The OvaCure Team

Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board

The members of the OvaCure Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board are carefully selected according to their international experience and recognition in the following therapeutic areas: gynaecology, oncology, immunotherapy and T-cell therapy. This equips OvaCure with the required competences to treat and cure ovarian cancer. The members of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board do not receive compensation, but have the opportunity to submit projects to the Project Call. 

George Coukos

MD, Professor, Leader of Tumor biology at Ludwig Centre of the University of Lausanne, CH

George Coukos is a professor at the University of Lausanne and Chief Director of the Oncology Department at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV). He is the Director of Ludwig Cancer Research Lausanne which focuses on tumor immunology and immunotherapy. Professor Coukos has established and currently directs the Swiss Cancer Center in Lausanne for translational and clinical cancer research. Furthermore, he is a tenured Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he established and directed the Ovarian Cancer Research Center.

Carl June

MD, Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Carl June is a professor at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in Adoptive T-cell therapy and T-cell co-stimulation. Professor June also stands as Director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lydie Meheus

PhD, Managing Director of the Anticancer Fund and Co-founder of OvaCure, BE

Lydie Meheus, PhD, is Managing Director of the Anticancer Fund (ACF) and Executive Director of Reliable Cancer Therapies (RCT). She holds a PhD in Protein Biochemistry. In 1987, Meheus began work as a senior researcher at Innogenetics, Belgium, where she subsequently held numerous positions. When Innogenetics incorporated its therapeutic activities into a new company, GENimmune, in 2007, she became Vice President for R&D. She began working at RCT in 2009 and ACF in 2013.


Mansoor Raza Mirza

MD, Chief Oncologist, Rigshospitalet, Chairman, Danish Gynecologic Cancer Society, DK

Mansoor Raza Mirza is Chief Oncologist at the Department of Oncology, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has broad experience in clinical protocol development, trial conduct and clinical trial regulations. He represents Nordic Society of Gynecological Oncology in the European Network of Gynecologic Oncology Trials and in the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup. Professor Mirza is the Chairman of the Danish Gynecological Cancer Society.

Eric Pujade-Lauraine

MD, PhD, Professor of Medical Oncology at the University Paris Descartes, FR

Eric Pujade-Lauraine is Founder of the French GINECO Group, devoted to clinical research in gynecologic cancer. Professor Pujade-Lauraine is Head of the Women Cancer and Clinical research Department at Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris Centre, site Hôtel-Dieu, AP-HP in Paris, France and Co-chair of the French gynecologic rare tumor network (TMRG). He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the Executive Board of the European Network of Gynecological Trials (ENGOT). Professor Pujade-Lauraine is past Chair of the Gynecologic Cancer Academy (GCA), the ENGOT Translational group and the international Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup (GCIG).

Inge Marie Svane

MD, DMSc, Professor, Copenhagen University Hospital Herlev, Center for Cancer Immune Therapy (CCIT), DK

Inge Marie Svane is Head of Oncologic treatment of disseminated melanoma in Eastern Denmark, She is also a member of the Danish Melanoma Grou and conducts research on TILs which have produced encouraging results in malignant melanoma. Currently a phase III trial in malignant melanoma has been initiated.

OvaCure Foundation Board (US)

Alexander Peitersen

Founder Reputation, CEO Publicis Communication Norden and Chairman of OvaCure International Board of Trustees

Crystal Hayling

MMS Stanford, Aspen Institute, Founder C2 Projects
Philantropic Leader & Changemaker


Kristin Parello-Plesner

MLA Harvard
Organisational Management & Communication


Marie-Louise Høm

MA Organisational Psychology
Strategy Consultant

Strategic Advisory Board

Juliane Meulengracht Bang

Co-founder of OvaCure, DK
MBA, INSEAD and Social Entrepreneur.

Juliane Meulengracht Bang is the Co-founder of OvaCure and the chairman of Maternity Foundation. She is a board member at The Mary Foundation, GENERATIONi, The Social Capital Fund, ArtRebels and Motor Agency. She is a Former CEO of advertising agency BBDO. Juliane has particular expertise in strategy, business development, sustainability, fundraising and communication.

