A spearhead in medical science

The largest biobank for family saving of stem cells in Scandinavia. The biobank is approved by Swedish authorities and is an important part of the global stem cell research.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help parents to save the stem cells from their newborn baby - for the baby, the family and the potential future medical use.

Our Vision

We want all expectant parents to be aware of that birth is a unique opportunity to save stem cells. The stem cells are collected after the baby has been born and the umbilical cord is cut, no intervention is needed, we simply use a rest product.

We believe that cell therapy will play an important role in future healthcare and medical treatments. This is why we anticipate that access to your own stem cells will become very valuable. In parallel to the establishment of the biobank for family savings of stem cells, we are also conducting stem cell research and developing stem cell therapies.

The History of Cellaviva

The story behind Cellaviva starts with Mathias Svahn, a doctoral student in gene therapy and expectant father. In 2006, Mathias was still a PhD student and his wife was expecting his first child.

Today, umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used to treat about 80 life-threatening diseases, such as leukaemia and rare hereditary blood disorders. About umbilical cord blood transplants have been carried out in the world. And internationally, families have been offered the opportunity to save stem cells from newborns, for decades. But in 2006, it did not exist in Sweden, the only solution for Mathias was to collect and store stem cells by himself.

When he heard that one of his lab colleagues recently worked at a foreign stem cells clinic, he asked him to share the knowledge about how the collection and freezing should be done. Then he defied his fear of needles and brought the equipment to the maternity clinic. After the baby was born, Mathias hurried to the lab to prepare the blood for the next 8 hours while his wife and daughter were waiting at a patient hotel.

"The purpose of saving stem cells is not the saving itself, but rather saving them to be able to use them in the future. My ambition has always been to participate in the process of developing new therapies”, says Mathias Svahn.

The incentive to inform other parents about the potential of stem cells from the cord tissue and cord blood, and the dream of helping others grew. In 2014 he founded Cellaviva, along with Edward Smith, Hans-Peter Ekre and Lena Degling Wikingsson with financial support from Diamyd Medical. With a mission to increase parents’ awareness about stem cells and the possibility to save them for the future.

 

The Management Team

The founders and leaders of Cellaviva are experienced stem cell researchers and doctors. We act in close cooperation with the authorities, health professionals and medical research. Our employees have a long and unique experience from cell therapy.

Mathias Svahn

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mathias Svahn is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Cellaviva, he has the overall responsibility. Mathias has a Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Karolinska Institutet, M.Sc. in molecular biotechnology from Uppsala University and postgraduate studies at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. He has experience from the health care business as Medical Manager and has also managed the coordination of major academic projects at KI, Karolinska Institutet.

Edvard Smith

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Chief Medical Officer Edvard Smith is one of the founders of Cellaviva and medically responsible for the company. He is a specialist in clinical immunology since 1984. Since 2000 he is also professor of molecular genetics at the Karolinska Institutet and senior physician at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. Edvard’s main research area is hereditary immunodeficiency diseases. He established the first unit of the gene and, later, cell therapy medicinal products in accordance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) at the Karolinska Institute. Since its inauguration in 1996, he has been Medical Director. Edvard also founded and ran the cell therapy company Avaris AB, which developed projects into clinical development. In addition, he has published over 400 scientific articles.

Sofie Falk Jansson

MARKETING AND SALES DIRECTOR

Sofie Falk Jansson is responsible for developing and implementing the commercial strategy at Cellaviva. This includes all external communication and contacts with representatives from press, as well as, partners and customers. Sofie is also in charge of the development of our product portfolio, brand and the service offered to our customers.

Cellaviva's midwives

Cellaviva's nationwide team of midwives are experts in stem cell collection and we are available around the clock for our clients. We are responsible for collecting stem cells throughout Denmark and in southern Sweden, customer service and answering questions from future parents who wish to have their child's stem cells collected at birth. Cellaviva's midwives work on a foundation of values ​​that puts personal contact with future parents, ethics and quality at the forefront.

Sofi "Fia" Larsson

Healthcare Professional and Stem Cell Collector

Fia is a nurse with several years of experience in the profession. In the recent years she has worked with maternity care at BB Stockholm and prior to that worked in elderly care.

