About us

Technical agility. Responsive solutions.

Saneca Pharma is a leading contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) and an expert in developing and manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and finished dosage forms.

As Slovakia´s largest pharmaceutical company  with a team of over 600 employees, Saneca Pharma is your ideal CDMO partner. We combine technical agility with a responsive team that adds real value to your development and manufacturing projects.

Our wide range of technologies and expert team lets  customers  access a unique breadth of service, all out of one location in the heart of Europe. Saneca Pharma has the flexibility to develop and manufacture a variety of products, including APIs as well as  liquid, semi-solid and solid finished dosage forms.

Saneca Pharma has a long history of developing sophisticated formulations to enhance patient compliance and product effectiveness, letting us  provide responsive solutions to your challenges. We also have a strong commitment to quality acquired from our big pharma heritage. Find out more about our history.

With specialist expertise in opiate development and manufacturing, we have the experience, technologies and capabilities to meet your farm to pharmacy supply chain needs . This means our customers experience  seamless service, from  sourcing of materials to  development, manufacture and distribution of APIs and finished dosage forms,  dramatically reducing delivery times.

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Why we manufacture in Slovakia

Saneca Pharma´s location in Hlohovec, Slovakia brings our customers a number of benefits.

Over the last 20 years, Slovakia has gained a reputation as a centre for high quality technical manufacturing and engineering.

Cost effective service
Slovakia´s low inflation and steady economy ever since it  joined the European Union in 2004 and adopted the Euro in 2009 allows  manufacturers in the country to provide a cost effective service.

Talented teams
Slovakia´s  highly skilled local workforce has attracted large scale transport and electronics manufacturers as well as pharmaceutical companies.

Convenient location
Our  Hlohovec site is convenient and  easily reachable from  both Bratislava, Slovakia´s capital, and Vienna, Austria, with Hlohovec benefiting from easy transport links and access to all central European hubs.

Environmental performance
Slovakia shares the spectacular Carpathian Mountains with its neighbouring countries,  helping to foster a sense of concern for the country´s  environment. Saneca Pharma has embraced it,  becoming  ISO140001 accredited  for its environmental performance.

Management team

At Saneca Pharma, our people are at the heart of what we do. Our team´s expertise lets us consistently provide our customers with responsive solutions.

Matúš Kutný PHOTO

Matúš Kutný
Matúš has started his professional career in Slovakofarma Hlohovec, where he returned after nearly 18 years in August 2018, that time in a position of the CEO of the contract manufacturing organisation Saneca Pharmaceuticals. Matúš has gained a lot of valuable experience in executive positions from various pharmaceutical companies in Slovakia, out of which he has left the biggest trace in HBM Pharma Martin. Matúš has the degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava.


Ľubica Herdová
Site Director, Hlohovec
Ľubica joined Saneca Pharma in 2013 as plant manager. With more than 35 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, Ľubica is an expert in pharmaceutical technologies and operating systems. She has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree  from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.


Ondrej Dragún
Chief Financial Officer

Ondrej joined Saneca in April 2017 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is a highly experienced finance professional who has worked in various industries such as medical, automotive and audit consulting. Ondrej has a degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.


Jan Baťka
API Sales Director
Jan joined Saneca to look after API sales activities in 2015. He has more than 15 years of experience in API business working in executive positions at manufacturing as well as for sales & marketing organizations selling their products across the globe.  Jan has got Master´s Degree in Economics at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.


Ever since the Saneca Pharma site was established in the 1940s, the focus has been on high quality pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. With its product range and a responsive team of experts, Saneca Pharma has evolved to become the ideal CDMO partner for pharmaceutical companies in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia.

Our site´s history

  • 1941 –  Originally established as a facility to produce morphine from local poppy straw.
  • 1950s –  Became Slovakofarma – sole regional hub for the manufacture of an extensive range of pharmaceutical products.  Slovakofarma  remains to this date a well respected brand  locally .
  • 1993 – Slovakofarma  privatised and later merged with Czech company Léčiva  to become Zentiva.
  • 2009 – Sanofi purchased Zentiva and invested further in the Hlohovec site.
  • 2013 –  Sold to Wood & Company and Saneca Pharma  born as an independent CDMO.
    Did you know that Saneca means ‘health’ in Esperanto and was chosen to emphasise the company´s international vision .
  • 2016 – Wood & Company continues investing into the site, expanding its morphine extraction capacity.


Quality is at the heart of everything we do.And doing so has given Saneca Pharma an outstanding quality compliance record.

Our drug development quality control services are based on European Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) principles.
Saneca Pharma also follows guidance from other national and international regulatory boards, such as:

  • Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Agency (PMDA)
  • Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS)
  • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Federal State Institution ‘State Institute of Drugs and Good Practice’ of Russia (FSI SID & GP)

Our quality systems have been developed by our specialist quality unit and all our departments are actively involved in maintaining the highest quality standards to meet your needs. As part of our drug development quality control services, we have four qualified persons (QP)  responsible for releasing products to markets, ensuring this step in the process is quick and efficient.

Our manufacturing authorisations and GMP certificates cover:

  • Production, testing and release of finished pharmaceuticals
  • Production, testing and release of investigational medicinal products
  • Import from non-EU areas
  • Production and testing of APIs
  • Certificate of good distribution practice (GDP)
  • Authorisation for handling of opiates and precursors

Our quality team can also advise you on product transfer and development strategy, as well as providing support when  compiling  quality and technical agreements.
To find out more about our drug development quality control services, contact us.


Indulona is a legendary Czechoslovak cream with more than 65-year history.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetics products in our portfolio, feel free to contact us.


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