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Meet Jesper Kjerulff, Chief operations officer and Global project lead
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Meet Jesper Kjerulff, Chief operations officer and Global project lead

October 18, 2023

With a wealth of experience in pharmaceutical development at prominent drug companies, Jesper Kjerulff is a seasoned expert who has been at the forefront of every aspect, stage, and facet of the drug development process. His international background spans the EU, the US, China, and Japan, covering regulatory approvals, in-licensing, contract negotiations, governance structures within major drug development partnerships, and the leadership of large, global, cross-functional project teams.

"I have a deep understanding of what it takes to bring a drug from concept to market, including the potential pitfalls. I believe this knowledge is of substantial value to PharmNovo," says Jesper Kjernulff.

As Chief operating officer and Project lead for PN6047, Jesper oversees the entire project. His primary focus is creating value, strategically managing risks and front-loading activities that will be valuable in the long run.

Before joining PharmNovo, Jesper Kjerulff held influential positions at Lundbeck, where he spearheaded numerous global projects. One of his accomplishments was overseeing the successful development of the antidepressant drug Brintellix®/Trintellix®, which seamlessly progressed from pre-clinical development to global registration and launch, transforming patients' lives worldwide. Jesper envisions a similar trajectory for PN6047.

"I hope and believe our drug candidate will revolutionise the treatment of neuropathic pain, set new standards, and help millions of people who suffer.".

While the realisation of this vision may be years away, Jesper has meticulously charted a roadmap. In the short term, over the next 2–3 years, PharmNovo aims to demonstrate PN6047's efficacy in reducing neuropathic pain. In the medium term, spanning 5–8 years, he believes PharmNovo, likely in collaboration with a major pharmaceutical partner, will illustrate that PN6047 fundamentally differs from conventional opioids.

"Our goal is to overcome the stigma surrounding opioids and gain approval for PN6047's use in treating neuropathic pain."

When asked about the key factors behind his belief in PN6047's success, Jesper emphasises the critical role of the team. The team, he asserts, cannot compensate for an ineffective drug, but given a potent drug, the team's expertise and dedication will be the driving force of success.

"PharmNovo's crowning achievement is assembling a team of 14 individuals, each bringing a unique blend of experience, dedication, responsibility, enthusiasm, collaboration, and competence".

As PharmNovo works to relieve the suffering of individuals with chronic pain, Jesper Kjerulff plays a vital role within the company. His objective is clear:

"I aim to make a difference. Not for personal recognition but to improve the world in a responsible way. My goal is to drive progress, solve problems, and create meaningful results".

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Meet Jesper Kjerulff, Chief operations officer and Global project lead

October 18, 2023

With a wealth of experience in pharmaceutical development at prominent drug companies, Jesper Kjerulff is a seasoned expert who has been at the forefront of every aspect, stage, and facet of the drug development process. His international background spans the EU, the US, China, and Japan, covering regulatory approvals, in-licensing, contract negotiations, governance structures within major drug development partnerships, and the leadership of large, global, cross-functional project teams.

"I have a deep understanding of what it takes to bring a drug from concept to market, including the potential pitfalls. I believe this knowledge is of substantial value to PharmNovo," says Jesper Kjernulff.

As Chief operating officer and Project lead for PN6047, Jesper oversees the entire project. His primary focus is creating value, strategically managing risks and front-loading activities that will be valuable in the long run.

Before joining PharmNovo, Jesper Kjerulff held influential positions at Lundbeck, where he spearheaded numerous global projects. One of his accomplishments was overseeing the successful development of the antidepressant drug Brintellix®/Trintellix®, which seamlessly progressed from pre-clinical development to global registration and launch, transforming patients' lives worldwide. Jesper envisions a similar trajectory for PN6047.

"I hope and believe our drug candidate will revolutionise the treatment of neuropathic pain, set new standards, and help millions of people who suffer.".

While the realisation of this vision may be years away, Jesper has meticulously charted a roadmap. In the short term, over the next 2–3 years, PharmNovo aims to demonstrate PN6047's efficacy in reducing neuropathic pain. In the medium term, spanning 5–8 years, he believes PharmNovo, likely in collaboration with a major pharmaceutical partner, will illustrate that PN6047 fundamentally differs from conventional opioids.

"Our goal is to overcome the stigma surrounding opioids and gain approval for PN6047's use in treating neuropathic pain."

When asked about the key factors behind his belief in PN6047's success, Jesper emphasises the critical role of the team. The team, he asserts, cannot compensate for an ineffective drug, but given a potent drug, the team's expertise and dedication will be the driving force of success.

"PharmNovo's crowning achievement is assembling a team of 14 individuals, each bringing a unique blend of experience, dedication, responsibility, enthusiasm, collaboration, and competence".

As PharmNovo works to relieve the suffering of individuals with chronic pain, Jesper Kjerulff plays a vital role within the company. His objective is clear:

"I aim to make a difference. Not for personal recognition but to improve the world in a responsible way. My goal is to drive progress, solve problems, and create meaningful results".

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