About us

Our vision: to address the large unmet need for anti-inflammatory therapeutics for cardiovascular disease

Athera is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing targeted anti-inflammatory biological candidate drugs for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The company started development of its lead program in 2008, harnessing breakthrough innovations made at the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

The company currently has a proprietary clinical development stage program with the lead candidate, ATH3G10.

Major shareholders are Industrifonden, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen) and Linc AB. The development of the antibody therapy has in part been co-financed by the EU FP7 program, in the project CARDIMMUN.

Athera is located in Stockholm at Hagastaden, next the new Karolinska Hospital and at AZ BioVentureHub, the incubator established at the Astra Zeneca facility in Gothenburg as an innovative ecosystem to further strengthen the life science industry in Scandinavia.

A dynamic company committed to
improving care for cardiovascular disease patients

Athera Biotechnologies AB is managed in a semi-virtual organization built by a core team of senior professionals with many years of experience from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics industries. Our expertise extends from preclinical and clinical development
to specialized knowledge in the development of cardiovascular pharmaceuticals, and intellectual property.


Management team members include

James Hall – Chief Executive Officer
Carina Schmidt – Senior Business Advisor
Knut Pettersson – Chief Scientific Officer
Anders Bergman – Chief Operations Officer
Eva Hägglund – Clinical Project Manager
Peter Held – Senior Medical Advisor
Susanne Möll – Clinical Project Administration

Board of Directors

Johan Kördel – PhD Advisor to Industrifonden, venture investment and board professional.
Otto Skolling – MSc The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen)
Gunnar Olsson – MD, PhD Chairman of the Board, former head of CV/GI in AstraZeneca
Svein Mathisen – MSc Former CEO of Bioinvent International (publ)
Anders Bergman – PhD COO
James Hall – MD, PhD CEO
Carina Schmidt – MSc Senior Business Advisor