Professor of Oncologic Biotherapy at the Karolinska Institute and the Cancer Centre Karolinska (CCK) at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. He was Managing Director CCK 1999-2010. He is Senior Consultant in the Departments of Oncology and Hematology, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Hematology. He was Professor of Experimental Oncology, Uppsala University and Head of the Department of Experimental Oncology, Department of Oncology, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala (1996-1999).
His main areas of research are tumor immunology and immunotherapy, with a focus on the development of cancer vaccines and antibody and cytokine treatment in gastrointestinal and chronic B cell malignancies. Further, he has implemented a program developing targeted therapy using small molecules for the treatment of lymphoproliferative diseases. He has a great interest in the development of biosimilars. Prof. Mellstedt was awarded the Alfaferone Prize (Italy) in 1989 and in 2001 the Jan Waldenström Award (USA).
Prof. Mellstedt currently serves as the Chairman of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Foundation (2008-2011), dedicated to promoting medical training and research for the benefit of cancer patients. He was the President of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) from 2006 – 2007, and from 1993 – 2000 he was the Chairman of the Swedish Medical Society of Oncology. He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Swedish Cancer Foundation 1987-2000. He was the Chairman of the Scientific Committee evaluating medical research at Radiumhospital/Rikshospital Oslo, Norway, and Chairman of the Committee for Clinical Medical Research of the Norwegian Research Council. Prof. Mellstedt is the Chairman of the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation, Scientific Secretary of the Cancer Society in Stockholm and King Gustaf 5th Jubilee Fund and Scientific Advisor of the Lundbeck’s Foundation (Denmark). He is member of the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE), 2009-2011.
Prof. Mellstedt has published more than 475 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, is the author of numerous oncology chapters in professional medical textbooks and has been an invited speaker at more than 190 international symposia. He is /has been on the Editorial Board of several international scientific journals.