Press release - The French Health and Sports Minister grants the founder of the Octapharma Group, Mr. Wolfgang Marguerre, the French Legion of Honor during a visit to Octapharma' s facilities in Lingolsheim, France.


On April 18, 2009, the founder of the Octapharma Group, Mr. Wolfgang Marguerre, was granted “les insignes de Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur”, the highest French military and civilian medal of Honor, by the French Minister of Health and Sports, Madame Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin. The title was granted in recognition of Mr. Marguerre's entrepreneurial spirit as Chairman and founder of a leading European plasma fractionator.

In her speech to Mr. Marguerre, the Health & Sports Minister also referred to his strong association with the State of France through his ancestors, his MBA studies at INSEAD (Institut européen d'administration des affaires) and the fact that he and his family lived for several years in France.

The Minister further commemorated the fact that Octapharma is a major employer in the region of Alsace currently employing 330 people and intending to hire another 30 during the year 2009.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Marguerre expressed his gratitude for having received the medal of honor and thanked the employees of Octapharma for their contribution to the success of the Octapharma Group.

The Octapharma Group is an independent, Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company with a global reach. Octapharma’s core business is the development, production and sale of high quality human proteins for the treatment of life threatening diseases.

The group employs more than 3’000 people in 28 countries and owns five modern, state-of-the-art production facilities in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and Mexico respectively. Sales turnover in 2008 reached Euro 886 million with an EBIT of Euro 256 million.

Kim Björnstrup
Vice Chairman
Octapharma Group

About the French Legion of Honor
The “Legion d’Honneur”, is a French award that is generally although not exclusively awarded for military service. It is the highest decoration bestowed by the nation.

The "Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur", was created on May 19th 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte,  First Consul of the First Republic.

The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five various degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand'Croix (Grand Cross).

The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order and appoints all other members of the Order - by convention, on the advice of the Government. Its principal officers are the Chancellor and Secretary-General.

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