Since 1913, we are contributing to improving the health of millions of people around the world.
The founding year – Astra was founded in Sweden
Tamoxifen, ICI’s drug for treatment of breast cancer is registered in the USA
Sir James W. Black, discoverer of the beta-blocker and employee of ICI Pharmaceuticals, receives the Nobel prize for medicine
Zeneca Group PLC was formed when ICI demerged three of its businesses
Astra and Zeneca merge, creating AstraZeneca
Entry into biotechnology through acquisition of KuDOS, CAT, Arrow and MedImmune
AstraZeneca acquires the rights to the respiratory division of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall
AstraZeneca acquires the respiratory division of Takeda Pharmaceutical
Today, AstraZeneca employs 70,600 people (as of 2019) in over 100 countries around the world. The company has been active in Switzerland since 1976, since 1999 with AstraZeneca AG in Baar, in the canton of Zug.