Chief Executive Officer
Trude holds a Master of Business and Economics and an Executive MBA from BI, Norwegian Business School, Norway. She has more than 20 years of expertise in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry at Global, European and National level within alliance management, business development, building corporate and brand strategies, new product launches and sales development for companies such as Pfizer, UCB, and AstraZeneca. Prior to joining Respinor, Trude served as Global Director of Business Development and Alliance Management for Photocure, in Norway. She has been Chief Business Officer of RESPINOR since April 2018 and CEO since May 2019.
Chief Production Officer
Torgeir have over 30 years of experience in industrializing products. He has specialized in bringing products from idea to mass production within consumer, medical and military industries. Previously he has worked as VP R&D in Spinchip Diagnostics, Project Manager R&D at Tronrud Engineering, CEO at 360 Design and Depute Manager at Abry Design. He holds a BaH in Industrial Design from Newcastle University UK. He has been Chief Production Officer of Respinor since August 2018.
Director RA & QA
Monica holds a MSc in organic chemistry from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has more than 20 years of experience in quality and regulatory affairs, product development, global product registrations including CE marking and FDA 510k approvals. Previously she worked for Alere Technologies a global IVD medical device manufacturer. Prior to joining RESPINOR, Monica served as head of Quality in certification body/notified body DNV GL Presafe.
Clinical Affairs Manager
Marit holds a MSc in Human Movement Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. She had an internship in France working on a pilot project testing an already CE marked medical device. During her studies she worked as a research assistant at the Faculty of Medicine and Health at NTNU. She has been Clinical Research Officer of RESPINOR since June 2019 and Clinical Affairs Manager since January 2020. December 2019
Board of Directors
Chairman of Board
Lic.oec HSG (MBA) from Hochschule St. Gallen, CH, Director.
Aage is today a real-estate and life science investor and the largest shareholder in Respinor. He worked for 10 years as a management consultant and as “Management for Hire” with Asbjørn Habberstad AS in the Nordic countries. He was later Owner and CEO of the largest privately owned importer of agricultural machinery in Norway.
Deputy Chairman of Board
Jan has more than 20 years of experience in various executive roles in the international pharmaceutical industry. He was running the Japan region for GE Healthcare for 10 years – a role including building infrastructure on the ground while optimise the business through Strategic Alliance and JV structures. He had full P&L responsibility for a $130m business. Jan has also been running the global pharma R&D operations in GE Healthcare including a $50m development portfolio and project/portfolio teams in UK, USA and Norway. Jan left GE in Oct 2014 as the President for the 800 employee Norwegian organisation. Beside being board member in Respinor, Jan is also Chairman of the board of Mentis Cura AS and Phoenix Solutions AS and board member of Oxy Solutions AS and Spinchip Diagnostics AS.
Marco is Chief Business Officer in Nordic Nanovector since November 2014. Prior to joining Nordic Nanovector, Marco served as SVP & Chief Commercial Officer at Shionogi Ltd., from July 2012 to October 2014. From January 2009 to June 2012 he served as Executive Director & International Franchise Head, Oncology-Hematology at Amgen, where he had previously led the Italian affiliate as Managing Director. Prior to joining Amgen, Marco held national, regional and global R&D and business roles at Novartis, Searle-Monsanto and Pharmacia. In his 28-year industry experience Marco has developed product lines and businesses, including start-ups. Marco holds a medical degree from the University of Milan and an MBA from Fondazione IDI/Assolombarda. Marco is an Italian citizen and he resides in Switzerland.
Serial entrepreneur, co-founder of RESPINOR. More than 30 years of experience in the medical device industry incl. launching new innovations, growing businesses and negotiating strategic co-operations and product licensing. MSc Biomedical engineering, Stanford and ETH Zürich.
Ullevål Hospital (OUS), Pulmonary section Leading center for investigation and treatments of patients with diseases and failure in lung function.
Buskerud and Vestfold University College (HBV), part of the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS).
BDK Industrial Products Ltd. UK, a top class developer and manufacturer of medical tapes.
Norway Health Tech is a health technology cluster, dedicated to accelerating and supporting the development of new medtech, eHealth products, services and innovative solutions for the Norwegian and global health care market.
Grants & recognitions
Respinor was ranked number 1st of 237 applications in the Horizon 2020 phase II SME instrument call. The company will use the EU funding to develop a market ready product and to conduct a randomised clinical trial to obtain clinical evidence of its use in the weaning process.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Respinor was awarded funding for 2017 from FORNY 2020 to perform activities bringing the company to clinical and technical verification.
FORNY2020 aims at creating value and benefits for society from research results. This is done by funding the Norwegian technology transfer offices (TTOs) and projects in need of proof-of-concept.
Respinor was awarded seed funding from Inven2. Through this investment, Inven2 became the third largest shareholder in Respinor.
Inven2 is owned by the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital and aims to support the commercialization of Norwegian innovations.
Respinor was awarded funding from Innovation Norway for exploring market opportunities and the commercial potential of our product idea. The support was of great help to the company in the early phase of development.
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. We support companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.
Respinor (in collaboration with K8 Industrial Design) was awarded funding from Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) as part of their Design-driven Innovation Program (DIP).
Under this programme, DOGA aims to facilitate the involvement of designers during the idea phase of innovation projects so that final products have a greater chance of meeting the needs of the user.
Respinor ranked 3rd of 323 applicants for Eurostars funding. This funding was used to support the development of the prototype device.
Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission for SMEs to foster international collaboration to support the rapid development of innovative projects.
I was impressed by your device and your signal. I believe there is a lot to do with your system, to monitor the diaphragm in ICU patients, but also way beyond this applicationKey opinion leader 2