About Us

Our Story

At Orphazyme we bring together world-class expertise and the latest research to develop treatments for protein misfolding diseases, including lysosomal storage diseases with neurological pathologies, and neurodegenerative disorders. These debilitating conditions are often rare and many have no existing treatments.

Orphazyme was founded in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Our work is focused on the cell-protective properties of the heat shock response. This natural defence mechanism can be stimulated to defend cells from a toxic accumulation of misfolded proteins or other waste products.

Degenerative diseases progressively deprive patients of opportunities, and in many cases, result in premature death. Orphazyme is developing technology with the potential to dramatically improve the lives of those suffering from a range of degenerative diseases which currently don’t have satisfactory treatments. Our lead therapy in development stimulates a heat shock protein response in cells experiencing stress. Heat shock proteins can stabilise and chaperone misfolded proteins inside the cells and stibilise lysosomes inside cells, alleviating the cellular stress.

When we began our company, our focus was on making a positive difference for patients with rare diseases with a high unmet need. In line with this, today we are working to create new therapeutic approaches for a number of different diseases, including Niemann-Pick type C, Gaucher’s disease, sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis (sIBM) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).



At Orphazyme we:

Care for people with rare diseases, and with diseases of a high unmet need

  Have a vision to delay or stop disease progression and make a dramatic improvement in the lives of patients


Advance world-class knowledge to build
on our expertise in heat shock protein response and lysosomal science

Work hard to conduct the most thorough, diligent research and bring results to the lives of patients as quickly and safely as possible  

  Work tirelessly to conduct the most thorough, diligent research and bring results to the lives of patients as quickly and safely as possible


Build powerful relationships with everyone connected to the diseases we are treating,
to learn from the wider community


OUR Mission

At Orphazyme we are dedicated to the development of paradigm-changing medicines to improve the lives of patients affected by diseases of protein misfolding. We are harnessing the power of heat shock protein therapy, and strive to bring together our expert knowledge and world-class meticulous research, to delay or halt disease progression and improve patient lives. We are expediting our patients’ access to treatment by designing smart clinical trials.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Anders Mørkeberg Hinsby, PhD

"I co-founded Orphazyme with the aim to use my skills and experience to make a meaningful difference to the lives of those suffering from rare diseases. Having completed a PhD in medicine and worked for over 10 years in the life sciences investment industry, I lead Orphazyme with a focus on striving for excellence in every facet of the company."

Chief Scientific Officer

Thomas Kirkegaard Jensen, PhD

"It’s my scientific research which forms the foundation of Orphazyme’s work. Having spent years wrestling cancer biology, one late night in 2007 I was looking down the microscope and realised that I had made a discovery that transcended cancer biology and could change the lives of patients suffering from a group of rare, devastating diseases. That's when I decided to found Orphazyme; to use my knowledge and skills to bring a novel therapy to patients suffering from rare diseases."

Chief Financial Officer

Anders Vadsholt

“I bring successful orphan product approval experience and insight in late stage development. My area of expertise is private and public financing, prudent financial management and deal making. I’m excited about Orphazyme’s technology and anticipate our lead product will be commercially available within a few years.”

Chief Medical Officer

Thomas Blaettler, MD

"As the CMO of Orphazyme I am thrilled to advance our programme in diseases that today have no or very limited treatment options and that inevitably lead to disability and in most cases to death. I build on my experience in clinical neurology and drug development to advance our ambitious clinical programme. My areas of expertise include neurology, psychiatry and rare diseases, and I’ve lead development programmes for new drugs from phase I to phase III."

OUR Team



Chair (Independent)

Georges Gemayel

  • Currently, Chairman of the Board of Enterome and Oxthera
  • Director at Dimension Therapeutics, Momenta, Supernus and Raptor Pharmaceuticals
  • Previously, General Manager at Roche Portugal; Vice Presidentat Specialty Care Roche US; Executive Vice President at Genzyme; CEO of Altus; Director of Adolor, NPS, Epitherapeutics and Prosensa; Executive Chairman at FoldRx and Syndexa


Bo Jesper Hansen

  • Executive Chairman of the board at public company Swedish Orphan Biovitrum
  • Founder of Scandinavian Medical Research through which he contracted as a medical advisor for Pfizer, Yamanouchi and Synthelabo
  • Various executive positions in Swedish Orphan International AB since 1993 (CEO in the period 1998-2010)
  • Board member of Ablynx, Newron, CMC and Karolinska Development AB (Chairman)

Martijn Kleijwegt

  • Currently a Managing Partner and founder of LSP. His prime focus and responsibility within LSP is to invest in unlisted securities and the general management of the firm
  • Board member of Kiadis Pharma, Orphazyme, Oxthera and Pharvaris
  • Prior to establishing LSP, Martijn ran another investment firm where he was responsible for investments in the healthcare sector
  • Among others, Martijn served as a Director of Prosensa (NL, IPO 2013, sold to Biomarin), Movetis (BEL, IPO in 2009, sold to Shire), Crucell (NL, IPO in 2000, sold to Johnson & Johnson), Rhein Biotech (NL, IPO in 1999, sold to Berna Biotech), and Qiagen (GER, IPO in 1996)


Martin Bonde

  • CEO Vaccibody AS
  • Serial entrepreneur. Founded and managed several companies in Denmark and USA (EpiTherapeutics ApS, NatImmune A/S, Arpida A/S, Combio A/S, CelTor Inc., Torsana Biosensor)
  • Fronted several successful exits over the last decade (e.g. EpiTherapeutics ApS to Gilead, NatImmune A/S to IPC; Combio A/S to Arpida AG; and Torsana Biosensor A/S to Celtor Inc)
  • Experience heading out-licensing, acquisitions, in-licensing etc.

