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New biotech Roxiant to tackle age-related diseases

Pharmacosmos heir Andreas Christensen, who recently founded the biotech company Roxiant, will use a protein found in people who live for an exceptionally long time to treat age-related diseases, and its first target is Huntington's disease.

Andreas Christensen has left his family's company Pharmacosmos to become CEO in the biotech business Roxiant. | Photo: Roxiant / PR

Andreas Christensen flew the nest last year, leaving Pharmacosmos, which was founded by his paternal grandfather Henry Christensen and is still run by the family, to start biotech firm Roxiant.

He still has prominent backing, however, in the form of ALK boss Rasmus Just, who is chair of the board of Roxiant, and Kasper Gubba Ørtenblad, who is a familiar face in Danish biotech. He has taken on the role of director of operations, and a handful of other medtech and pharma players are joining the team.

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