Seeing advantage as a European leader in eye health

About VISUfarma

VISUfarma is pan-European ophthalmic specialty pharmaceutical company with a clear mission; to bring global innovation to European eye health. We are an ambitious and fast growing ophthalmology player, commercialising a wide portfolio of products and devices across Europe. Our promise is to offer high quality products and to spread eye health innovation and knowledge, from across the globe, throughout Europe.

European platform, global network

Our platform is underpinned by the acquisition of the international commercial operations of Nicox SA (France) and Visufarma SpA (Italy) and will be further enhanced through strategic partnerships with global partners. VISUfarma fosters a unique network in the ophthalmology space which enables physicians, hospitals and medical centres to provide patients with the highest quality eye care.

VISUfarma was founded in 2016 and has a strong presence in five European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The company has more than 150 employees and its head office is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

“Our promise is to offer high quality products and to spread eye health innovation and knowledge”

Management

Tom J. van Haarlem, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Tom J. van Haarlem, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Tom has over 25 years of experience as an executive in various commercial, strategic and R&D leadership positions at global pharmaceutical companies in Europe and in the USA, where he lived most of his career. Prior to joining VISUfarma as Chief Executive Officer in 2016, Tom was President of Novaer in New Jersey (USA), which he founded in 2012 to develop a sustained drug delivery implant for glaucoma treatment.

In 2005, Tom founded Aerie Pharmaceuticals and was the company’s President and CEO through its subsequent IPO in 2013, having raised $74 million of venture capital funding since its inception. During that time, he built the company in New Jersey (USA) with R&D capabilities in North Carolina (USA), and led the successful discovery and development of a proprietary pharmaceutical products portfolio with a novel MOA for the treatment of glaucoma, now in late Phase III development.

At Pfizer, he managed the successful divestiture of the surgical ophthalmology franchise as VP of Global Operations. Before that, at Pharmacia, he was Vice-President leading commercial development of the specialty care portfolio, including ophthalmology products such as billion-dollar glaucoma blockbuster Xalatan. Tom led European marketing of cardiovascular products at Merck as part of a multi-billion franchise, achieving several years annual double-digit growth. Aside from his executive roles, Tom is also an experienced private investor, board director and advisor to venture capital and private equity firms. Tom qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Amsterdam and continued his business education at the NIMA Institute. A native Dutch speaker, Tom is fluent in English and German and is conversational in French.

Jacques Straathof

Chief Financial Officer

Jacques Straathof

Chief Financial Officer

Jacques brings over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. His impressive international career has placed him in executive and board positions based in Europe and North America.

Jacques’s experience, having held a wide range of finance positions in multinational companies around the globe, ensures he is well equipped to manage a pan European organization such as VISUfarma.

Jacques started off his career at ABN AMRO Bank and later on became country CFO for multinational corporations in different industries. He worked for DSM as a country and regional CFO in the life sciences industry covering production and distribution of food specialties and pharmaceutical products.

Taking advantage of his ability to adjust quickly to new international environments he decided to join Ahold, a Dutch based globally acting food retailer, where he became CFO for Spain. After reorganizing and spinning off the Spanish operations he became a corporate controller in the head office in Amsterdam. When moving back with his family to the Netherlands he became CFO and member of the Board at PLUS retail, the Dutch food retailer.

In 2012 Jacques became an Operating Partner of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a global private equity firm which, since its creation, has invested in over 365 global companies with revenues of approximately $50 billion.

Jacques joined VISUfarma in 2018, prior to which he was Chief Financial Officer for Alliance Healthcare Netherlands. Alliance Healthcare is part of Wallgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and is the first global pharmaceutical-led company focused on health and well-being.

Jacques, a native Dutch speaker, is fluent in English, German and Spanish. He holds a Master degree in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a post doctorate in Controlling from Vrije University of Amsterdam.

Fabrizio Giombini

Vice President Marketing & Sales

Fabrizio Giombini

Vice President Marketing & Sales

Fabrizio is an accomplished pharma executive, with extensive experience in roles spanning the bio-pharmaceutical industry. He has had a long and distinguished international career at Merck, Sharp, and Dohme. His various executive positions have demonstrated a proven track record of delivering outstanding results in complex markets, successfully launching new products, fostering digital transformation, and building high performing teams while establishing high level relationships with key customers and stakeholders.