Sara Olsson

Healthcare Professional and Stem Cell Collector

Sara is a nurse with several years of experience in the profession. The last 11 years she has worked with maternity care at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna.

Eva Dahlström

Healthcare Professional and Stem Cell Collector

Eva is a nurse with several years of experience in the profession. The last 6 years she has worked with maternity care at BB Stockholm.

Marianne "Majsan" Norman

Healthcare Professional and Stem Cell Collector

Majsan is a nurse with several years of experience in the profession. The last 10 years she has worked with maternity care at BB Stockholm.

Henriette Madsen

Country Manager & Midwife

I am the midwife in charge at Cellaviva and I am passionate about making your pregnancy pathway as safe and good as possible. I have a great deal of experience in almost all areas within my profession and not least with the collection of stem cells. I am passionate about spreading awareness of the possibility of storing stem cells from your child's birth, as I see stem cell research as a revolution all pregnant women in Denmark must have the opportunity to decide on.

 

I love my work as a midwife and will do everything for you to get through pregnancy, birth and maternity. I would like to tell you about everything you need in connection with your pregnancy and the stem cells from the umbilical cord. What the stem cells of your child's umbilical cord can be used for how they are collected and everything else you want to know about it. I will be happy to take the phone if you call to know more about what we can help with at 89 88 02 88.

Mianne Christensen

Country Manager & Midwife

I am the midwife in charge at Cellaviva and I have been working with pregnant and delivering babies for a number of years and also have years of experience in working with the collection of stem cells and the contact with future parents who are considering or have decided to ensure that the family has their own repository of stem cells for possible treatment in the future.

 

Cellaviva is for me the epitome of ethics, closeness, quality and professionalism. I was therefore not in doubt when I was given the opportunity, together with Cellaviva, to give prospective parents throughout Denmark the opportunity to have collected and stored stem cells at birth. I hope I can help disseminate information on stem cells from the umbilical cord, so that all future parents, on a well-informed basis, can decide whether they want to make this investment for the future of the family.

 

Telephone: 89 88 02 88

Susanne Garm

Midwife

I have been a midwife for 7 years and have great interest in births and for the good birth experience. In addition, I am passionate about the complicated pregnancy and therefore work in the pharyngeal atria at Aarhus Universitets Hospital.

 

In my interest in stem cells, I am constantly amazed at how much stem cell treatment can mean in the future. I wish that stem cells and the collection of these at birth is something everyone knows about and can decide whether it is something they want to know more about.

Carina Grønkjær

Midwife

I have been working as a midwife for the last 6 years with midwifery consultation, births at home and at the maternity ward. For me, the most important thing in the job is that the woman and her partner are supported in finding their way to becoming a family. Before, during and after birth. To support them in making an individual choice based on knowledge and their own sense of belief for what is right for them and their newborn child. In addition, I think that research within stem cells is particularly interesting, as it will help us gain ever greater access to new knowledge about the many good properties of stem cells.

Susanne Krogh

Midwife

I became a midwife in 1985 and live on Funen with my boyfriend Anders and a lovely dog, Molly. I have experience as midwife from small and large maternity wards in Denmark, Norway and Greenland and work in all corners of the clinic.

 

I have vast experience within the stem cell field. For 15 years, I have been contributing to spreading knowledge and collecting stem cells from the umbilical cord.

It is important to spread the knowledge about stem cells - I am convinced that they will have a huge impact on the treatment of diseases. We are only at the beginning!

Sarah Sommer

Midwife

I have been a midwife since 2012 and have worked with delivering babies, pregnancy and maternity, as well as working on midwifery consultation and birth preparation. Birth preparation has mainly targeted English-speaking families.

 

In the spring of 2019, I completed a Master's in Educational Psychology where the focus is on work environment and employee well-being.

 

My clear opinion is that happy midwives give happy families who feel heard, well-informed and safe.

In addition, I think stem cell research is extremely relevant and I am delighted to be able to follow developments so closely, knowing that we are part of Cellaviva's team.