Sharing experience and expertise

A key criterion for success is the company’s senior management, which has the experience and know-how to draw upon the strengths within Formycon to lead its biosimilar development projects to profitable fruition.

Dr. Gerhard Schaefer

Gerhard Schaefer graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stuttgart University. During his more than 30 years in the generic pharmaceutical industry, he held increasing senior management positions in development, quality assurance / control and business development at Azupharma, Knoll, Stada, HEXAL and Sandoz. Among his numerous responsibilities, he was appointed to Head of Development and Business Development at HEXAL in 2001 and at the same time became Member of the Board of Executive Directors of HEXAL AG. Since the acquisition of HEXAL AG by Novartis / Sandoz in 2005 and until February 2012, he was Managing Director at Sandoz International and Head of Global Product Development and Global Business Development at Sandoz, the second largest generic pharmaceutical company, where he was managing eleven development centers worldwide.

Simon Sturge

Simon Sturge holds a degree in Biology from Sussex University, UK. He has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Until recently, he was Corporate Senior Vice President of Biopharmaceuticals at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), a top-20 pharmaceutical company, and among the world largest biopharmaceutical enterprises. At BI he was responsible for the biopharmaceutical business unit which has approximately 2,200 employees. From 2008-2010 he was Chief Executive of OctoPlus, a Dutch-based listed biopharmaceutical company. In 1997 he founded RiboTargets, which in 2003 reversed into British Biotech, where he was also Chief Executive Officer. British Biotech was renamed Vernalis and he remained Chief Executive until 2008. Prior to this Simon Sturge was at Celltech for 10 years where he was also on the Celltech Group Board, before he became Chief Executive Officer at Lonza Biologics. 

Dr. Bernhard Hampl

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Bernhard Hampl, who has a doctorate in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, was a successful CEO in large American generics companies such as EON LABS Inc. and later Sandoz US, which after fusion of the two companies became America's second-largest manufacturer of generics. Dr. Hampl, who started his career at the German subsidiary of American Cyanamid / Lederle in Wolfratshausen near Munich, has been living in Connecticut/USA for the past 20 years and brings wide-ranging international experience to Formycon. Today, he advises companies from the field of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology as well as investment companies.