Swixx BioPharma was founded to fully replace biopharma, OTC and medical device multinationals’ subsidiaries or business units in those countries, or therapeutic areas of CEE and beyond, that the multinational biopharma chooses not to enter, or to exit. With its expansion, Swixx BioPharma evolved into a professional and reliable partner with the highest standards in the areas where we operate.
At Swixx, we believe that everyone deserves access to the best medical solutions to live healthier and better lives. Although we are a pharmaceutical company without our own portfolio and research and development (R&D), we are committed to pursuing the standards and culture of a multinational pharmaceutical company.
We are highly experienced professionals, and our background is our strength. We joined forces and use our knowledge to constantly live up to our mission of providing access to the modern medicines of our partners.
> 700 m €
sales in 2022
> 335 m
53.9 bn €
Swixx BioPharma began operations in December 2014 and is registered in Baar, Switzerland. The company has 100%-owned affiliates in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Uzbekistan. Both Swixx BioPharma senior management and owners come from a heritage of unique success in specialty pharmaceuticals. Dynamic business development activities and the ability to enter new markets quickly helped Swixx to achieve one of the leading positions in CEE and beyond.
Our vision is to become the partner of choice for biopharma companies when they choose an indirect route to market, thereby improving patient outcomes. By providing best-in-class pharma services, building on our deep industry knowledge and fostering professional and collaborative relationships with our partners, patients representatives and the entire healthcare community, we believe we can create a healthier future for all.
Our mission is to work closely with our partners and broad healthcare communities to unlock access to innovative treatments for patients in need. Our ultimate goal is to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the health of individuals and communities in the countries where we operate.
Swixx was founded by a group of experienced pharma professionals with a deep understanding of biopharma’s needs. Prior to building Swixx BioPharma in CEE, Swixx’s founders and members of its senior team had comprehensive experience in research-based companies operating across all current Swixx geographies.
Swixx’s biggest asset is our 1,200+ highly educated employees, who are dedicated to providing modern medicines to patients in need.
Co-Founder PharmaSwiss, formerly GM BMS South East Europe. Previously Sr. Executive Convatec CEE & Lawyer at White & Case
Co-Founder PharmaSwiss, formerly Head of Marketing at BMS CEE/Israel, GM Pfizer Russia and US Diplomat
Formerly CFO of PharmaSwiss, prior to that held a series of key Finance positions at Coca Cola, IBM and AGIP
Member of Management and Head Private Equity at HBM Partners. Over twenty years of experience in private and public equity investment management and research. Former experience includes senior analyst at Lombard Odier and scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In addition to Swixx, Board member of Sphingotec, Numab, Farmalatam and Board Observer Tata 1mg.
25 years’ experience in M&A transactions and Investment area including operational experiences.10 years of successful private equity investment in the healthcare sector, two main experiences as Manager/Investor under LBO. Former various position at Medipole Partnaires (Elsan) and Senior Healthcare Partner at Gimv
More than 20 years’ experience in the life sciences and private equity business. Formerly various positions at Hoechst, Aventis and Deutsche Bank
6+ years’ experience in Private Equity and M&A specialized in healthcare transactions. Former position in investment at Gimv
Worked 6 years as COO of A&D’s Marketing & Sales Division. Was as COO at Delta Medical, and before that was GM BMS Russia.
Worked 3 years as CFO of PharmaSwiss and 10 years in senior finance functions in BMS, Member of the Board in Farma-Projekt Poland.
Previously BMS Vice-President and Ass. General Counsel, Head of Intercontinental R/C Law Department responsible for 65 markets including CEE, Middle East, Africa and India; China, Pacific Rim, Brazil, Latin America; Before that, BMS Vice-President and Ass. General Counsel, Head of R/C Law department Europe supporting all European countries and Distributor Markets of Europe.
Head of Celgene CEE until June 2019, prior to that GM BMS Hungary and BMS CEE Indirect Markets (Balkans + Slovakia + Baltics + Malta + Iceland)
Joins from May 2023 from Bristol Myers Squibb, from the position of Transition Lead CEE and Interim General Manager Australia. Previous experience includes almost 23 years at BMS as GM Russia for 5 years, as well as various senior commercial roles, and 6 years in Novartis.
