PROVEN EUROPEAN EXPERTISE

Specialty active ingredients and pharmaceutical niche products

We are a high-performance pharmaceutical niche supplier in the heart of Europe. Our strength lies in the development and GMP-compliant production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as well as drug products (FDF). In Austria, we develop and produce sterile injectables and small molecule APIs for our own use as well as CDMO for third parties. Our imaging agents for CT and MR are used for diagnostic imaging by physicians and hospitals in more than 40 countries worldwide.

For more than 130 years, the company has existed at the site in Austria and for more than 30 years we have been operating under the current name Sanochemia Pharmazeutika. We are valued by partners and customers as a reliable producer of high-quality active ingredients and pharmaceuticals. With our many years of experience, our own research and development capacities and a production site in Neufeld an der Leitha, Austria, we support international companies as a partner for the future.

“With the development, production and distribution of pharmaceutical specialities, Sanochemia has been contributing to people’s health for more than 30 years.”

Our many years of experience and expertise in process development and manufacturing at the highest level make us an important partner to the pharmaceutical industry. Our focus is on products for diagnostics with imaging technology, on sub-areas in urology and neurology as well as on the area of contract manufacturing.

Contract Manufacturing

CDMO for liquids and injectables

GMP Services

Logistics and packaging of medical devices or pharmaceuticals

Contract Synthesis

CDMO for organic, solid, low-molecular APIs

Neurological APIS

Neurological APIs

Drug substance synthesis in neurology

Global presence

We sell products to customers in over 40 countries. On the other hand, further countries on a total of four continents are supplied with sales partners, especially from the regions of the pharmerging markets.

Our Team

Management
Managing Director

Timo Bender

Managing Director

Thomas Erkinger

BUSINESS MISSION

Together for a brighter life

As a renowned Austrian manufacturer of generics and active ingredients, we have special expertise in the field of radiology and, as a contract manufacturer, are a trusted partner of the pharmaceutical industry. Our contrast agents for CT and MR are used worldwide for diagnostic imaging. Our products thus ensure optimal therapeutic decisions for patients.

Sanochemia utilises its entire value chain in order to implement appropriate market development strategies. The aim here is to identify approaches which will lead to an increase in the value of the company. This includes expansion into growing pharmaceutical markets, so-called pharmerging markets, as well as the development of core markets such as Germany and the future development of the US and Chinese markets. In addition, the company is continuously working on expanding its product portfolio in order to achieve greater market penetration.

Joint development with partner companies, employees and the region is an essential cornerstone of the company’s business activities. The company sees itself as a driving force for the region.

The current Covid-19 pandemic opens up particular strategic potential for Sanochemia in its home market: the company is one of the few companies in Austria to have maintained production, technology and know-how in Europe at all times.

As a manufacturer with an all-purpose production facility for APIs, SANOCHEMIA can make a significant contribution to domestic security of supply of critical pharmaceuticals.

In addition, we use resources, experience and knowledge relating to quality assurance and GMP requirements, as well as space to support other companies. With GMP Services and the SANOCHEMIA GMP Campus, external companies benefit from the proximity to a high-quality pharmaceutical environment.

Throughout the years
1990
Foundation of Sanochemia Pharmazeutika

From Medinger & Söhne and Waldheim Pharmazeutika to Sanochemia Pharmazeutika AG. The company has existed at the site in Neufeld for 130 years. In 1990 the name Sanochemia Pharmazeutika became an important name in the Austrian pharmaceutical industry.

1998
New synthesis facility

An important step into the future was taken with the opening of the new synthesis plant. Galantamine, the active ingredient synthesized exclusively by Sanochemia, is now used in Alzheimer’s therapy.

1999
IPO Frankfurt

The company is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. A listing on the Third Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange follows in 2010.

2000
Entry into radiology

With Scanlux®/Unilux® an important key product of today’s imaging division joins the company and proves to be a pioneer in the field of international market development.

2001
Expansion of the API facilities

Due to the success of the Synthesis Business Unit, the plant capacity is expanded to 2,000 liters.

2006
Market expansion

Further important milestones in Sanochemia’s development activities are achieved with the products tolperisone hydrochloride, PVP-hypericin and MR-Lux. The MRT contrast agent opens up new opportunities for market expansion.

2012
Opening US market

High-purity tolperisone hydrochloride was licensed in the USA this year from Sanochemia’s own development pipeline. The product is a muscle relaxant which has been further developed by Sanochemia.

2015
Product launch Cyclolux

With the approval of Cyclolux®, Sanochemia has succeeded in bringing the most important product from its own pipeline to market maturity. This covers a particularly low side-effect branch of macrocyclic MRI contrast agents.

2020
Sanochemia Pharmazeutika GmbH

The takeover by a consortium of companies ends the stock market listing and a new chapter begins for a strong pharmaceutical niche supplier in the heart of Europe.

