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Interview with Fredrika Carlsson
Fredrika Carlsson is Project Director for the development of SYN002. In this interview, she provides her insights into working on SYN002 in Synklino.
What is your role at Synklino?
“My primary focus is to lead the team and run the SYN002 project according to the development plans and to Synklino’s business objectives. While managing the project, I take part in scientific work, strategic discussions and present to our board of directors. We are a young company, which gives a lot of flexibility and variation in my daily work.”
Could you tell us about your career journey prior to joining Synklino?
“I completed my masters and PhD at Lund University. My PhD focus was on developing antibodies against one of the surface proteins of cytomegalovirus. I subsequently moved to California to complete a post-doctorate at Scripps Research Institute and at the University of Southern California. After living in the States from 2012 to 2017, I moved back to Sweden to work at Alligator Bioscience as a senior scientist in microbiology, project leader for two early preclinical projects and team leader under the department of research operations with a team of seven people.”
How is it to be working on developing SYN002?
“It’s exciting and challenging. We are developing a first-in-class drug, which means that we must move beyond of what we know, especially when designing preclinical studies. We need to work in a cross-functional manner, for everyone to put their knowledge into the project in order to move forward.”
Can you describe your experience of working at a young biotech firm versus a well-established biotech firm?
“I enjoy being able to work with the whole organisation. As an emerging biotech company, everyone is dependent on one another, from our colleagues in the lab, to the management team and the board. That is something you wouldn’t really see at a larger company, where you are expected to fill out a very specific role.”
» I enjoy being able to work with the whole organisation. As an emerging biotech company, everyone is dependent on one another, from our colleagues in the lab, to the management team and the board. That is something you wouldn’t really see at a larger company.
— Frederica Carlsson, Project director for SYN002 at Synklino
How is working in Copenhagen, while living in Sweden? In terms of work culture and flexibility.
“Living in Lund and commuting to Copenhagen works well. I work from home two days a week and commute to the office the other three days. With kids and family, you have to plan a bit ahead, and that works well with the flexible work environment at Synklino.”
“In terms of work culture, Sweden and Denmark differ to some extent, in my opinion. Swedes have a consensus-based decision-making process. Danes seem to have a faster process and then adjust along the way if needed. In the end, the same goals are reached just in different ways. I like to think I bring parts of the Swedish model to Synklino, while also learning from the Danes. A more diverse workforce is only positive, in terms of ideas, management and success.”