Our company

Virometix AG is a privately held biotechnology company developing a new generation of vaccines and immunotherapeutic drugs for the prevention and treatment of infectious and chronic human diseases.

In an increasingly global world there is a considerable medical need for vaccines to combat infectious as well as a number of chronic human diseases. Fast growing demands, health threats from newly arising complex viral and bacterial pathogens and increasingly stringent requirements for stability, safety and tolerability require new approaches to tackling current and future challenges.

Rational molecular design, chemical synthesis and Virometix' proprietary Synthetic Virus-Like Particle platform technology allow for the rapid production and optimization of vaccine candidates with superior properties in terms of safety, efficacy and stability.

Our mission

Virometix' mission is to develop safe, effective new-generation vaccines for the treatment of chronic human diseases and the prevention of infectious diseases afflicting millions of people worldwide.

Virometix exploits the tools traditionally used in drug discovery, rational molecular design and chemical synthesis, for the generation of structurally optimized Synthetic Antigen Mimetics (SAMs) along with its proprietary Synthetic Virus-Like Particle (SVLP) platform technology for delivery of SAMS to immune system cells.

With its uniquely positioned SVLP and SAM platform technologies, Virometix aims to establish a new benchmark in the design of synthetic vaccines and nanomedicines.


Anna Sumeray
Chief Executive Officer

Anna Sumeray has over 25 years of experience in the life sciences sector with a combination of strategic consultancy, hands-on P&L leadership and deal transaction experience in big pharmaceutical and small biotechnology companies, globally, across Europe and within individual countries.
Anna’s diverse experiences include the build of a successful European biotech business for a US-based company from the ground up and management of Novartis’s oncology businesses in Finland and Germany. She also has significant M&A and licensing experience and was global head of business development and licensing at Novartis Ophthalmics. She has worked in 13 countries and in 4 languages.
Anna has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham, UK and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Dr. Armando Zuniga
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Zuniga joined Virometix as CSO in July 2013. He previously worked at Crucell/Berna Biotech Ltd., where he held senior positions in the recombinant vaccines department and at Redbiotec AG as Head of Pre-Clinical Development. He has 20 years of research experience in Life Sciences and more than 12 years of industry experience in vaccine development. Dr. Zuniga holds a DVM degree from the Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology of the University of Zurich.

Hedvika Lazar
Head of Regulatory Affairs and Project Management

Hedvika Lazar has more than 17 years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. She started her career in the Clinical Development and Medical Marketing Department at Berna Biotech. In 2006 she joined the spin-off company Kenta Biotech as Head of Clinical Development, where she has significantly contributed to toxicology programs, design of clinical studies and regulatory activities. Following the acquisition of Kenta by Aridis Pharmaceuticals in 2013, she held several senior manager positions in clinical development and regulatory affairs at Aridis, GlycoVaxyn, Actelion and NIBR before joining Virometix in 2018. Ms Lazar holds an MSc in Microbiology with further education in pharmaceutical medicine (ECPM).

Board of Directors

Dr. Pierre Morgon, Pharm.D. LL.M., MBA

Dr. Morgon has over 30 years of experience up to C-level positions in large life science companies, including Sanofi Pasteur, and biotech firms such as AJ-Biologics. In these roles, he has provided leadership in the construction and expansion of vaccine portfolios and partnerships, with turnaround initiatives and with financing for start-up vaccine companies. Dr. Morgon is also Regional Partner for Switzerland at Mérieux Développement, Non-Executive Director to the Board of Theradiag, as well as Non-Executive Director to the Board of Eurocine Vaccines. He holds a Doctor of pharmacy and MBA with additional qualifications in Business Law.

Dr. Arin Ghasparian

Dr. Ghasparian is a life science expert and innovator with more than 14 years experience in the vaccine field. He co-founded Virometix and has been member of the Board of Directors since the incorporation of the company in 2009. He also served from 2009 until 2012 as its Chief Scientific Officer and from 2012 until 2019 as its Chief Executive Officer. During this time he built the operations of the company from scratch, shaped the business strategy, raised the financing and built Virometix' pipeline. Dr Ghasparian invented several patents including the Synthetic Virus-like Particle (SVLP) technology which laid the groundwork for the foundation of Virometix. He holds a Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Ivan Csendes

Dr. Ivan Csendes has a longstanding experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has been working for 30 years at Ciba-Geigy and Novartis, the first seven years as laboratory head in antibiotics chemistry research, afterwards 23 years in the Business Development & Licensing Department, where he was responsible for in and/or out-licensing of drugs in different therapeutic areas, as well as for drug delivery and drug-device projects. Ivan Csendes is a founding member and member of the board of Swiss Pharma Licensing Group (today Swiss Healthcare Licensing Group) and was the president of the association from 2004-2008. He is member and past-chairman of the European Pharma Licensing Council. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University Basel and did two years post-doctoral work at the University of California in Berkeley.

