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Santen in Europe


blue dots: Santen subsidiaries / orange dots: Santen representative offices


During the last decade, Santen has strengthened its presence in Europe to become an important player in the field of ophthalmology.


Santen is one of the few international companies that specialize primarily in ophthalmology. At present, Santen is working with key university research centers and European key opinion leaders to better understand the pathology and disease. Ultimately their work will be used to help facilitate diagnosis and management of this condition.


Santen is committed to protecting and improving vision, especially in ophthalmic disorders requiring new treatment approaches.


Key figures about Santen Europe​

  • In existence for over 20 years 
    • 1994: Germany
    • 1997: Finland & Scandinavia (acquisition of Oy Star AB)
    • ​2012: France (acquisition of Novagali Pharma)
    • 2014/15: Full European presence
    • 2015: European headquarters (Geneva/Switzerland)
  • Presence in 40 countries with over 600 employees 
  • 2 R&D Centres: Tampere (Finland)  &  Novagali Innovation Centre (Evry/France)
  • 1 manufacturing site: Tampere (Finland)
  • Products exported to Europe, MENA and USA