Management team


Viktor Karlsson, MSc
Chief Executive Officer

Viktor Karlsson is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Premune, Inc. Mr. Karlsson also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Premune AB. Prior to joining Premune, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lunicore, the largest student consultancy firm in Sweden. He studied MSc industrial engineering and management at Lund University and technology management of innovation at University of Tokyo.


Alf Lindberg, M.D., Ph.D.,
Chief Scientific Officer

Alf Lindberg is Chief Scientific Officer of Premune Prior to joining Premune, Mr. Lindberg held several senior roles in multinational corporations and committees. He is a former Secretary of the Swedish Nobel Committee, was Head of Research and Development at Wyeth Vaccines, and was Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Sanofi Pasteur, where he led the development of the vaccine blockbuster Prevnar. He obtained his baccalaureate in Malmo, Sweden in and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.


Michio Soga,
Chief Financial Officer

Michio Soga is Chief Financial Officer of Premune Inc., where he oversees Premune’s corporate finance and accounting functions. Mr. Soga brings more than 30 years of senior-level financial experience, including more than 11 years of life sciences expertise to Premune. Prior to joining the team, he was a life sciences consultant. Previously, Mr. Soga was Chief Financial Officer at Transave, Inc., Pharmacopeia, Inc., Metaphore, Inc. and Confetti Network Ltd. Prior to his shift to the corporate side, Mr. Soga was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Banque Indosuez. He received his Masters of Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management and his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.


Mickey McDermott
Global Head of Marketing

Mickey McDermott is the Global Head of Marketing of Premune Inc. Prior to joining Premune, he was the Director of Global Innovation at Novartis Animal Health. Mr. McDermott has held several senior positions marketing and communications at Pharmacia Animal Health, SmithKline Beecham, Saatchi & Saatchi and Ferguson. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University.