Karin M. Hehenberger

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Karin M. Hehenberger
Education M.D., Ph.D.[1]
Alma mater Karolinska Institutet
Occupation Physician, Business Executive
Known for Diabetes Expert
Website lyfebulb.com

Karin M. Hehenberger, M.D., Ph.D. is a Swedish physician, investor, business executive, and diabetes expert,[2] known for her work in the field of biotechnology.[3] She has written numerous articles on biotechnology that have been published in peer review journals and worked as an executive for different biotechnology companies and investment firms. She is a faculty member in the department of Molecular Medicine at the Karolinska Institute where she also obtained her M.D. and a Ph.D. in molecular medicine.[1] She has lectured on the topics of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, molecular medicine and industry challenges as well as provided commentary for Fox News,[4] Good Morning America Health, New York One,[5] the USA Today[2] and Forbes.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Hehenberger is originally from Sweden and played for the Swedish National tennis team.[7] At the age of 16, she was playing tennis internationally when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, ending her tennis career. Her experience with diabetes led her to pursue a career fighting autoimmune diseases.[7] Hehenberger attended the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where she earned her M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular medicine.[1] She went on to a post-doctoral fellowship with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School.[8]

In 2009, she received a kidney transplant from her father, after her kidneys had less than 10 percent total capacity, and in 2010 she received a transplanted cadaver pancreas. The kidney surgery saved her from needing dialysis, while the pancreas surgery rendered her free of diabetes, no longer needing to inject insulin.[1]


Hehenberger's career has been spent both in research and on the business side of medicine. She began her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she consulted on projects relating to healthcare, with an emphasis on diabetes. Hehenberger was also a senior analyst at two multi-billion dollar hedgefunds in the U.S. and Europe, and a partner in a venture capital firm in Europe, gaining experience in public and private equity.[9][1] She was also a member of the senior management team for Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, which she helped take public in 2004.[10][8]

Hehenberger was also previously the Vice President of Metabolic Strategy and Business Development at Johnson & Johnson.[8] She led the Johnson & Johnson Metabolic Task Force and was responsible for developing the company's strategies for its metabolic disease efforts. She joined the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in December 2009 as its Senior Vice President for Strategic Alliances. Following her time at the JDRF, Hehenberger served as the Executive Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Chief Medical Officer[11] at Coronado Biosciences, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company that develops immunotherapy biologic agents for autoimmune diseases and cancer.[12] During her career, she has written articles in peer review journals and has also been a panelist for medical conferences, including BioEurope, MassBio, BioCEO,[13] Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, BioPharm America[14] and the Swedish-American Life Science Summit.[6][15]

Select publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Aven, Las (16 September 2011). "Fruktad sjukdom nara ta mitt liv". Dagensps.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Weintraub, Karen (30 July 2013). "Diabetes drug metformin proves useful for other problems". USA Today. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Khan, Amir (22 September 2013). "Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise For Treating Type 1 Diabetes". Everyday Health. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Doyle, Jessica Ryen (12 December 2012). "Scientists aim to treat autoimmune diseases with worm-based therapy". Fox News. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Billups, Erin (7 August 2013). "Parasitic Worm May Be Answer To Fighting Autoimmune Disease". NY1. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Marcial, Gene (18 September 2013). "Regenerative Medicine, Global Aging Were Hot Topics At Life Science Conference in Stockholm". Forbes. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Leach, Chris (25 April 2013). "The Hygiene Hypothesis: Too Clean for Our Own Good?". Insulin Nation. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Workaholic who braked at the last moment". Kiberaproduction (in Swedish). Google Translate. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Karin Hehenberger ny Senior Investment Director pa SLS Venture". Cision (in Swedish). 3 October 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Coronado Biosciences Promotes Karin Hehenberger to Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer". Coronado Biosciences. Global Newswire. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Haskell, Lindsay (11 March 2013). "Interview with Dr. Hehenberger of Coronado Biosciences – Using worms to treat diabetes". Information About Diabetes. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Seiffert, Don (22 February 2013). "Coronado to pay up to $5.85M in research, licensing deal". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "BioPharm America 2012 program features industry's biggest names providing insight on doing better deals" (Press release). EBD Group. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Resende, Patricia (14 September 2012). "Bio cluster prepares for BioPharm America 2012". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Hidalgo, Anneli (22 August 2013). "Addressing Aging at SALSS". Nordic Life Science. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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