Head of Global Quality Management

Josef Künzle, PhD

 Josef Künzle, PhD

From 2007 until his early retirement in 2018, Josef Künzle worked for Basilea and has been Head of Global Quality Management with responsibility for all GxP areas since 2013. He had previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 18 years in the areas of analytical R&D, quality control and quality management. He has taken part in official inspections and global supplier audits.

After graduating in Chemistry, receiving a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Zurich and working as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University, he began his professional career in 1989 as Head of Laboratory in analytical R&D at Sandoz Pharma AG. Upon transfer to QC, he was responsible for the blockbuster Sandimmune, including a successful FDA inspection for Sandimmune Neoral. He was responsible for the Sandoz peptide products at Novartis Pharma AG.

In 1998, he joined the Carbogen group where he held a senior position and supported the development and strengthening of all aspects of quality. From the end of 2003, he was Technical Manager and Head of QM for the Quality department of Permamed AG. Since July 2019, as Chief Quality Officer at Swiss Rockets AG, he has been responsible for building an effective QMS.

Since 1997, he works as a GMP trainer and shares his expert knowledge at GMP training events on a regular basis.

He is author or co-author of the following chapter of GMP Compliance Adviser:

  • 14.A Sampling