Frederik Paulsen Jr

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Frederik Paulsen is a businessman, chairman of Ferring Pharmaceuticals.


Early life[edit]

Frederik Dag Arfst Paulsen was born on 30 October 1950 in Stockholm, Sweden. His father was Dr Frederik Paulsen Sr, the founder of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Frederik Paulsen grew up in Sweden, with his father and his father's second wife, Eva Wolf Frandsen – one of the founding researchers at Ferring. He attended school in Sweden and then went on to study chemistry at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany and business administration at Lund University in Sweden.[1]


Now based in Switzerland, Paulsen's business interests focus mainly on the Ferring Pharmaceutical Group where he has been the Chairman since 1988 and has worked since 1976.

During this period he established the company his father founded in Malmö, Sweden as an international operation. Today, Ferring has operations in over 50 countries and sells its products in more than 100 countries around the globe. Ferring specialized from the outset in peptide drugs and has continued in its commitment to their development.

Paulsen's business activities extend into other pharmaceutical and life science areas and publishing. Paulsen's other business interests include:

  • Polypeptide Laboratories BV
  • Nordic Group BV
  • Euro-Diagnostica AB
  • Editions Paulsen

In addition, he has interests in real estate and viticulture. Frederik Paulsen also holds several board memberships. He is for instance member of the board of directors of Philip Morris International.

Honours and awards[edit]

Paulsen is the recipient of numerous national honours and holds many and varied positions. Some of these are listed here:



  • Ehrenbürgerschaft, Honorary Citizenship, awarded by the Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany.[1]
  • Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honour, granted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of the French Republic.
  • Орден Дружбы, Order of Friendship presented by President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation.
  • Ridder af Dannebrogordenen, Cross of the Order of Chivalry granted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
  • Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse, Order of Merit Class I awarded by President Horst Köhler of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Нагрудный знак «Почетному полярнику», Honorary Polar Explorer Medal, Aspol, Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • Nga Dap Pel Gi Khorlo, The Order of the Druk Gyalpo, presented by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan.
  • Нагрудный знак Министерства Иностранных Дел Российской Федерации «За вклад в Международное сотрудничество», Decoration for Contribution to International Cooperation presented by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation

Interests and memberships[edit]

Paulsen holds the following memberships among others:

  • Member of the Board of MGIMO University, Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • Member of the Kuratorium Pro Universitate of Kiel University, Germany.
  • Trustee of the Salk Institute of Biological Research, La Jolla, California, USA.
  • Trustee of the South Georgia Heritage Trust, Dundee, Scotland.
  • Trustee of the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • Member of The Explorers Club, New York City, USA.
  • Honorary Member of the Polar Explorers Association, Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • Director of the Board of the Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum, Germany.
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC, USA.

Previous Affiliations[edit]

  • Member, Board of Overseers, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston MA, USA.


  1. ^ a b "CAU verleiht Professor Frederik Paulsen die Ehrenbürgerwürde" (in German). University of Kiel. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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