Dr. Isaac Kobrin, MD

Dr. Isaac Kobrin is an internist with 15 years of experience in academic medicine both in Israel and the USA. With 23 years of experience in the Pharma industry, he was responsible for the worldwide clinical development of key compounds at Roche for 10 years and subsequently in Actelion for 13 years. In Actelion, Dr. Kobrin was the head of clinical development and member of the executive committee for 10 years and later he was appointed as Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Strategic and Portfolio Board of the company. Dr. Kobrin is also a Board member at ProteoMediX.

Harry Welten, MBA

Over the last 17 years, Mr. Welten was Chief Financial Officer of both public as well as venture capital financed biotech companies. During that time, he has raised more than CHF320 million through IPO, venture capital, M&A as well as debt offerings. He now serves as Chairman or Member on the Board of Directors of several biotechnology companies in Switzerland, Belgium and the USA. He has degrees in Banking, Finance and Economics as well as an MBA (hons.) from Columbia University, NY, USA.

Advisory Board

Prof. Paul-Henri Lambert, MD

Prof. Paul-Henri Lambert, MD, is now associated with the Centre of Vaccinology in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at University of Geneva. He is directing the International Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) organized under the auspices of the Fondation Mérieux and University of Geneva. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI), past-chairman of the Human Vaccine Committee of the International Association for Biologicals (IABS) and of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1987, he was appointed as chief of Microbiology and Immunology at the World Health Organization and in 1994, chief of the Vaccine Research and Development, WHO Global Program for Vaccines and Immunization. During this time he was deeply involved in co-ordination of research aiming at the development of vaccines against diseases of major importance in developing countries.

Dr. Urs Regenass

Dr. Urs Regenass has over 30 years experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery, most recently as Senior Director Oncology at Actelion Pharmaceuticals. Before, he led the oncology biology unit at Ciba then, first at Ciba and then Novartis he became a member of the global research management board and led the global Core Technology department in research. From Novartis, he joined Discovery Partners International, a CRO headquartered in San Diego as VP Drug Discovery and as CEO of the Allschwil, Switzerland site. Since 2016 he provides his knowledge in drug discovery and oncology as an independent consultant. Urs has published over 50 articles and book chapters in the field of oncology and drug discovery. He served on the board of directors of 2 start-up companies and lectured for 7 years at the university of Basel in experimental oncology. Urs obtained his PhD in Cell Biology at the Biocenter, University of Basel.

Prof. Gerd Pluschke

Prof. Pluschke is Head of the Molecular Immunology Unit and the Department of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Prior to joining the Institute, he worked as a scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics, the Basel Institute for Immunology and for Ciba Pharma Research. Prof. Pluschke has published more than 150 papers and holds several patents. He graduated in Biochemistry, receiving his Doctorate from the University of Tubingen.

Prof. Richard Ulevitch

Prof. Ulevitch is Venture Partner at 5AM Ventures (Menlo Park CA USA), Professor of Immunology and Chairman Emeritus at The Scripps Research Institute ( La Jolla, CA USA). For nearly four decades, Prof. Ulevitch has performed research to understand the role of the immune system in human disease. He also serves as a scientific advisor to Aravis Ventures and was previously an advisor to the Lombard Odier Immunology Fund. Prof. Ulevitch currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of multiple biotechnology companies. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications and is a co-inventor on multiple patents. He received an A.B. from Washington and Jefferson College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and joined The Scripps Research Institute in 1972.

Dr. Rinaldo Zurbriggen

Rinaldo Zurbriggen is currently Director, Strategic Growth Investments and Head Microbial Program Management at Lonza Visp. Previously he was Head of Viral Research at Berna Biotech and later on co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Pevion Biotech. He has been working in the pharmaceutical and vaccine field for more than 15 years and has brought three vaccine candidates from preclinical testing to human clinical trials. Dr. Zurbriggen has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and is author of chapters in three different scientific books. He graduated from the University of Fribourg with a Doctorate in Biochemistry.

Dr. Urs Breitenstein

Dr. Breitenstein is one of the leading valuation experts in Switzerland. He is Partner at Hoffmann & Co. Prior to Hoffmann & Co fe worked as equity analyst for a Swiss Bank, then for PricewaterhouseCoopers and, most recently, for Deloitte in Zurich, where he was a partner and team leader of the M&A- as well as of the internal life science industry team. He holds a Doctorate in economics from the University of Basel.

Prof. John A. Robinson

Prof. Robinson is a co-founder of Virometix, professor of organic chemistry and former chairman of the Organic Chemistry Institute and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Zurich. Prof. Robinson is a leading expert in the development of epitope mimetics for drug and vaccine applications. He has published more than 150 papers in major scientific journals and is named as co-inventor on 12 patents. He obtained his Doctorate in Chemistry from Cambridge University, UK.


Working at Virometix

Are you a team player whose scientific curiosity is complemented by an entrepreneurial spirit, focus and persistence? Do you feel motivated to bring innovative medical solutions to breakthrough?
If so, we encourage you to send your curriculum vitae to hr@virometix.com.

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