About us

We make it our mission to enter into strategic partnerships for the acquisition, development and commercialisation of a robust portfolio of assets that are consistent with the vision of the Company, and to deliver value to our shareholders

Our model: Synergism optimised

The development of novel treatments is urgent for patients who suffer from potentially debilitating conditions and for whom there is no satisfactory standard of care. In order to address this need, our strategy is designed to optimise the time- and resource-efficient development of our pipeline candidates and for process excellence:

SynDermix identifies and acquires the rights to novel and commercially attractive assets from early-stage biopharmaceutical developers, academic research hubs or other companies following the discovery or pre-clinical phases of development

We then devote our resources to the state-of-the-art manufacturing of our pipeline candidates and to the robust demonstration of their innovation and clinical value — a set of activities that we outsource to our specialist partners, benefitting from their know-how and regulatory insights

For our products to reach patients, we out-license or divest the products to our corporate partners with the resources and expertise for commercialisation

Values

We are committed to values that we believe foster and sustain successful teamwork and partnerships, to innovation, and patient centricity:

We value integrity, dedication and fairness; we believe that success is achieved by people with a diverse range of talents and through mutual, synergistic efforts; we are driven by passion and professionalism

We view continued innovation as the answer to unmet and changing healthcare needs, and consider patient convenience as an equally important feature (together with efficacy and safety) in the therapies we select for development and commercialisation

Executive Team

We operate a lean structure, which leverages the complementary expertise of a seasoned executive team, distinguished service providers and key opinion leaders.

Dieter Hemmer – Chief Executive Officer

15 years’ senior executive experience at Nestlé as Head of the Strategic Business Unit (Nestlé Professional Food Services) and Chairman of the Pro Gastronomia Nestlé Foundation. Prior to Nestlé, he spent 22 years in a number of senior executive positions with Lufthansa, including Head of Global Inflight Service and Managing Director for Lufthansa Service (LSG) Asia. BSc in Economics from FHS Heidelberg and management education at INSEAD, London Business School and IMD.

Jessica Kourniakti, DPhil – Chief Operating Officer

Over 5 years’ experience in independent research and original communications development; past roles include: Teaching Fellow at the University of Oxford (2016–17), conference leadership and executive roles in academic societies (2015–17) and Marketing Manager at MastihaWorld Ltd. (2014­–15); obtained a BA from the University of Bristol (2010), MA from University College London (2011) and DPhil from the University of Oxford (2018), and has published original research in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes.

Carlos Camozzi, MD, PhD, MBA – Clinical & Regulatory Development

Over 25 years’ international senior management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry (Roche, American Cyanamid, Mepha AG, Orphan Europe, UniQure, Orphazyme). Successfully led several regulatory achievements with both the EMA and the FDA. He is a permanent expert in the European Commission for Eureka and H2020 grant frames, and an expert in rare diseases and orphan drugs.

Konstantinos Efthymiopoulos, PharmD, PhD, MBA – Non-Clinical & Business Development

Over 25 years’ international experience in big pharma, biotech and VC-backed companies (Farmitalia-Carlo Erba, Glaxo/GlaxoWelcome, Serono, Eurand, Funxional Therapeutics, Index Ventures) at increasingly senior levels that culminated in CSO, CEO and board positions. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Synaffix BV and Biopôle SA.

Rolf Küng, MBA – Finance & Controlling

A Swiss Certified Accountant and co-founder of the Institute For Innovative Trading (IFIT) in 1998. 17 years’ experience in auditing (Touche Ross, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Grant Thornton and others). Has been a director and CEO of several companies within the IFIT Group with a focus on business projects in Europe and overseas, and is currently a consultant to ARIA Capital Management with offices in the UK, UAE, Greece and Switzerland.

Anastasia Mantalidi, PhD — Manufacturing, IP & QM

Over 4 years’ experience in industrially funded proprietary research in nanotechnology, and methods’ development optimised for in-situ synchrotron radiation-based techniques. Over 2 years’ experience in quality assurance in the pharma industry. Past positions include: Quality Assurance Specialist at DEMO S.A. Pharmaceuticals (2016–18), X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Consultant at Johnson Matthey (2016); science projects’ management and guidance for beamtime experiments (2012–15). Obtained a PhD (2016) and an MSc in Chemical Research (2012) from University College London.

Associates

Julian Heinrich, BSc — Administration & Data Management

Over 11 years’ experience in marketing and sales and information technology in the health insurance and finance industries (Munich RE and ERGO Insurance Group); holds a BSc degree in Media Information-Technology from the Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart and is a qualified management assistant for marketing communications.

