OUR BACKGROUND

The company ViscoSens AB started out with the aim of promoting and simplifying the development of healthy and tasty bread, based on many years of research at Lund University. The research studies have found a correlation between the inclusion of viscous fibres in cereal-based foods and the blood sugar response of the consumers. Informed by this knowledge, we offer our clients a scientifically evaluated measuring method which can predict how the body’s blood sugar levels will be affected after a meal. Our vision is to become the leader in measurement technology for the control and quality assurance of health properties in food.

ELIN ÖSTMAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

FOUNDER/PART OWNER, BOARD MEMBER, NUTRITION AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER 

Elin is an associate professor in applied food science at Lund University. Her research focuses on optimising blood sugar regulation in the body after the ingestion of carbohydrate-rich foods. Elin has more than fifteen years’ experience in implementing meal studies involving healthy volunteers. She also has experience in working in interdisciplinary research, together with non-scientific partners, including within the EU project HEALTHGRAIN and the Antidiabetic Food Centre at Lund University. Elin is an owner and board member in two further research-based companies: InnovaFood AB and InnovaChildfood AB, both of which offer licenses to patented research findings.

CHRISTINA SKJÖLDEBRAND, PROFESSOR

FOUNDER/PART OWNER, BOARD MEMBER, BUSINESS AREA AND MARKETING MANAGER 

Christina is a professor of food engineering at Lund University. She has an MBA from the University of Gothenburg, has worked at SIK/SP Food and Biosciences as the food engineering division manager and member of the management group. Christina has worked at the Nestlé research centre in Switzerland and she has been an employee at ABB and Food Manager at Krinova Science Park in Kristianstad. Christina is a founder/owner of CFB Creative Future Business AB, a food-based consultancy company connected to an innovation process (Creative Food Business) and she has been a part time professor at Kristianstad University. She was awarded the Swedish food industry’s Food Prize in 1997.

MALIN SJÖÖ, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

FOUNDER/PART OWNER, DEPUTY BOARD MEMBER

Malin is an associate professor of Food Technology at Lund University specialising in the properties of starch and the physiochemical properties of starch-rich systems. She has experience as a CEO and part-owner of the start-up company Speximo AB, which won the national competition Venture Cup 2012.

LENA ÅSHEIM

FOUNDER/PART OWNER

Lena Åsheim is an entrepreneur active within food, bioenergy and agriculture. She has 30 years’ experience from leadership positions in companies, including as CEO for Lyckeby Stärkelsen and Sensient Flavors,  and as a consultant working with business development in a number of food companies in Sweden and abroad. Between 2005 and 2011, Lena was the CEO of Krinova Science Park. She has also had various roles in start-ups, and has sat on the boards of small and large companies, including public companies.

CHRISTINE WIDSTRAND

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Christine is the board representative from LU Holding AB, part owner of ViscoSens AB, where she has been employed since the start of 2009. She now has a position as vice CEO responsible for the LIFE Science portfolio. Christine has over fifteen years’ experience of research and development and holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from Lund University. With a background as a CEO and founder of several bioengineering companies, Christine has more than twenty years’ experience of business development and raising venture capital, international sales, licensing and quality management. She has many years’ experience as a board member and chair.

OLA OHLSSON

BOARD MEMBER

Ola is a board representative of Högskolan Holding, part owner in ViscoSens AB. Ola is a professor of medicine and specialist in internal medicine and heart disease. He was previously a consultant physician and clinical director of the accident and emergency department and the medical clinic at Kristianstad Central Hospital. Ola was the chair of the Kristianstad county medical products committee from 1982 and chair of Läkemedelsrådet Region Skåne 1999–2009. He currently holds a position as national coordinator and inspector for the specialist hospital training in internal medicine and has published around seventy scientific articles on internal medicine and cardiology.