Georg Mathis is a doctor of veterinary medicine with a PhD in pharmacology. He obtained an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany and the GSBA Zurich in Switzerland. After medical practice, he spent ten years in medical research. For the past 20 years he has been active in various sectors of the healthcare industry, mostly in executive positions. He was Medical Adviser at Ciba Vision Ophthalmics, Managing Director of Sana Care, a Swiss HMO and CEO of Sucampo Pharma. In 2002 he founded his own boutique CRO, Appletree Ltd, in Switzerland, with a subsidiary in the EU, Luxembourg, which specializes in clinical research in ophthalmology and medical devices and is predominantly active in the United Kingdom, and Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.