Board of Directors

Thomas Mehrling, MD, PhD – Chairman of the Board

Founder and Chairman of TNT Medical Corporation, Zurich, with more than 18 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Senior positions in different companies and across almost all functions in drug development and commercialisation, including: CEO of EDO GmbH, Basel; Medical Leader at Takeda European R&D Centre; Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Staticon International; and Head of Business Development (2000-4), European Director of Oncology (2004-11), and International Director of Oncology Strategy (2011-13) at Mundipharma International Ltd. During his tenure as Director of Oncology with Mundipharma, two major products were successfully launched in Europe: DepoCyte® and Levact® (Ribomustin®, Treanda®). A certified Pharmacist with a Ph.D. in pharmacology and a certified physician with an M.D. in haemato-oncology (both from Frankfurt University).

Dieter Hemmer – Delegate of the Board

See above.

Kevin P. Cox, DPhil – Member of the Board

Over 25 years’ experience in the life science industry, covering a wide range of sectors such as biomanufacturing, vaccines development, biomedical imaging, pathology, and clinical pharmacology; served as CEO of numerous high growth biotechnology businesses and has extensive experience in strategy, corporate development, M&A, financing and joint ventures. With a passion for improving translational science, Dr. Cox has developed strong links to government, funding bodies and academia; non-business roles have included Chair of UKTI’s Bio/Pharma Advisory Committee and BioNow, membership of the UK’s Life Sciences Marketing Strategy Board and Innovate UK advisory board for stratified medicine. Currently a non-executive director the British Neuroscience Association and formerly a Board member of the UK’s Bio-industry Association for 4 years.

Hans Peter Frick, Dr. iur, LL.M. – Member of the Board

Senior Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer of the Nestlé Group from 1992 to 2011; Executive Vice-President of Nestec S.A.; served for 6 years on the Boards of Galenica SA and Vifor Pharma SA and chaired its Audit and Risk Committees, both companies active in the healthcare markets. Past experiences include Chief Executive of AIBD (now ICMA) — formerly the designated stock exchange for the secondary trading of international securities — Legal Counsel for Hewlett Packard Europe and private practice. Legal Education at the University in Zurich (Dr. iur.), City of London Polytechnic and University of Alberta, Canada (LL.M.). Business schools at IMI Geneva and the London School of Economics. ILO Global General Counsel of the Year Award (2009).

Wolfgang Werlé, BA – Member of the Board

Founder of the international investments company Quantrum AG with over 20 years’ experience on the Boards of companies in a range of industries, including food and catering, medical tourism and luxury hospitality, and asset management; currently Vice-Chairman of Nimo Holding AG; Chairman of Asserta Management AG and of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG; and Member of the Board of Directors of Cat Holding AG and FORMIA Asia Pacific (a Hong-Kong based company). Past positions include: Board member of Swiss Post, Vice-Chairman of the specialty food company Aryzta (2008), CEO of the Hiestand Group and of SAirRelations. Studied Business Management at the University of Applied Sciences of Frankfurt/Main, Germany and began his career at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Hermann A. Wirz, BA – Member of the Board

An over 40-year career trajectory with Nestlé Group in different positions of responsibility, including leadership roles in finance, accounting and operations in a number of South American countries, the UK and Spain; Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Nestlé S.A, Switzerland, and Director of Nestlé Health Science S.A; past Board member of Nestlé Capital Advisers, Intercona Reinsurance AG, Alcon Inc. (US listed) and SIX (Swiss Stock Exchange); currently Board member and Head of the Audit Committee of SICPA Holding SA; obtained a BA in Business Administration from Lucerne, and completed the Programme for Executive Development at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne.

Partners

IP, regulatory & corporate

Keltie

Intellectual property company, London

Danubia

Patent and law office, Budapest

Virtuoso Legal

Intellectual property specialists, Leeds

Granzer

Regulatory consulting and services, Munich

ARIA Services

Financial and administrative services, Zurich

Bihrer

Attorneys at law, Zurich

Balmer-Etienne

Tax consulting and audit services, Zurich

Bioscience Valuation

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical company economic, R&D and value assessors and consultants, Garmins

Manufacturing, Clinical & Non-Clinical

Fujifilm Diosynth

Biotechnologies manufacturer, Billingham

Creaholic

Professional inventors, Biel 

Eurofins Scientific

Worldwide laboratory testing services

BluTest

Microbiology contract research organisation, Glasgow

Covance

Contract research organisation, Princeton

ISS

Clinical research organisation, Biel 

IQVIA Solutions

Multinational contract research organisation, Durham, NC

King’s College London

Institute of Pharmaceutical Science KCL, University of London