Penilla Gunther

Former Member of Parliament, Sweden, and Member, Mission Board for Cancer



Experienced policy maker as former Member of Swedish Parliament, the Nordic Council and chair of the Welfare Committee, and also from local and regional councils. Founder of FOKUS Patient®, a digital and physical meeting place for life science & healthcare with a patient perspective. President of the European Patient Safety Foundation and appointed by the European Commission as an Expert in the Cancer Mission Board. Life-long patient as being heart transplanted 15 years ago and cancer survivor twice.

Penilla Gunther co-chaired the SmartCARE steering committee 

About smartCARE

The smartCARE project is a landmark initiative of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan that we are coordinating under the EU4Health Programme. It will design a digital tool to reduce the communication gap between survivors and health and social-care providers.

The project held its official kick-off event on 28-29 March in Brussels


smartCare Launch 1

smartCare Launch 2


 June 6, Penilla Gunther visits the ECO offices in Brussels to catch up on the smartCARE project patient workshop with ECO Chief Executive Mike Morrisey. 


Penilla picture at ECO office