Director, CNS research

Sebastian Illes

Sebastian joined Cellectricon in 2018 as director for the company’s CNS research services. Prior to joining Cellectricon, he held a position at Gothenburg University, Sweden, where he and his team conducted research on neural development, neuroinflammation and neuronal circuit function. Previously, Sebastian was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Regenerative Medicine (PMU, Salzburg, Austria) and a guest researcher at the Natural and Medical Science Institute, Reutlingen, Germany. He did his PhD at the neurology department at the Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf, Germany.
CSO & Director, chronic pain research

Paul Karila

Paul joined the company in 2012 as head of Cellectricon’s Discovery Services. He previously worked at AstraZeneca (AZ) where he held leadership positions at the Departments of Molecular Pharmacology and Neuroscience. At AZ, Paul led teams responsible for target identification/target validation and ion channel and GPCR profiling in LI-LO phase, mainly on analgesia targets. Prior to joining AZ, Paul was a Postdoctoral Fellow at School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA, studying neurobiology using electrophysiological methods. He has a PhD in animal physiology from University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
COO

Johan Pihl

Johan joined Cellectricon in 2005 and has been in R&D and commercial positions at the company. He was involved in the development of Cellectricon’s microfluidics-based platforms and managed the development of Cellectricon’s optical electrophysiology platform. In addition to the COO position, Johan is responsible for developing Cellectricon’s internal technology platform for discovery services. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, and is the author and co-author of a number of scientific publications and patents.
CFO

Kristina Hillskär

Kristina was appointed CFO of Cellectricon in 2016. She has over 25 years of experience from similar positions, operating in both large and small corporate groups. Prior to joining Cellectricon, Kristina has worked in auditing, wholesale, and finance in different roles as accounting manager and CFO.
CEO

Mattias Karlsson

Mattias was involved in founding Cellectricon and joined the company on a full-time basis in 2003 as VP R&D to develop the product portfolio. He has contributed to the company with most of the patents and the conceptual work to define products from existing IP. Prior to his position of Chief Executive Officer at Cellectricon he was responsible for marketing and sales activities as VP Business Development. Mattias has a PhD in chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and a MSc in analytical chemistry from Gothenburg University.