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About Adcendo

Adcendo ApS is a Copenhagen-based biotech company dedicated to developing antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for treatment of cancer. We are taking the ADC approach to new levels through a focus on cancer-associated targets that are professional internalizers and allow for superior selectivity via highly preferential cancer expression.

Our name, Adcendo, reflects this strategy of targeting ADCs to specialized endocytic receptors.
Our first target, uPARAP/endo180, reflects these characteristics, providing an efficient entry point for an ADC type drug into target-positive cancer cells, working essentially as a drug internalization pump to further enhance a targeted effect.
Adcendo was founded in 2017 as a spin-out from The University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet by scientists Niels Behrendt, Lars Henning Engelholm and Christoffer Nielsen from The Finsen Laboratory, together with biotech entrepreneur Henrik Stage.
Adcendo has been part of BioInnovation Institute’s Creation House Program from mid 2019 until closing of series A financing in April 2021.

Meet adcendo


Michael Pehl

Michael Pehl joined ADCendo as Chief Executive Officer in June 2021. Michael has over 25 years of international biotechnology and oncology leadership experience in both the US and Europe.

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Henrik Stage
Co-founder & CFO

Henrik Stage is an experienced biotech-entrepreneur, active in several biotech companies, and was previously CEO/CFO of Santaris Pharma which was acquired by Roche in 2014.

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Christoffer Nielsen
PhD, Co-founder & COO

Christoffer F. Nielsen got his PhD in nanomedicine from the iNANO center at Aarhus University in 2012, having worked on development of methods for antibody-mediated delivery …

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Scientific co-founders

Lars Henning Engelholm
PhD & Co-founder

Lars H. Engelholm got his PhD in biochemistry from University of Copenhagen in 2001, and today he is a group leader at The Finsen Laboratory. Already early in his career …

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Niels Behrendt
PhD, DSc & Co-founder

Niels Behrendt is a Doctor of Science and PhD from the University of Copenhagen. He has been active in cancer research for more than 20 years and has particular expertise …

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Team members

Jette Lange
PhD & Senior scientific project manager

Sander van Putten
PhD & Senior scientific project manager

Ida Gregersen & Research Scientist

Christoffer Flyger & Student Helper

Board of Directors

John Haurum
M.D., D.Phil. & Chair

John Haurum is a Non-executive Director in European biotech companies: Adcendo, Agomab, CatalYm, Neophore, Storm, Synact, Synklino …

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Jeroen Bakker
PhD – Novo

Jeroen Bakker is currently a Principal at Novo Holdings and is part of the Novo Seeds team focusing on company creation and early-stage financings …

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Joël Jean-Mariet
PhD – Ysios Capital

Joël Jean-Mariet is managing partner and co-founder of Ysios Capital. Previously, he co-founded Glycart Biotechnology in 2001 and was its CEO until it was …

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Rez Halse
PhD – RA Capital

Rez Halse is a Partner, RA Ventures at RA Capital Management. Rez’s primary responsibility is to lead early-stage private investments in, and …

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Mårten Steen
MD PhD – HealthCap

Mårten Steen is a partner of HealthCap. Previously, he has worked with business development at Merck Serono focusing on both product and technology …

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Sanne de Jongh
MSc – Gilde Healthcare

Sanne de Jongh is Investment Manager at Gilde Healthcare, where she focuses on the firms’ investment activities in the biopharmaceutical sector. She …

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Lars H. Engelholm
PhD – Founder director

Lars H. Engelholm got his PhD in biochemistry from University of Copenhagen in 2001, and today he is a group leader at The Finsen Laboratory. Already early …

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Contact information

For all inquiries, please contact adcendo via the e-mail address