In MSD Italy, Fabrizio held various leadership roles such as National Sales Director and Business Unit Director for several major therapeutic areas. He has also held the role of EMEA Regional Marketing Director, based at Merck’s headquarters in New Jersey, USA. Throughout his career Fabrizio has managed important transformational projects like the MSD & Shering-Plough integration, the creation of a new commercial model, and the leadership of the Customer & Sales Excellence Team in MSD Italy.

He joined VISUfarma in 2019 from MSD Romania, where he was Managing Director for their $120M business. In his four and a half years in Romania he accomplished a successful turn-around of the business operations and was able to elevate the subsidiary to be among the top growing companies in the market.

Fabrizio, an Italian national, holds a Masters degree in Biological Sciences, a specialty diploma in Microbiology from the University of Catania, Italy, and an MBA from ISDA in Rome, Italy.

Ingrid A.M. Jutte

Vice President Human Resources

Ingrid A.M. Jutte

Vice President Human Resources

Ingrid is a Human Resources executive with over 15 years of experience in complex, multinational environments responsible for various organisational levels and multiple functional areas. During her career, Ingrid has held positions in Human Resources, Marketing & Sales, Acquisitions & Divestments and was Company Secretary during times of strategic change.

Ingrid is highly experienced executive in international organisations. She has led large global virtual teams and has been involved in acquisition and divestment projects around the world, resulting in extensive project and change management expertise. Within the broad field of Human Resources, Ingrid’s key strengths lie in employee relations, organisational development, HR capability building and leadership development.
Most recently, Ingrid was Global HR Partner of AkzoNobel’s CFO and his direct reports. Headquartered in Amsterdam, AkzoNobel is a €15 billion multinational company with 45,000 employees in the field of specialty chemicals, paints and coatings. In this role Ingrid provided HR leadership, expertise including organisational design, talent management, remuneration, engagement, education & training, and partnership to the global Finance and Information Management functions with approximately 3,500 employees.

Ingrid holds a master degree in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management. A native Dutch speaker, Ingrid is fluent in English and German and is conversational in Swedish.

Diego Dirube

Vice President Supply Chain

Diego Dirube

Vice President Supply Chain

Diego is a Supply Chain professional with a wealth of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and food supplement industry. Throughout his career his experience holding positions of increasing complexity and responsibility demonstrate a proven track record of commercial excellence.

Diego brings experience from organizations such as Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Bausch + Lomb. His range of Supply Chain roles have honed his expertise in integral areas such as demand and supply planning, customer service, logistics, vendor management, and project and cost management in complex, multinational matrix organizations as well as in smaller organizations. Diego has a history of success managing several manufacturers and distribution centers in multiple European markets, aligning demand and supply.

His approach, developed throughout over 20 years of experience, of the ‘end-to-end’ Supply Chain is pivotal to succeed in fast growing organizations like VISUfarma. Each component, from manufacturing to customers as well as distribution and warehousing must ensure high service levels to satisfy market expectations and demand commitments in multiple markets in Europe and abroad. Synergy and team work, both internally and externally, are his ‘winners’ in terms of achieving overall goals. The motto ‘ONE TEAM ONE GOAL’ defines his attitude and behavior towards everyone both inside and outside the organization. In his own words “everybody plays a fundamental role and nobody is more or less but unique”. He is a strong believer that beyond organizational structures there are people and that they are the success factor of any operation in which there is engagement, empowerment, motivation and excitement about delivering health to the world. His experience, results, and unique approach in this field makes him an indispensable asset to VISUfarma HQ.

Diego joined VISUfarma in 2016 as Supply Chain Manager; he quickly demonstrated his expertise and ability and was brought on to join the Management Team as Supply Chain Director, and more recently has been promoted as part of the Executive Team with the role of VP Supply Chain. Diego, an Argentinian national, holds a degree in International Trade and Commerce with special certifications in Production and Inventory Management, Time Management, and Management Essentials. A native Spanish speaker, Diego is fluent in English and conversational in Dutch.

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Partners

GHO Capital

Global Healthcare Opportunities (GHO Capital) is a specialist healthcare investment adviser based in London. GHO Capital Fund I LP is the majority investor in VISUfarma.

Nicox

Nicox is an international ophthalmic R&D company and is a minority investor in VISUfarma.

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