Until May 2015 Medical Director of Valeant / Pharma Swiss Europe since 2006. Prior to that Regional Medical BMS Baltics.
Until July 2016 Director Compliance and Internal Controls Valeant /PharmaSwiss EMEA since 2009. Prior to that Business Control Function Manager BMS Austria & Central Europe.
Formerly Country Manager of Bristol-Myers Squibb, responsible for Austria, before that for Czech Republic and Hungary. Prior to this held various commercial and finance positions at BMS in different Central European countries
Head of Corporate Affairs South Europe in Sanofi, until December 2021. Previous positions include regional and local roles in Market Access, Marketing and Sales in Sanofi.
Previously Head of Regulatory Department for non-EU Balkan countries at PharmaSwiss, prior to that Regulatory Affairs Director (2009-2013) and Regulatory Affairs Manager (2007-2009) at PharmaSwiss Serbia and Regulatory Affairs Officer at Schering Plough Serbia.
Formerly CFO Sanofi for South, East & Central Europe. In pharmaceutical business since 2002, holding different managerial positions covering Slovenia as well as CEE.
More than 20 years experience in pharma industry, holding a series of roles with increasing responsibility in hospital devices, medical nutrition and specialty care in Abbott & AbbVie for Greece and Cyprus. Most recently served as Business Unit Director Immunology.
Worked 5 years as GM PharmaSwiss Czech, previously GM Amgen CZ&SK and prior to that worked in various positions at BMS (BUH Oncology/Hospital products & Medical Director) since 1995.
In Pharma industry as of 2002. Formerly Country manager for Croatia and Slovenia in Celgene. Prior to that held various positions in Alpe-Adria region such as Business unit head, Market access head, Marketing and Sales management in rare diseases, hospital, primary care and OTC area.
Eight years of pharma sales & marketing experience as BUD for Pfizer and Krka Hungary. Prior to that, 16 years in different finance/consulting roles including Finance Director for Pfizer Hungary and GM/FD for Tele2.
Before joining Swixx Biopharma served as GM A&D Pharma Marketing and Sales Bulgaria for the last 7 years. Prior to that, BUH Hospital and Specialized products within A&D Pharma Bulgaria. Previously held various positions in BMS (BUH Oncology/Hospital products & Medical Director Bulgaria & Romania) since 1996.
Formerly Country Manager in Boston Scientific. Over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, including various positions in innovative companies (Takeda, Novartis Amgen, MSD and Schering Plough).
Former Managing Director at A&D Pharma Marketing & Sales in Slovakia. In the past, BUM onco/orphan, Market Access and Marketing manager onco/orphan at Roche, Celgene and Takeda.
Formerly Country Manager Alexion Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Romania and Bulgaria. Prior to that held position of Area General Manager for Poland, Baltic Countries and Russia in AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals.
✟ In loving memory of our dear colleague Saulius Žemaitis (1969 – 2023)
Formerly GM PharmaSwiss Serbia. Prior to that held series of BUH and marketing / sales positions in PharmaSwiss Serbia.
Formerly Public Affairs and Market Access Head Albania and Kosovo in Sanofi and Country Chair Albania. Prior experience includes the position of General Manager Albania and various roles in Sales and Marketing in Sanofi.
Formerly GM PharmaSwiss /Valeant Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania (2012-2016). Prior to that GM PharmaSwiss Macedonia & Kosovo (2005-2012), GM Macedonia PharmaSwiss (2000-2005), GM BMS Macedonia (1996-2000). Started in early 1993 as Ostomy and Wound Care Manager for ConvaTec/BMS.
Previously GM PharmaSwiss Montenegro 2003-2014 and prior to that GM Pfizer Montenegro.
Formerly GM PharmaSwiss/Valeant BiH (2011-2018). Prior to that leading Schering Plough BiH (2008-2011), held series roles in GSK (2004-2008)
23+ experience in pharma at executive positions, former General Manager of Ipsen in Russia and CIS (9Y), Pierre Fabre General manager Russia (7Y), Sanofi Trade and Revenue head Russia and EurAsia (5Y) and before joining Swixx Biopharma was Commercial VP for Greece, Russia and Turkey in Italpharmaco.