Martin Kornum

  • Co-founder of Orphazyme
  • Currently: European Patent Attorney at Coloplast A/S, Denmark
  • Previously, Patent Agent at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, San Francisco

Nanna Luneborg

  • Principal, Novo Ventures
  • Member of the board of directors of E3Bio, Glionova, Inthera, ObsEva and Orphazyme
  • Spent four years with Novo Seeds, building a strong portfolio of seed and Series A stage companies, before joining Novo Ventures in 2016
  • Previously: Apposite Capital
  • PhD in Neuroscience from University College London, an MBA with distinction from University of Cambridge, and a 1st class BA from University of Oxford

Patrick Krol

  • Managing Partner of Aescap Venture
  • Serves on the BoDs of Orphazyme ApS and Shire Pharmaceuticals International Licensing
  • Serves on the supervisory boards of i-Optics, to-BBB, and f-star
  • Founder and Managing Director of Firm United Healthcare and co-founder of the two healthcare ventures Interactive Healthcare and the Healthcare Management School; Previously, Director of Healthcare of Fleishman-Hillard, UK
  • Visiting teacher at the business school of the University of Wageningen, NL

Remi Droller

  • Managing Partner of Kurma Partners
  • Currently: MS in molecular biology (Paris VI University) and MS in finance and Innovation Management (Masternova – AgroPariTech). Rémi joined Kurma in September 2010. He was previously with CDC Innovation from 2000 to 2003 and with AGF Private Equity (now Idinvest Partners) from 2003 to 2010 where he was in charge of the development of the Life Sciences investment activities. During this period, Rémi served on the board of several investee companies such as Adocia, Bioalliance Pharma (listed on Euronext), Domain Therapeutics, Integragen (listed on Alternext), Novagali Pharma (listed on Euronext), Prosensa and Zeland Pharma.

Sten Verland

  • Partner and co-founder at Sunstone Capital A/S
  • Serves on the BoD of Orphazyme ApS, Zymenex A/S (chairman), Action Pharma A/S (chairman), F2G Ltd., Scanbur A/S, StemCare A/S, and Vaximm AG
  • Serial biotech entrepreneur. Has been involved in the start-up and management of several companies including Synarc Inc., M&B A/S (now Taconic Europe), and StemCare A/S
  • Previously: VP General Manager Europe at Synarc, Inc.; CEO and co-owner at M&B A/S
  • Postdoctoral fellow and Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of Copenhagen


Novo Ventures

Novo A/S, the holding company in the Novo Group, was established prior to the demerger of Novo Nordisk A/S in 2000. Novo A/S is a private limited liability company fully owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Besides being the majority shareholder in Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S, Novo A/S provides seed capital (through Novo Seeds), venture capital (through Novo Ventures), and growth capital (through Novo Growth Equity) to development stage companies within life science and biotechnology. Novo A/S also manages a broad portfolio of financial assets.

Sunstone Capital

Sunstone Capital is an independent venture capital investor founded in 2007 by an international team of industry experts with combined entrepreneurial, operational and financial experience. Sunstone Capital focuses on developing and expanding early-stage Life Science and Technology companies with strong potential to achieve global success in their markets. Sunstone Capital currently manages four Life Science funds and three Technology funds. Within Life Science, Sunstone Life Science Ventures has invested in more than 35 companies in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical technologies and diagnostics, and has completed several successful exits and IPOs. Managing total funds of EUR 693 million, Sunstone Capital is one of the largest and most active European venture capital investors.

Aescap Venture

Aescap Venture is a venture capital company investing in private medical companies in Europe. Aescap Venture has a long-term investment horizon and invests in high-potential companies. This involves investments in all phases of development with an emphasis on earlier stages. Aescap Venture's added value is based on a multi-disciplinary team of experienced investment partners with proven track records of success and the skills to coach entrepreneurs in accelerating the growth of their companies.

Kurma Partners

Kurma Partners is a key European player in the financing of Innovation in Healthcare and Biotechnology, from pre-seed to growth capital, notably through Kurma Biofund I and II, and strategic partnerships with prestigious European research and medical institutions. Kurma Biofund II is the first Venture Capital fund dedicated to financing innovation in the rare diseases space.


LSP is an independent European investment firm, providing financing for private and public life sciences companies. LSP’s mission is to connect investors to inventors, focusing on unmet medical needs. Since the late 1980s, LSP’s management has invested in about 100 innovative enterprises, many of which have grown to become leaders of the global life sciences industry. With over €1 billion of investment capital raised to date and offices in Amsterdam, Munich and Boston, LSP is one of Europe’s leading life sciences investors. The LSP Health Economics Fund invests in innovative products that can increase the quality of health care, while reducing the cost of care.


The ALS Investment Fund supports and finances biotech companies that develop drugs and diagnostics for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Fund was initiated by 3 Dutch ALS patients and is supported by a top-tier European VC firm, Life Sciences Partners. The ALS Investment Fund invests globally, but focuses on Europe and the US. The fund brings depth of disease-specific knowledge and a deep network in the space.