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About us

Pro Test Diagnostics AB is an Umeå-based privately-owned company that is developing a blood doping test to reveal athletes who, by means of blood transfusions, have increased their performance ability. The Pro Test Diagnostics test is based on unique research at Umeå University, which has been developed with business and product development support from Umeå Biotech Incubator and Fort Knox, a family-owned Umeå based investor focusing on unique entrepreneurs.   Substantial support has also come from WADA and VINNOVA.

The Pro Test Diagnostics team
Pro Test Diagnostics team. From left to right: Christer Malm, Irene Granlund, Nelson Khoo, Anders Mannelqvist and Raik Wagner.
Proof of our market lead has been published by others (Salamin et al. 2016) and our group (Malm et al. 2016), showing that no test on the market can detect autologous blood doping. The concept of detection in our test, is based on the measurements of unique biomarkers for long-term freeze storage of red blood cells, a method not successfully applied by others. Pro Test Diagnostics AB has taken a clear market lead in the fight against blood doping, as no other product has reached the market. This lead is manifested by the national and international media attention, where the novelty of the product is highlighted, even in the New York Times.

Our mission: To provide WADA accredited laboratories and private laboratories with easy to use, reliable, diagnostic anti-doping test kits for autologous blood doping, to promote fair and clean competitions.

Our vision: The company’s vision is to by 2025 be the dominating choice for test kit and test methods for autologous blood doping, supporting anti-doping organizations and test laboratories (WADA and private labs).

Our Product: A test kit that allows the detection of autologous blood doping, specially developed for reliability and easy to use in accredited test laboratories.

Scientifc Team

PhD (Co-owner) CSO of Pro Test Diagnostics. Responsible for clinical trails, design and statistical analysis. Inventor of method and founder. Christer Malm is a professor at the Department of Sports Medicine (Umeå University). He has been a mid-distance runner at the national level and trained in the United States before returning to Sweden to begin his graduate studies in Karolinska Institute with Prof. Björn Ekblom. His interests in sports and science have given Professor Malm a purpose to focus on sports physiology and performance enhancement practices in organized sports. Dr. Malm found that the bioanalytical tools today can provide an advantage to find and develop new test that can be used to monitor athletes for fair and safe competitions for all ages. Professor Malm is a sought after expert in the area and recognized by research awards from WADA and the Swedish Sports Association. He is also an expert member in the Swedish Anti-Doping Association scientific board. In addition, Professor Malm is the company face to the stakeholders drawing his reputation in the field of sports physiology. He is also a sitting member on the Swedish Anti-doping Medical Advisory Board.

PhD (Co-owner). COO. Responsible for analysis design, product development and optimization of analyses. Dr. Nelson Khoo  has over 10+ years of management and business development experience. Dr. Khoo has consulted and managed projects covering immunology, molecular biology, cancer, diabetes, developmental biology and diagnostic development. Dr. Khoo’s other experiences include development of university core facility and has co-founded a global professional society. Dr. Khoo helped start several companies (Sweden and Netherlands) and sits or have sat on the board of directors of several startups. Dr. Khoo has an Honours B.Sc. degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), as well as a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Western Ontario (Canada). Dr. Khoo is a serial entrepreneur, co-inventor on several patent applications, and 16+ peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Irene Granlund
Dr. Irene Granlund
Sr. Technical Specialist & MS Lab Services

PhD (Co-owner) Protein chemist responsible for MS/MS analyses. Logistic responsibility for testing and analysis. Dr. Granlund has been tasked with documentation and recording the collection of samples from the clinical studies. She has been the key contact with the clinical laboratory performing the blood transfusions into volunteer subjects. She has also been responsible for the preparation of the samples and running the analysis on the instruments with our employees and collaborators. Dr Granlund is a protein scientist and analyst and has been instrumental in the development methods to analyse various biological samples. Dr. Granlund has brought her attention to detail and expertise to the first of its kind product for autologous blood doping detection in sports anti-doping efforts to maintain clean sports competition.

Dr. Raik Wagner
Dr. Raik Wagner
Sr. Technical MS Specialist

PhD in Plant Physiology at the Institute of Plant Physiology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Jena, Germany). Dr. Wagner focused during his Postdoc at the Institute of Chemistry at Umeå University on proteases and their effects on proteomes by a variety of gel-based and gel-free mass spectrometric proteome discovery methods. Dr Wagners core functionalities at Pro Test Diagnostics are method development, creation of standard operating procedures, and quality control of the product and its components,

Johan Jakobsson
Johan Jakobsson
Research Assistant

M.Sc. in Sports Medicine at the Section of Sports Medicine, Umeå University (Umeå, Sweden) and M.Sc. in Sports Science with emphasis on exercise physiology, at Swedish School of Sport Sciences (Stockholm, Sweden). Johan is a recreational endurance athlete and former cross-country skier with a great interest in sports physiology and anti-doping. Therefore, the issue with blood doping in sports lies close to his heart. At Pro Test Diagnostics Johan is working with collection of blood samples and the management of participants as well as performing physical tests and assists in the laboratory.