20+ years of experience in managing business of Schering AG and Bayer Pharma AG in Uzbekistan as well as of establishing business operations in local pharma distributor.
Formerly Head of Representative office and GenMed business in Sanofi Belarus. Almost 20 years of experience in commercial roles, with growing managerial scope.
Formerly Trade & Revenue Director for Central Asia, Caucasus and Belarus in Sanofi. Previous roles include various Supply Chain and Commercial functions with progressively increasing responsibilities.
25 years’ experience in multiple geographies across MEA, Greece and Russia on leadership positions from AstraZeneca/Alexion, Sanofi and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Manar joins Swixx from the position of Area Director Emerging Market MEA, Russia and Eurasia (Alexion) and Rare Disease Commercial Director MEA (AstraZeneca).
20+ experience in Pharma, formerly Global Go-To-Market Transformation Operations Lead in Sanofi. Previous positions include General Manager GenMed Business Unit Southeast and Central Europe, Sanofi, and other local, regional and global positions in Sales, Marketing, Market Access and Organizational effectiveness in Sanofi, Eli Lilly and Pliva/Teva.
Formerly Head of Immunology Central and South Europe, Sanofi. Experience includes various positions in Marketing, Medical affairs, Business Unit Director position with gradual expansion of geographic scope in Sanofi and Schering Plough.
20+ years’ experience in Medical Affairs, including supervision in Clinical trials, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, and Quality on country and Medical affairs regional level from Sanofi. Joined Swixx from the position of Medical Lead Oncology Lung & Gastrointestinal cancer, Balkans, AstraZeneca.
Formerly Cardiovascular Medical Lead for Southeast and Central Europe Sanofi. Previously held various regional and country Medical and Commercial roles in Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim. Served as General manager of Bulgarian enterprise manufacturing producing vaccines and biological products.
20+ years of experience in pharma and biotech. Formerly Value, Access and Policy Senior Manager in Amgen. Previously held various Commercial and Marketing positions in PharmaSwixx, including Business Unit Head and Sales and Marketing Director, with increasing P&L responsibilities.
Formerly Medical Head Sanofi Genzyme Southeast and Central Europe and Country Medical Chair. 20+ years’ experience from various Regional and Country level Medical, Sales and Marketing roles from Sanofi, Janssen-Cilag and MSD.
Formerly Commercial Head, Southeast & Central Europe. More than 20 years of experience from Sanofi, including various positions in both Marketing and Sales. Proven results in leading and developing teams. Increased responsibility in terms of geography, organization size and the turnover over the time.
Formerly CV/EP Medical Manager Croatia/Slovenia and South Europe, Country Medical Chair in Sanofi. Brings cross-functional above 20 years’ experience from various regional and country level Medical, Marketing, and Sales roles.
Previous position was General Manager Sanofi Pasteur Czech Republic and Slovakia. Held various roles in Commercial, Business Development and Business support with experience leading and developing people and almost a decade long experience in Country P&L Management.
Formerly Head of Customer Engagement team South Europe at Sanofi. Previously held Lead digital positions outside Pharma industry in L'Oreal as HUB Digital Manager Adria – Balkan, and Digital group manager in Heineken Group, implementing novel ways of marketing.
Formerly CEE Commercial Lead in Kyowa Kirin. Previously held various leadership roles with increasing responsibility and geographic scope in global pharma companies e.g. Astellas, Takeda, Shire, Baxter and Novartis.
Formerly Business Excellence Manager for Southeast Central Europe in Sanofi. Held various positions in Sales, Commercial and Trade management, with preference for Business Operations, Sales Force excellence and product launches.
Formerly QA Associate Director at Valeant Serbia. Previously held series of Quality/Compliance roles at Donau Labs & Coca Cola.
Formerly IT Manager for Alpe Adria region in Xella, and prior that, Corporate IT Director in PharmaSwiss, with 25 years of experience in both technical and management areas of IT.
Formerly Country Medical Lead Biogen Slovakia. Previously held Medical Manager position in Roche, and different commercial roles in Ratiopharm and Schering-Plough.
Previous experience in BMS as Associate Director of International Business Process and various Pharmacovigilance positions in the EU countries.
20+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously at managerial position in A&D Pharma and various positions in BMS.
Swixx Biopharma AG
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