Leadership Team

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Meyer founded Auris Medical (renamed Altamira Therapeutics) in April 2003 and was the Company's sole shareholder until the end of 2007. Prior to founding Auris Medical, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Disetronic Group, a leading Swiss supplier of precision infusion and injection systems. He worked for Disetronic in various functions starting in 1988, becoming member of the Board of Directors in 1996, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in early 2000. Prior to joining Disetronic, he advised several Swiss companies in strategy, marketing and corporate finance. Thomas Meyer served on the Board of Directors of several small and medium sized Swiss industrial companies; in some of them he was also a key investor. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration (Dr.rer.pol.) from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Samuel A. Wickline

Samuel A. Wickline

Chief Scientific Officer

Samuel A. Wickline, MD, is the founder of Trasir Therapeutics, Inc., which we acquired in 2021 and formed the basis for our activities in RNA therapeutics. Before joining Altamira Therapeutics, he was the Director of the USF Health Heart Institute, Associate Dean and Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, and Medical Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). Previously, he was Professor of Medicine, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University, St. Louis. 

Elmar Schaerli

Covadonga Pañeda

Chief Development Officer

Dr. Pañeda has over 15 years of experience in drug development. She spent 7 years as R&D Manager at Sylentis S.A., a clinical stage RNAi biopharma company and most recently, she served as Director of Development at Limm Therapeutics, a neuroimmune biopharma company. Dr. Pañeda obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain, and spent several years as a Post-doc at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.

Elmar Schaerli

Jean Lachance

OTC Consumer Health Business Unit Head

Jean Lachance joined Altamira in May 2022. He has over 20 years of experience in sales, trade marketing and marketing in the Consumer Health & OTC industries in various global, regional and local roles. In his career, Mr. Lachance led multiple brands & portfolios in the Allergy, Cough & Cold, Gastrointestinal, Nutritional & Wound care categories with companies such as Abbott, MundiPharma Consumer Care, Bayer Consumer Care & Merck Consumer Care. He holds a Bachelor Business degree from Laval University, Quebec, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from UQAM University (Montreal, Canada).

Elmar Schaerli

Marcel Gremaud

Chief Financial Officer

Marcel Gremaud, CPA, has been Altamira Therapeutics’ Chief Financial Officer since November 2021. Mr. Gremaud has acquired more than 30 years’ experience in controlling and accounting in international pharma companies and start-ups. In 2001 he founded Gremaud GmbH, an audit and accounting company supporting companies in financial consolidation and accounting in accordance with IFRS or Swiss GAAP FER.

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