Anette Clausen

Program manager for the Executive Board Program, Copenhagen Business School, DK
Cand.merc., Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Anette Clausen holds a career within human resources as director for HR Development. Today she is the program manager for the Executive Board Program at CBS Executive. Furthermore, Anette is a mentor for entrepreneurs at Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship (CSE).

Pernille Randrup Deleuran

Head of the International Department, Danish Parliament (Folketinget).

Pernille Randrup Deleuran is Master of Law, University of Copenhagen and LLM Master of Law & CBL, University of Reading. Pernille has extensive experience from positions in the Danish parliament and Ministry of industry and commerce.


Caroline Heering

Co-founder of OvaCure, DK
Director at Ole Kirk's Foundation.

Caroline Heering is the director of the Ole Kirk's Foundation, a part of the LEGO foundations. Furthermore, Caroline is a board member of The Mary Foundation and has been advisor to HRH Crown Princess Mary for 8 years. Caroline is Co-founder of OvaCure and has a background with 7 years experience working at Unilever and extensive experience in strategy, business development and project management, partnership models, brand management, marketing and communications.

Petra Ellegaard Helfferich

Senior Associate Spencer Stuart, DK

Petra Helfferich is a senior leadership advisor with a broad international background. She has more than 20 years management consulting experience and was formerly a Vice President with A.T. Kearney. Petra serves on boards of private equity and family-owned companies addressing growth and globalisation.

Petra has particular expertise in growth strategy, business development, internationalisation and partnership development.


Britt Meelby Jensen

CEO at Zealand Pharma, DK
MSc, International Marketing and Management, CBS & MBA, Economics, Solvay Business School.

Britt Meelby Jensen has a long career within the pharmaceutical industry as Product Manager, Marketing Director, Vice President and Corporate Vice President in Global Marketing (Novo Nordisk) and CEO & General Manager (DAKO). Today she is CEO of Zealand Pharma a Danish biotechnology company.


Henriette Svarre Nielsen

Co-founder of OvaCure, DK
MD at Copenhagen University Hospital & Associate.

Henriette Svarre Nielsen is a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Copenhagen University DMSc. She has a long career within Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology and is also founder and chairman of the board at Maternity Foundation.


Ulrikke Olufsen

Senior Partner & Founder at CapaHouse, DK
Cand Merc. & MBA, Copenhagen Business School.

Ulrikke Olufsen has extensive experience within HR and leadership development from the pharmaceutical industry (Eli Lilly, Biogen) and engineering sector (Rambøll).


Alexander Peitersen

Regional CEO for Publicis Communication in The Nordics and Chairman of OvaCure International Board of Trustees.

Alexander Peitersen's extensive experience covers corporate branding initiatives, repositioning projects as well as key launches, primarily international branding projects for life science companies.


Anne Cathrine Wilhjelm

Partner and Lawyer at SEED Capital.

Anne Cathrine Wilhjelm's areas of experience include company law, IT law, intellectual property rights, and competition law. She has specialized legal knowledge relating to investments in start-ups and the law in general concerning start-ups.

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Anette Galskjøt

CEO at International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), DK. Master of Law, University of Copenhagen & LLM - International Business Law, Kings College London.

Anette Galskjøt key expertise lie in investment banking, IT, public affairs and strategic communication. She is CEO at International Foundation for Housing and Planning (IFHP).


Tina Koutouleas

PhD. Fellow, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Tina is a biologist with an industry background in human vaccine technologies.  She has a passion for immuno-oncology and molecular microbiology. She has experience in clinical project management with the overarching goal of accelerating translational research to the benefit of vulnerable patient communities.

The Office


Kristin Parello-Plesner

Strategic Director
MLA Harvard Organisational Management & Communication
(+45) 91 67 53 94
(+1) 202 341 8740

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Randi Krogsgaard

Fundraising and Communication Manager
MSc. Psychology
(+45) 20 48 83 84

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Adoracion (Dori) Pegalajar-Jurado

Senior Scientific Manager
PhD. Bio-interface Engineering. MSc. Chemical Engineering
(+45) 71 48 62 66


Sara Philip Bjerg

Communication Associate
Cand.Merc. International Marketing and Management
(+45) 40 76 11 37



Carsten Lindberg Fagö-Olsen

Medical Advisor

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Josefine Svalling

Communication Manager
MSc. Business Administration and Psychology
(+45) 28 61 05 50