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John Sjölund is the CEO and co-founder of Patients Pending Ltd, a company created to help build innovative products for those with chronic conditions, in particular diabetes. John has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of four and, in 2009, gathered a team to create Timesulin, the company’s first product, aiming to help solve daily anxiety in an easy-to-use way.
In his role as CEO, John is responsible for global distribution partnerships and strategic management of the executive and non-executive teams. An accomplished strategist and marketer, John also acts as spokesperson for the Timesulin brand, is an international speaker on the topic of living with diabetes and serves as a Faculty member for the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leaders Program, which aims to empowers young people living with diabetes across the globe to become leaders within their fields through mentorship and a series of global events. In this capacity John was recently recognised as a Outstanding Young Person of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.
Prior to founding Timesulin John was employed by Acceleration, a leading provider of digital marketing services such as systems integration and technology services for the digital marketing, publishing and advertising industries. Between 2005 and 2010 John moved between their offices in Cape Town, New York and London and his portfolio included some of the biggest consumer and business brands in the world.
John has completed the worlds longest cross-country ski race, the largest organised bicycle race in the world, New York half-marathon and multiple triathlons. He uses Humalog and Lantus disposable insulin pens to treat his diabetes with four daily injections of insulin and has great control over his blood sugar levels.