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HEMEX Article: Bringing Innovation to Dialysis Care and foster Home Dialysis

17 February 2021 – Our portfolio company Opterion Health AG seeks to enhance the quality of life for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and their loved ones, and to increase survival rates of ESRD patients. They launched their new website at the beginning of the year and have very exciting plans for 2021! Chronic kidney disease is the progressive loss of kidney function. When it reaches an advanced state, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) appears. During

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Opterion at the virtual ISPD conference

12 February 2021 – Amelie Tsoutsoulopoulos and Guido Grentzmann from Opterion Health AG are participating at the virtual ISPD (International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis) – EuroPD Joint Conference. Meet the Opterion team at the oral presentation ‘Osmotically active composition for peritoneal Dialysis’, taking place Monday, 1st March 2021, from 18:15 – 19:45 (CET) / 17:15 – 18:45 (UTC) / 12:15 – 13:45 (ET) in the ‘Free Communications – Basic Science’ session.

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Improving Quality of Life of Dialysis patients

6 February 2021 – “About 40% of dialysis incidence is due to diabetes. Further, in times of a pandemic, as we are currently experiencing, an increasing number of patients are reluctant to visit a clinic or a hospital,” says Guido Grentzmann, the founder and CEO/CSO of Opterion Health AG. “Therefore, a physiological glucose or glucose-free peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution, which Opterion has in pre-clinical development, is a much-needed innovation, not only for diabetic dialysis patients, but

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Moving to the Basel area

26 January 2021 – The entire Opterion Health AG team is excited to move to ‚The 5th Floor‘ in Muttenz, Basel-Landschaft, and benefit from the innovative life sciences ecosystem around Basel. A big thank you to the ‚Basel Area Business & Innovation‘ team for their excellent support.  

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Opterion Health AG moving to Muttenz

22 January 2021 – Opterion is moving from the canton of Obwalden to Muttenz in the canton of Basel-Landschaft in order to benefit from the local life sciences ecosystem. Following a significantly oversubscribed bridge financing round, Opterion was able to raise a total of 8.4 million euros for its innovative peritoneal dialysis solution. Opterion Health AG has announced its intention to vacate its current headquarters in Sarnen in the canton of Obwalden and move to

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Opterion successfully secures EUR 8.4m Bridge Financing Round

19 January 2021 – Opterion Health AG, a preclinical Swiss life science company, developing the first novel solution for peritoneal dialysis (PD) in the last two decades, today announced the successful agreement of a EUR 8.4m Bridge Financing Round. This amount was exclusively raised from a limited number of professional private and institutional investors based in Switzerland and Germany. The proceeds from this financing round will be used to complete preclinical activities and prepare for entry into Phase I.

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Stefan Wohlfeil

Board Member
Stefan Wohlfeil, MD, has over 35 years of experience in the Pharma and Biotech industry. Most recently he was Chief Medical Officer and Head of R&D at Vifor Pharma with responsibility for preclinical and clinical R&D, regulatory and medical affairs as well as drug safety. Prior to that he was Global Head Clinical Research & Pharmacology at Novartis and Bayer. He also has experience as founder and CEO of two start-up companies in the oncology area, one of which was based in Japan. Stefan started his career at Bayer Pharma, where he worked for over 20 years in discovery research and preclinical and clinical development in Germany, USA and Japan. Stefan holds a Medical Doctor’s degree from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.

Andreas Schmidt

CFO / Board

Andreas Schmid has more than 25 years of experience in Finance in the Life Sciences. He worked as a Pharma Analyst at Merrill Lynch and also has experience in fund raising as well as business development.

During the span of his career Andreas was one of the highest-ranked dialysis and generic pharma analysts, with special expertise in European and CEE/emerging markets. His coverage universe included companies such as Fresenius/FMC (Germany), Gambro (Sweden), Stada (Germany) and Aspen (South Africa). Furthermore, he played a major part in the IPOs of Zentiva (Czech Republic) and Hikma (Jordan). Andreas has also been active as a speaker at various industry conferences, for example in New York, Frankfurt, but also in Warsaw and other Eastern European countries.

In addition, Andreas works as finance lecturer at the Hochschule Pforzheim and is a board member of the German shareholder association SdK.

Ricardo Cordero

Vice Chairman
Dr Ricardo Cordero, PhD, serves as Vice Chairman of Opterion Health since 2016. Ricardo has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry where he held various senior positions, for example as CEO of BZ Bank, Managing Partner at Reichmuth & Co Investmentfonds AG, Co-founder and Co-CEO at BWO Bank, etc. Further, he is a passionate and experienced private Swiss investor and holds various investments in the Life Science, Technology and high-end Consumer Goods industry.

David Ebsworth

Chairman
Dr David Ebsworth, PhD, has been Chairman of Opterion Health since December 2016. David has over 40 years of experience in the Pharma, Healthcare and Biotech industry. David is a past CEO of Galenica, Vifor Pharma as well as Oxford GlycoSciences and past global head of the Pharmaceutical Division of Bayer. He has chaired several private and public companies and has served on numerous boards as either chairman of the audit, remuneration or nominations and governance committees. David is currently Chairman of Verona Pharma and Actimed Therapeutics.

Guido Grentzmann

CEO / CSO / Board
Dr Guido Grenzmann, PhD, is the founder of Opterion Health and has more than 25 years of experience in Pharma R&D and Project Management. After academic work on bacterial and viral mechanisms of translational regulation, he became Group Leader Molecular Biology/Genomics at Pfizer and Director Biochemistry/GeneProfiling at Altana Pharma where he worked in Discovery of inflammation in respiratory diseases. In 2007 he founded PBS PharmaBioServices providing contract research and consulting mainly in inflammatory diseases, in multiple therapeutic domains. 2012, Guido founded Opterion, with the aim to develop a new PD solution, to decrease side-effects of this promising therapy.