Management team


Viktor Karlsson,
President & Chief Executive Officer

Viktor Karlsson is the President & CEO and co-founder of Premune. Mr. Karlsson holds a background in business development. Prior to founding Premune, he was the Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of Lunicore, today one of the largest management consultancy firms for young professionals in the Nordics. Viktor studied MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management at Lund University and Technology Management of Innovation at University of Tokyo.

Viktor has a beloved Bengal cat that goes by the name Rafiki.


Ed Torr
Head of Business Development and Commercial Operations

Ed brings more than 30 years of experience in animal health with senior leadership roles in some of the most prominent animal health companies in Europe including ICI, Coopers Animal Health, Alfa Laval Agri and Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC. He was an executive director of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC from 2000-14 during which time he had responsibility for business development, manufacturing and product development, Dechra Veterinary Products Europe and geographical expansion.


Mickey McDermott
Global Head of Marketing

Mickey McDermott is the Global Head of Marketing of Premune Inc. Mr. McDermott has more than 15 years of experience in Animal Health, focused on marketing and communication strategies. Prior to joining Premune, he was the Director of Global Innovation at Novartis Animal Health. Mr. McDermott has held several senior positions in marketing and communications at Pharmacia Animal Health, SmithKline Beecham, Saatchi & Saatchi and Ferguson. Mickey 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.

Mickey leads the pet count at Premune, with four dogs, four cats, four birds, a horse and a pony. 


Sofia Östman, Ph.D
Head Of R&D

Sofia Östman is the Head of Clinical Development of Premune. Prior to joining Premune, Dr Östman held a postdoctoral position in Clinical Bacteriology at University of Gothenburg, having worked for more than a decade together with the research team that is behind Premune's internal developments. Dr Östman has extensive knowledge on oral tolerance mechanisms and the role of the gut microbiota.