International Team of Experienced and Committed Professionals

Jiri Hermanek

Chief Executive Officer

Successful BioPharma executive with a scientific background and extensive experience managing the CEE region over the past 15 years for multiple pharmaceutical companies, including Genzyme, Alexion and Amicus Therapeutics. Jiri is a native Czech speaker and is fluent in English and Russian. A proud father of three children and grandfather of two grandchildren, he enjoys playing ice hockey, tennis and golf as well as mountaineering, skiing and reading historical novels in his free time.

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Libor Fronek

General Manager Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland

Successful BioPharma manager with extensive experience overseeing and managing the CEE orphan drugs market over the past 8 years for multiple pharmaceutical companies, including Cephalon, Alexion and Orphan Europe. Libor is a Czech native speaker and is fluent in English and Polish. He is a proud father of three and enjoys playing ice hockey as well as spending time with his family in his free time.

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Neven Kolaric

General Manager Croatia and Bulgaria

Experienced pharmaceutical industry professional with both a medical and business background, with 10 years of experience in the area of rare diseases and orphan drugs, having worked with various companies, including Octapharma, Alexion and Orphan Europe. He is a native Croatian speaker, fluent in English and Russian. Neven has a son, enjoys skiing, sailing and motorcycle riding.

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Srdjan Simic

General Manager Slovenia, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania

Experienced BioPharma manager with a scientific background and proven track record in managing multiple markets within the CEE region over the past 10 years for several orphan drug companies, including Celgene, Takeda, Alexion and Orphan Europe. Srdjan is a native Serbian speaker who is also fluent in English, German and Slovenian, and is currently based in Slovenia. A father of two kids, he likes spending time outdoors with his family (which includes two very energic dogs), enjoys trail running, a good book or a documentary and lately also surfing.

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Tamas Vas

General Manager Hungary and Romania

A pharmacist by education, Tamas has strong expertise and extensive experience in the area of rare diseases in Hungary and the CEE region. Since 2002 he has worked for different orphan drug companies in the region, including Genzyme, Alexion, Santhera and Amicus Therapeutics. Tamás is a native Hungarian speaker, fluent in English. He is a happy father to a son and enjoys playing sports, going to the theatre and reading in his free time.

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Eugenia Milicin

Country Manager Romania

A successful and efficient professional coming with experience of almost 16 years in pharmaceutical industry in companies like Johnson and Johnson, Schering-Plough and Genzyme, working in sales, marketing and medical areas. Working with innovative and orphan products from registration to reimbursement and promotion within Genzyme and having 5 years’ experience in managing Genzyme Romania. Established, administrated and led with great results a Rep office of an international company. Senior leadership focused on achieving the set goals, interpersonal relations and communication. Eugenia is native in Romanian and fluent in English.

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Mila Elisseeva

Country Manager Bulgaria

Successful BioPharma executive with medical background and 20 plus years of experience in pharma companies like Pfizer and Sanofi. Long-term professional expertise in market access and commercialization of innovative products in different therapeutic areas – rare diseases, cardiology, neurology, immunology, rheumatology & vaccines. Mila is native Bulgarian speaker, fluent in English and Russian. She loves to spend time with her family and enjoys skiing & sailing.

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Zoltan Vilimszky

Project manager Hungary

Zoltan is a pharmacist by education, with 27 years of experience in BioPharmaceutical industry. He has strong expertise in commercialization of biotechnology products in Rare Diseases, Haemato-Oncology, Neurology and Transplantation. Zoltan contributed to reimbursement of several orphan drugs in Hungary during past 15 years. He worked for multiple leading pharmaceutical companies like Roche, Sanofi, Genzyme, Novartis and Merck, mainly in Hungary but also in Romania & Bulgaria. Proud father of two children, he enjoys cooking, riding bikes and reading. Zoltan is a Hungarian native speaker and is fluent in English.

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Eva Svobodova-Machajova

Medical Director CEE

A physician and psychotherapist by the education with more than 25 years of experiences in pharma industry and more than 15 years in Medical Affairs at Sanofi Genzyme, Merck and Amicus Therapeutics companies. Eva is a native Czech speaker and she is fluent in English and Russian. She is also a proud mother of three boys, enjoying her free active time together with her family, kids, at the garden and small vineyard.

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Ian D. Gane

Business Development

Ian has over 30 years of experience working within the pharmaceutical industry during which time he has worked for five major companies undertaking a wide variety of roles primarily within the fields of Oncology, Virology, Cardiovascular, Renal Medicine, Rare Disease and Global Corporate Brand Strategy.
Since September 2013 Ian has worked as an Independent Consultant and Mentor across several European countries which has enhanced his understanding of the value of cultural diversity within our industry.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, cooking, and taking long walks with his wife and their dogs.

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Katarzyna Salewicz-Krajewska

Medical Lead Poland

Katarzyna is a senior manager with 20 years experience in pharma industry, possessing broad expertise in medical, marketing and market access areas in innovative Pharma companies like Roche, Novartis and Biogen within fields of Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Haemato-Oncology and Transplantation. She managedbuilding and executing commercial go-to-market strategies tailored to Polish Healthcare System. Team leader as well as good team member contributor, developing culture focused on aspiration, respect and cooperation.
Katarzyna is a biotechnologist by education as well as Master of Business Administration in Polish Healthcare System; native in Polish and fluent in English.
She enjoys time with her family, western style horse riding, Italian culture as well as exploring Asia countries.

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Jakub Skupien

Commercial Lead Poland

An experienced BioPharma manager with proven track record in creating and implementing market access and marketing strategies as well as launching innovative products on the Polish pharmaceutical market for companies such as Janssen-Cilag and Celgene. Working with innovative and orphan products at different stages of their life cycle, from the reimbursement process to commercialization in the hospital market.
Jakub is a native Polish and fluent in English. A proud father of three children, in his spare time he rides a bike, plays tennis, enjoys skiing, sailing and motorsports.

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Irena Stastny

Irena Stastny

Pricing and Market Access Director Adria Region

Successful pharma professional with 15 years of experience in rare diseases and orphan drugs field and 10 years of experience in leading market access and pharma corporate communication.
She worked for multiple leading pharma companies like Jonson & Johnson, Lilly, Genzyme and Abbvie .
Strong communicator with high developed negotiation skills who builds relationship with all levels of management and stakeholders. Mother of two children, she loves to spend time with her family and enjoys skiing, riding bike and reading.
Irena is a Croatian native speaker, fluent in English.

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Ardian Hasani

Ardian Hasani

Area Manager North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo

Pharmacist by education, is a seasoned pharmaceutical professional with more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry gained in the company Krka. d.d. in multiple sales roles, recognized through the company’s merit system. He possesses in depth knowledge of Macedonian, Albanian and Kosova market, bringing much appreciated knowhow and competitive edge to ExCEEd Orphan in these non-EU, but very important markets within the CEE.
Ardian is native in Albanian and Macedonian languages, fluent in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Dedicated family man, father of two is a skiing, chess and IT enthusiast.

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Ivana Halec

Ivana Halec

Area Manager – Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Experienced pharmaceutical industry professional with both a scientific and business background, with over 12 years of experience working in sales and marketing roles in innovative companies such as Shire, Takeda and Roche. She is a native Croatian speaker, fluent in English.
In her free time, Ivana enjoys boxing, fitness, mountaineering and watching documentary movies.

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