We are organised as follows

Board of directors


Temporarily represented by the Board of directors

Board Members

Catherine Leprieur – Business Intelligence, Market Analysis & Teaching

Christelle Robert – University Professor in Chemical Ecology

Marc Schmid – Regulatory Affairs Expert

Ketaki Sood – Global Human Resources Business Leader


Managing director

Marie Gaumet, PharmD, PhD


The SwAPP Commission for Professional Development (CPD) is installed by requirement of the by-laws. It is responsible for all matters concerning training and continuous education. It supervises and implements the SwAPP Life Long Learning (LLL) programme. This programme includes the SwAPP certification for Continuous Professional Training and the SwAPP Professional Diplomas: Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine and the Specialty Diplomas. The representatives of the CPD evaluate and decide on the applications submitted for the SwAPP diplomas.

In case an oral examination is necessary to fulfil the requirements receiving the Diploma an ad hoc Examination Committee will be elected.

The CPD also reviews the yearly documentation of Continuous Professional Training.

The CPD accredits external courses and course organisers.

Members of the Commission for Professional Development are:

Ana Brake, MSc, PhD

Jeannette Achermann, MD, PhD

Annette Mollet, Pharmacist, PhD

Corinne Wenger; Pharmacist

SwAPP Public Relation (PR) and Task Force (TF) Social Media

This permanent function is responsible for the promotion of SwAPP with all partners in pharmaceutical medicine and health care. In meetings, workshops and by internet we strengthen the professional image of SwAPP and publicise SwAPP activities. We maintain the SwAPP homepage as a user friendly, informative and interactive platform for our members.

TF Social media

The task force establishes networks on LinkedIn

Marc Schmid (chair)

Christelle Robert

SwAPP Events and Task Forces “Special events”

The permanent function is responsible for the organisation and coordination of events for for knowledge transfer, Exchange of Expertise, practical advice and networking among participants in the fields of Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance and others. Professionals from industry (Pharma, Biotech, Medtech), authorities (Swissmedic, BAG/OFSP etc.) and clinic will provide expert opinions and exchange ideas with the participants. In order to maintain a high quality standard and to cover a broad field of expertise with these events, we would like to encourage you to actively participate in our ad-hoc or permanent event task forces (TF).

Marie Gaumet (chair)

TF SwAPP/sgpm Event: Joint Annual meeting “Pharmaceutical Medicine”

This task force organises an annually recurring scientific event in the field of pharmaceutical medicine together with sgpm (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für pharmazeutische Medizin). Responsible members of the organising team may vary annually according to the chosen topic.

TF Exchange of Expertise (ExEx)

This task force organises an annually recurring ExEx symposium in different fields of therapeutic products development.
The make-up of the organizing team may vary annually according to the chosen topic.

Marie Gaumet (lead), Doris Penna

TF Regional Roundtable (RR)

This Task force organises Regional Roundtables in German or French in different specialisation areas

Dorothee Heer (manging director, chair) Marie Gaumet (board member),
2019: Katharina Oehler, Doris Penna, Katja Starke, Stefanie Zaugg,
2020: Jeannette Achermann, Katharina Oehler, Doris Penna, Corinne Wijkström, Stefanie Zaugg,

TF Career Development (TF CD)

The task force operates a career platform concerning questions and opportunities in Pharma, Biotech and Medtech. The platform shall assist newcomers to understand different job functions and senior professionals to plan their continued professional development. Some tools have already been developed ( Further tools showing the diversity of job opportunities are in progress.

Marie Gaumet (Managing Director), Irina-El-Ali Lukas Studer, Frank Wierckx

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