Over the past 20 years, Simon was involved in 4 Private Equity vehicles in healthcare and renewable energy as Managing Partner at Aravis with combined assets in excess of USD 300M. These funds invested in over 25 companies of which 19 healthcare companies; 13 healthcare companies either became public companies (SWX, ATX & NASDQ) or were acquired. In 2016 Simon founded Viopas Venture Consulting where he is Managing Partner.
Simon has extensive experience as Board of Directors from public & private companies. He currently holds four Board positions.
Simon holds a master and a PhD in structural biology from the Biozentrum, University of Basel as well as an MBA from the London Business School.
Chairman of the Board
Public company (ATX-Prime: MARI), Wien
Technology platform to treat respiratory and ophthalmic conditions.
6 Products on the market.
Member of the Board
Private Company (Oss, Netherlands)
Best-in-class, clinical-stage antibody-drug conjugate (ADC)
Member of the Board
Private Company (La Jolla, USA)
Clinical stage biotech developing innovative immuno-
Thomas is a dynamic life-science entrepreneur who established Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX Exchange: SANN) as successful Biotech/Specialty Pharma company in the Basel area (Switzerland). In the past 20 years he held executive manager positions (CSO and CEO) at Santhera and successfully executed merger/acquisitions, product licensing and turn-around situations.
He stepped down as Santhera’s CEO in late 2019 and became Managing Partner at Viopas Venture Consulting in 2020. Currently Thomas holds three Board positions.
Thomas has a PhD in Biology and is lecturer in neurosciences at the Biozentrum, University of Basel. He is an internationally recognized scientists with track record in clinical research of orphan diseases.
Founder, Member of the Board,
Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Public company (Basel)
Dedicated to treatments in rare diseases
Member of the Board,
Member of the Development Committee
Private Company (Basel, Israel)
Treatment of neuropathic pain