Johan is also a research assistant at the Section of Sports Medicin at Umeå University where he, together with Prof. Malm, conducts research in various Sport Science fields, including resistance training and the muscle proteome. For his Master's thesis, Johan investigated the lactate kinetics during cross-country skiing.

Management

PhD in Physics, CEO, Olympic participant and former member of the Swedish Biathlon team with two World Cup race wins. After his athletic career Dr. Mannelqvist has been part of the management team at two midsized Swedish companies with focus on R&D, business management, project management and business development.

PhD (Co-owner). COO. Responsible for analysis design, product development and optimization of analyses. Dr. Nelson Khoo  has over 10+ years of management and business development experience. Dr. Khoo has consulted and managed projects covering immunology, molecular biology, cancer, diabetes, developmental biology and diagnostic development. Dr. Khoo’s other experiences include development of university core facility and has co-founded a global professional society. Dr. Khoo helped start several companies (Sweden and Netherlands) and sits or have sat on the board of directors of several startups. Dr. Khoo has an Honours B.Sc. degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), as well as a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Western Ontario (Canada). Dr. Khoo is a serial entrepreneur, co-inventor on several patent applications, and 16+ peer-reviewed publications.

PhD (Co-owner) CSO of Pro Test Diagnostics. Responsible for clinical trails, design and statistical analysis. Inventor of method and founder. Christer Malm is a professor at the Department of Sports Medicine (Umeå University). He has been a mid-distance runner at the national level and trained in the United States before returning to Sweden to begin his graduate studies in Karolinska Institute with Prof. Björn Ekblom. His interests in sports and science have given Professor Malm a purpose to focus on sports physiology and performance enhancement practices in organized sports. Dr. Malm found that the bioanalytical tools today can provide an advantage to find and develop new test that can be used to monitor athletes for fair and safe competitions for all ages. Professor Malm is a sought after expert in the area and recognized by research awards from WADA and the Swedish Sports Association. He is also an expert member in the Swedish Anti-Doping Association scientific board. In addition, Professor Malm is the company face to the stakeholders drawing his reputation in the field of sports physiology. He is also a sitting member on the Swedish Anti-doping Medical Advisory Board.

The Board

The board of Pro Test Diagnostics AB

Board of Directors. From left, Christer Malm, Anders Blom, Martin Gunhaga and Birgitta Gunneflo.

Prof. Christer Malm, D.O.B 1968, PhD at the Dep. of Physiology and Pharmacology Karolinska Institute; Professor at the Department of Sports Medicine; former mid-distance runner at the national level and trained in the United States. Upon return to Sweden Christer studied under the supervision of Prof. Björn Ekblom (a pioneer in the doping detection science). His interests in sports and science have given him a purpose to focus on sports physiology and performance enhancement practices in organized sports. He is the inventor of the methodology and an enthusiastic physiologist.

Anders Blom, D.O.B 1953. Chairman of the company. Anders has held management positions in a variety of companies and organisations such as Med. Tech, Solar energy, welfare, investment /venture capital, business development and business sustainability programs. Through his career Anders has board experiences from more than 50 assignments. Anders is leading the board work and is active in the company issues concerning business strategies, organisation and finance.

Birgitta Gunneflo, D.O.B 1957, Birgitta has held senior positions in diagnostics, medical technology, medical devices, elderly care and consumer-related products within healthcare, pharmacy, logistics and distribution partnership sectors including as CEO of Kronans Droghandel, Invacare and Stockholm Borgerskap. She also has significant experience in global marketing as International Marketing Director for Pharmacia Diagnostics and Johnson & Johnson. Birgitta is responsible for the company’s contacts with distributors and pharmacy chains.

Martin Gunhaga, D.O.B 1976, CIO at Fort Knox Förvaring AB, a family owned private equity firm with a portfolio of some 25 companies. Before joining Fort Knox in 2011, Martin was Head of Advisory Asset Management and Equity Trading at Handelsbanken Northern Sweden. Fort Knox invest in entrepreneurs who´s aim is to be a local world champion. Local representing the context in which you operate, and world class representing doing your thing better than anyone else. In that sense, Pro Test Diagnostics is spot on, solving a worldwide problem with curiosity, knowledge, persistence and never-been-done-before technology.