson’s extensive expertise in medicinal chemistry will be an important and strong addition to Aqilion’s ability to analyze new project ideas. His broad experience from drug discovery projects targeting a variety of disease areas and indications will also be a great asset to and a driving force for our pipeline. We are extremely pleased that Martin has chosen to join the Aqilion team and I look forward to an exciting collaboration moving forward,” says Sarah Fredriksson, CEO of AQILION AB.

About AQILION AB
Aqilion is a Swedish life science company that identifies unique pharmaceutical projects at an early phase in the drug discovery process and develops them in preparation for clinical trials. The goal is to demonstrate the clinical and commercial potential of the medical innovation to attract industrial partners and buyers, who in turn have the capacity to continue clinical development and take the product to market. The business model is based on involvement at an early stage and close collaboration with the innovator, regardless of whether the project is initiated by an external researcher, internal development project, or industrial partner. Aqilion prefers projects aimed at niche markets. Specialty medications (high-cost, high complexity and/or high touch drugs) and orphan drugs (drugs to treat diseases so rare that they would be unprofitable to produce without government assistance) are particularly interesting. Aqilion has its headquarters in Helsingborg, Sweden. Please visit www.aqilion.com

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In March of 2018, AQILION AB (formerly Partners för Utvecklingsinvesteringar inom Life Sciences, P.U.L.S. AB) carried out a directed issue of “units.” Each unit consisted of one (1) share and two (2) warrants. At that time, Aqilion raised SEK 100 million through subscription for shares. All outstanding warrants have now been converted to shares, which raised an additional SEK 100 million for the company. The issue was carried out to fund the restructuring of Aqilion’s strategy and organization, as well as the development of current and new pharmaceutical projects in the pipeline.

“It is extremely rewarding that the entire issue of units is completed and fully subscribed. It means that, with the support of Aqilion’s owners and the Board of Directors, we can continue to develop the project portfolio and increase the value of the company. On behalf of the entire team, I am both grateful and proud to be entrusted with this mission. With a new organization and funding lined up, we have created the optimum conditions to focus on efficiently developing our business model and our pharmaceutical projects,” says Sarah Fredriksson, CEO of Aqilion.

About AQILION AB
Aqilion is a Swedish life science company that identifies unique pharmaceutical projects at an early phase in the drug discovery process and develops them in preparation for clinical trials. The goal is to demonstrate the clinical and commercial potential of the medical innovation to attract industrial partners and buyers, who in turn have the capacity to continue clinical development and take the product to market. The business model is based on involvement at an early stage and close collaboration with the innovator, regardless of whether the project is initiated by an external researcher, internal development project, or industrial partner. Aqilion prefers projects aimed at niche markets. Specialty medications (high-cost, high complexity and/or high touch drugs) and orphan drugs (drugs to treat diseases so rare that they would be unprofitable to produce without government assistance) are particularly interesting. Aqilion has its headquarters in Helsingborg, Sweden. Please visit www.aqilion.com

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Today the company Partners för Utvecklingsinvesteringar inom Life Science, P.U.L.S. AB is changing its name to AQILION AB. The name change marks a new phase in the development of the company, with a new strategy and identity. The decision was formally taken at an Extraordinary General Meeting in February, and the name is now registered. In conjunction with the name change, a new graphic profile is being developed that will reflect the new Aqilion strategy and identity.

Aqilion is a Swedish life science company that focuses on pharmaceutical projects with potential to improve quality of life for patients, while generating value for health services and society. Aqilion searches for opportunities – for ideas based on solid research resting on a firm biological foundation, and offering both clinical relevance and patient benefit. The company identifies unique pharmaceutical projects in the early phase of drug discovery and develops them in preparation for clinical trials with the aim of attracting industrial partners and buyers, who in turn have the capacity to continue clinical development and take the product to market. Aqilion provides capital and an experienced team that, along with specialists and innovators, tailors the project organization to each specific project.

The name Aqilion derives from Aquila, the Latin name of a genus that includes eagles. The name of the company symbolizes an astute and versatile organization that can apply the keen-sighted perspective of the eagle with great precision to find the early life science projects that are a perfect fit for the Aqilion business model. Aquila is also the name of a constellation that is visible in the northern hemisphere. The Nordic constellation reflects the potential of close collaboration in networks.

“We have high ambitions and want to act both locally and globally. A strong and clear brand is essential for our success. We also want to mark a new phase in the development and strategy of the company with a name change. The name Aqilion feels right; it is unique and its origin reflects who we are and who we want to be,” says Sarah Fredriksson, CEO, AQILION AB.

More information can be found on the new website, www.aqilion.com, which is being launched today.

About AQILION AB
Aqilion is a Swedish life science company that identifies unique pharmaceutical projects at an early phase in the drug discovery process and develops them in preparation for clinical trials. The goal is to demonstrate the clinical and commercial potential of the medical innovation to attract industrial partners and buyers, who in turn have the capacity to continue clinical development and take the product to market. The business model is based on involvement at an early stage and close collaboration with the innovator, regardless of whether the project is initiated by an external researcher, internal development project, or industrial partner. Aqilion prefers projects aimed at niche markets. Specialty medications (high-cost, high complexity and/or high touch drugs) and orphan drugs (drugs to treat diseases so rare that they would be unprofitable to produce without government assistance) are of particular interest.
Aqilion has its headquarters in Helsingborg, Sweden. Please visit www.aqilion.com.

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