Mikael Oerum holds more than 35 years of executive experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and finance sectors. In 1995, Mikael Oerum co-founded Exiqon A/S. The company listed in 2007 on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange. The company was acquired by Qiagen in 2015 and delisted. In 2000, he spun-out the therapeutic rights of Exiqon’s broad RNA/DNA platform (Locked Nucleic Acid) to Santaris Pharma that was sold to F. Hoffmann-La Roche in 2014 for USD 450M. It now operates under the name Roche Innovation Center Copenhagen.
In 2002, Mikael Oerum founded Ventac Partners, an international partnership with offices in the USA, Europe and Asia focusing on building and managing biotech and medtech companies from start to exit. In co-founding eight companies since, he has a proven record of accomplishment in identifying business opportunities, developing and executing strategic business plans, fund raising, and international deal making. Mikael Oerum has raised more than US$ 100M into companies.
Since 2005, Mikael Oerum serves as CEO and Chairman (and Co-founder) of Avexxin AS (Norway), a clinical stage therapeutic company addressing chronic inflammatory disorders.
Mikael Oerum serves as Chairman and Board Member of several international biotech companies. He serves as Chairman of RhoVac AB and on the Board of Idogen AB (both listed on a Swedish stock exchange), Chairman of Neuroscience Technologies S.L.P. (Spain) and Neuroscience Technology Limited (UK), Board Member (observer) of Amunix Operating, Inc, (USA) and Board Member of a US start-up company Orbit Genomics, Inc.
Mikael Oerum has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (USA), as Advisory Board Member of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Council Member at the Danish Technical University and as Vice Chairman of Medicon Valley Alliance representing one of the largest biotech and medtech clusters in Europe comprising more than 300 life sciences companies in the greater Copenhagen Area (Capital of Denmark) and the southern part of Sweden.
Mikael Oerum has an education in banking, finance and law from Copenhagen Business School, Danish Bankers Academy, Copenhagen Business College and Copenhagen University. Furthermore, he has military training and an officer’s education from the Royal Danish Guard and Home Guard Region VI. He served for a number of years as a Staff Officer in the Military Command of Greater Copenhagen, Operations and Intelligence and as liaison officer to NATO forces designated to The Military Command.