Santhera Pharmaceuticals is a Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative medicines to meet the needs of patients living with rare and other diseases with high unmet medical needs.

Our focus

We are focusing on the development of treatments for neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases that currently lack treatment options, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and cystic fibrosis (CF).

We have dedicated more than a decade to researching potential treatments in our ongoing mission to make effective medicines available for these often overlooked, life-altering diseases. We are passionate about improving patients’ quality of life and our vision is to be a leader in providing treatments for rare diseases in these areas with high unmet medical needs.

Our history

Santhera Pharmaceuticals was founded in September 2004 through the merger of two start-up biotech companies, MyoContract AG (Switzerland) and Graffinity Pharmaceuticals AG (Germany).

Santhera’s headquarters are located in Pratteln, Switzerland (near Basel), with subsidiaries in Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, the US and Canada.

Santhera’s shares have been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker “SANN” since November 2006.

From the beginning, we have been committed to helping patients through the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines. Since 2004, we have developed our pipeline by conducting numerous clinical studies in Europe and North America.

In September 2015, we received our first approval, the European Marketing Authorization, for Raxone in the treatment of patients with LHON. This makes Raxone the first and only medicine to be approved for this condition. Indeed, it is the first to be approved for any mitochondrial disorder: a major milestone in addressing the unmet medical need represented by this group of rare diseases.

Meet our Board of Directors

Elmar Schnee

Chairman of the Board and Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees

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​Philipp Gutzwiller

Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee

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Thomas Meier

Founder, Board Member and Chairman of the Scientific Committee

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Patrick Vink

Board Member, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Scientific Committee

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Meet our Executive Management team

Günther Metz

Head Business Development, EVP

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Oliver Strub

General Counsel & Secretary to the Board, EVP

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