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Octapharma in a nutshell

Headquartered in Lachen, Switzerland, Octapharma is one of the largest human protein manufacturers in the world, developing and producing human proteins from human plasma and human cell lines.

We employ more than 11,000 people worldwide to support the treatment of patients in 118 countries with products across three therapeutic areas: Immunotherapy, Haematology, and Critical Care.

Why Octapharma?

Our products help more than 800,000 people suffering from rare diseases or critical traumatic injuries. We are proud of the work we do and committed to ensuring that our people reach their full potential so that we can continue to advance human life.

We offer attractive benefits, competitive salary and a multicultural working environement filled with highly engaged people driven by a common purpose.

Shared mission

We develop new health solutions that help advance human life. With our treatments, patients can live the life they want to live.

Career development

In addition to learning and development programmes, we provide a stimulating and challenging environment where you can pursue personal and professional growth and a fulfilling long-term career.

Work-life balance

Our employees have always been our greatest asset. Your well-being is a priority to us. We offer flexible working time, benefits and activities to support your physical and mental health.

Life at Octapharma

“Curiosity is key for me - being keen to understand new topics, interested in continuously learning new skills and eager to explore new or better ways to work. I never get bored - there are so many challenges waiting to be tackled."

Dagmar Krause
Training Coordinator and Compliance Production Unit

Life at Octapharma

“Here, "work hard, play hard" hits the nail on the head. I’ve had the opportunity to move from being an external service provider to an internal manager, where I’ve been accepted and appreciated by my colleagues, and I’m grateful for that opportunity."

Alexander Slanina
Head of Technical Unit

Life at Octapharma

"Diversity is central for me. Octapharma offers a broad and interesting field of activity, as well as the opportunity to develop within the company and expand your knowledge and skills. In my case, for example, that has meant beginning my career in production, then moving through quality control to IT, where I am today after more than 30 years."

Rene Akimesko
Database Expert

Life at Octapharma

“My best moment at Octapharma was when, in addition to my work as an operator in packaging, I was asked to take charge of the project to support refugees from Ukraine. Octapharma remembers that we are part of a wider community."

Andreas Bading
Packaging Department

Life at Octapharma

"We are developing and manufacturing high quality plasma products. Our jobs can be very challenging, but what’s especially important is that it’s for the benefit of the patient – and that’s the highest reward."

Andrea Heger
Team Leader Analytic, R&D

Life at Octapharma

“35 years of working for Octapharma speaks for itself: I was lucky enough to be part of Octapharma Vienna right at the start and have worked in various, very interesting areas. I really appreciate that, despite its enormous growth, this is still a family-run company offering a secure job. I’ve always been encouraged to develop myself over the years and Octapharma has become something like my second home."

Astrid Neuburger
Head of Production Documentation

Life at Octapharma

“Octapharma has grown from a small group of people to a worldwide organisation by producing life-supporting medicines for people who could not live without them. That’s my idea of a successful organisation.”

Erdahil "Eddy" Oktay
Corporate Quality Plasma Specialist

Life at Octapharma

“I’ve got a varied range of tasks, opportunities to develop myself professionally and, of course, a great group of colleagues who always greet me with a smile. I simply feel good here."

Dana Grusser
GMP Officer

Life at Octapharma

“In research, we always have to think several steps ahead. For me, the exciting aspect of my work in R&D is being able to think outside the box, permanently try out new things and always know that everything I do ultimately improves people’s health and well-being. That’s my WHY for Octapharma.”

Gerhard Gruber
Deputy Head of R&D Plasma Vienna

Life at Octapharma

“I started in the Validation department immediately after leaving school in 1992, then moved to the Materials Management department two years later, and I’ve been able to develop constantly since then. I love the daily challenges and changes and enjoy passing my knowledge on to the next generation.”

Ronald Fröschl
Head of Material Management

Why we do what we do

Octapharma was founded in 1983 in the belief that haemophilia patients deserve access to better products. In the four decaces since, we have grown into a global company, driven by the same belief.

Get to know some of our patients and get inspired by their stories!

Surviving the unknown

Nelly, the mother of three children living in Botswana in southern Africa, knows only too well what a lack of access to medicine and medical capabilities can mean. Sebaga, her youngest daughter, was born with von Willebrand disease (VWD) but was only diagnosed seven years later. Watch their story!

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Pushing through the pain: the long road to dermatomyositis diagnosis

For Kellie Jo, the journey to her dermatomyositis diagnosis began in 2011. Watch her story to learn how finding the right diagnosis and treatment changed her life.

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You can't stop him now

Haemophilia can be a significant lifetime burden in terms of quality of life. Watch Preston's story to learn how access to treatment has helped him live an active life despite haemophilia.

My life with VWD: Making a difference

Six months after she was born, Kerri was diagnosed with Von Willebrand Disease, a genetic blood clotting disorder that affects about 1% of all people. Growing up with VWD was not easy. Watch her story!

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