2021
New business areas

The GMP Services business area is launched and new markets are opened up as part of a registration initiative. Sanochemia Labor is founded to perform Covid-19 PCR tests.

Organization

Since April 2020, SANOCHEMIA has been operating as a limited liability company and is now owned by a consortium consisting of EOSS Industries Holding (49.9%), b.e imaging (35.81%) and Wirtschaftsagentur Burgenland (14.29%).

EOSS Industries is an Austrian powerhouse in building and strategically developing companies. With its divisions Life Sciences, Future Commerce as well as Information Technology, the company serves large customers from numerous industries. EOSS combines the advantages of an integrated technology company with the innovative power and flexibility of a strategic holding company. The medium-sized company has its headquarters in Graz and locations in Austria, Germany and Southeastern Europe.

b.e. imaging is part of the bender group, which is a medium-sized family business with around 150 employees in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The bender group has been active in the fields of radiology and urology for many decades. The shareholders of the parent companies b.e.imaging and röntgen bender are the families Bender and Eckhardt. The two parent companies have shareholdings in several subsidiaries. Together they all form the bender group.

Wirtschaftsagentur Burgenland (WiBuG) is the economic agency of the federal state of Burgenland. Its aim is to promote the location Burgenland in a sustainable way. On the one hand, the WiBuG implements economic policy measures through subsidies, participations and active company settlements. On the other hand, it offers companies a comprehensive package of support programmes, its own financing companies and numerous services.

WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Compliance

social – ethical – economic – environmentally compatible

In addition to manufacturing products of the highest quality, Sanochemia is committed to fulfilling its responsibility towards society and the environment through fair, ethical, sustainable and transparent conduct. In addition to complying with all national and international laws and pharmaceutical guidelines, our employees are obliged to act in accordance with Sanochemia’s principles

Regular training sessions are held on the subject of quality compliance to ensure that all employees are familiar with the principles and adhere to them. Managers and employees are expected to act in a socially, ethically and economically responsible manner, conserve resources and protect the environment.

We operate worldwide through a large number of distribution partners. We work together with partners on quality compliance requirements and communicate our principles. We support them in complying with all regulatory requirements as well as in a responsible approach to resources, the environment and employees.

Avoidance: Adherence to policies, training, counseling of employees

Recognize Holistic risk assessment, internal audit program

Response: Clarification of incidents, definition of corrective and preventive measures, intensive cooperation with authorities

Drug Safety

We collect and document the occurrence of side effects with our products.

If you wish to report a side effect, please contact us. E-Mail: drug.safety@sanochemia.com

In the event of a side effect report, please provide us with at least the following data:

  • The product concerned
  • information on the patient (age, sex)
  • Possible detailed description of the side effect
  • Your contact details (for possible queries)
INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE
F&E and Cooperations

The needs of the patients, customers and medical personnel provide SANOCHEMIA with incentive for new developments. The priorities are innovation and further development, as well as the manufacture of active ingredients and liquid to semi-solid forms of dosage. The emphasis rests on products that help expand the portfolio and are manufactured in our own production facilities. These improve the value-added chain in the long term.

In our innovation department, we focus on constantly evaluating new ideas and modern technologies to promote future developments. This means that we seize the opportunity to further develop products and production processes, making them more efficient while minimizing our environmental footprint. Our development collaborations help to gain new perspectives and are an important pillar for Sanochemia’s future.

Fundamental research and the assessment of research concepts are covered by a network of partnerships with academic research institutions and biotech companies. Specialist knowledge in developmental and regulatory strategies was built up over many years. SANOCHEMIA performs new authorisation procedures in the field of pharmaceutical regulation every year, and maintains global authorisations as well. Numerous global patents and patent applications protect the company’s research and development ideas.

SUSTAINABILITY IS IMPORTANT TO US

Sanochemia environment and energy program

The goal of Sanochemia’s sustainability program is to produce in a more energy-efficient and resource-friendly manner. For us, this also includes the subject of innovation under the aspect of developing “green” processes. The basis for success is the creation of awareness among all employees and partner companies. Together, we are constantly improving the company’s sustainability footprint. The following cornerstones form the basis for our contribution to a better future:

We produce energy

With recovered combustion energy from the synthesis we supply the Viennese with heat in their households. Furthermore, we plan to implement an in-house photovoltaic system in 2022 with the aim of producing IOO% of the electricity required for our Plant 2 in Neufeld ourselves.

We plant trees

Our extensive property in Neufeld an der Leitha provides the best conditions for making a visible contribution to the environment. We use our large area to plant new trees and preserve the old stock.

We take care of resources

We are constantly optimizing our production and developing new processes to improve resource consumption: whether through the modernization of production facilities, optimization of night shutdowns, development projects for “green” active ingredient synthesis, investments in e-mobility or the digitalization of processes.

We stand for cooperation

Social responsibility, taking care of each other and working together for a better future. We stand for an open, appreciative and results-oriented work culture that always keeps environmental and sustainability aspects in mind.

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