February 2021 Edition

Moving the Needle on Gender Diversity in Management

While Switzerland has Europe’s second-highest proportion of women in the workforce, it trails global standards on gender diversity in boardrooms and in management positions. Here, four industry insiders give their assessments on…

Swissmedic: Independent & International

Regarded as one of the world’s leading regulatory bodies, Swissmedic stands alongside its equivalents in Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia in terms of the evaluation and approval of new drugs. Although its approval times are increasing, raising doubts about Swissmedic’s continued place at the top table of global…

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Building a Swiss Health Data Ecosystem

Although Switzerland is ahead of many of its competitors in Europe on levels of healthcare innovation, one potential stumbling block is access to and use of data. The country’s decentralised healthcare system means that many data sets are siloed and heterogeneous within regions, creating issues in terms of conducting…

Four Traits for Biosimilar Success

Alvotech – the biosimilars arm of Icelandic-headquartered generics player Alvogen – is positioning itself for future growth via a very different strategy to that of the Big Pharma players with biosimilar portfolios. Chief Commercial Officer Anil Okay, who sits in Switzerland, explains the four company traits that he believes…

CEO Profile
Katharina Gasser
managing director, Biogen & chair of the executive committee, Interpharma

A trained physician with several years of practice under her belt, Katharina Gasser then moved into clinical research as an investigator before joining the pharma industry in 2005. Now head of Biogen’s Swiss affiliate and chair of the executive committee of industry association Interpharma, Gasser cites her diverse background as a key contributory factor to her career success.

"The most important thing I look for in our staff is that they think like entrepreneurs and treat Biogen as if it was their own company"

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