Milestones

Historic milestones dating from 1915 to 2014

 

2005-2014

Global presence
In 2009, Lundbeck acquired Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc., establishing Lundbeck’s own platform in the US, the world’s largest market for pharmaceuticals. Lundbeck also acquired Elaiapharm in France, thereby increasing the company’s production capacity. Sabril® was launched in the United States for the treatment of epilepsy.

In 2011, Lundbeck launched Saphris®/Sycrest® for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Further, we established a new research centre in China and made a historic agreement
with Japanese Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. to deliver innovative medicines targeting psychiatric disorders.

Patients in the United States suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome were given access to a new treatment option, with the launch of Onfi®. At the end of 2013, Lundbeck had approximately 6,000 employees in 57 countries.

In 2013, Lundbeck took its first steps into a new area, launching Selincro® in Europe for the treatment of alcohol dependence. Abilify Maintena® was launched in the US for the treatment of schizophrenia.

In early 2014, Brintellix® was launched in the US for the treatment of depression. 

1990-2004

Expansion propelled by Cipralex®/Lexapro® success
Lundbeck expanded rapidly in the 1990s, due to the success of Cipramil® and Cipralex®/Lexapro® for treatment of depression and anxiety. Cipralex®/Lexapro® was made available in about 100 countries worldwide and grew to account for the major share of Lundbeck’s business operations. Cipramil® was registered in more than 70 countries. 

To ensure its continued success, Lundbeck intensified its research activities and began in-licensing drugs from other pharmaceutical companies. This enabled Lundbeck to launch new drugs to take over when the patents on other drugs expired.

In 2003, Lundbeck acquired the US-based research company Synaptic, thereby establishing a research unit as a bridgehead in the US.

1975-1989

Lundbeck defines CNS as its primary focus
After 60 years of growth and development based on a wide assortment of products, Lundbeck decided at the end of the 1970s to phase out its existing agencies and cosmetics departments. After that, the company would focus on development and commercialization of drugs.

At the close of the 1980s, Lundbeck further intensified its business strategy focus. In future, Lundbeck would dedicate its efforts to development, manufacturing and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of brain diseases.

1960-1974

Expanding Lundbeck goes international
Lundbeck’s success with Truxal® for the treatment of schizophrenia increased the need for additional production capacity. In 1961, Lundbeck purchased a former creamery in Lumsås, Denmark, and soon began production of active compounds. Between 1960 and 1970, the number of employees doubled to 680, of whom approximately 100 were employed abroad. Lundbeck was becoming an international company.

1945-1959

The foundation of Lundbeck’s expertise
During the years following World War II, Lundbeck intensified its research, laying the foundation stone for the drugs which would later make Lundbeck world famous. In 1954, Mrs Grete Lundbeck, the widow of Lundbeck’s founder, established the Lundbeck Foundation for the purpose of ensuring and expanding Lundbeck’s business operations, as well as for providing financial support for primarily scientific objectives and the fight against diseases.

1930-1944

Expansion in manufacturing and research
In the 1930s, Lundbeck began production and packaging of pharmaceuticals in Denmark. To ensure sufficient manufacturing capacity, the company moved to the Copenhagen suburb of Valby in 1939, where Lundbeck headquarters is situated today.

Hans Lundbeck died in 1943, and Poul Viggo Petersen was employed to build up Lundbeck’s pharmaceutical research. Thanks to his efforts, Lundbeck was able to create a niche for itself in psychopharmaceuticals.

1915-1929

The first years as a Danish trading company
Hans Lundbeck founded an agency in Copenhagen on 14 August 1915. The company dealt in everything from machinery, biscuits, confectionery, sweeteners, cinema equipment and cameras to photographic paper and aluminium foil, besides renting out vacuum cleaners. During its first years, the business was operated as a trading company, but, from the mid-1920s, pharmaceuticals were added to its range of products. Eduard Goldschmidt was hired in 1924, bringing into the company a number of new agency contracts for drugs: suppositories, painkillers, etc. Cologne and creams were also added to the portfolio.

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Product milestones

 

Brintellix® 2014
Brintellix® is launched in the US for the treatment of depression.

 

Abilify Maintena® 2013
Abilify Maintena® is launched in the US for the treatment of schizophrenia.

 

Selincro® 2013
Selicro® is launched in Europe for the treatment of alcohol dependence.

 

Onfi® 2012
Onfi® is launched for the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (epilepsy).

 

Saphris®/Sycrest® 2011
Saphris®/Sycrest® is launched for the treatment of schizophrenia and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

 

Sabril® 2009
Sabril® is launched for the treatment of epilepsy.

 

Xenazine® 2008
Xenazine® is launched for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s disease.

 

Azilect® 2003
Azilect® is launched for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

 

Ebixa® 2003
Ebixa® is launched for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Cipralex®/Lexapro®2002
Cipralex® is launched for the treatment of depression.

 

Serdolect® 1996
Serdolect® is launched for the treatment of schizophrenia.

 

Cipramil® 1989
Cipramil® is launched for the treatment of depression.

 

Truxal® 1959
Truxal® is launched for the treatment of schizophrenia.

 

Lucosil® 1940
Lucosil® is launched for the treatment of urinary tract infections.

 

Epicutan® 1937
Lundbeck launches its first original drug, Epicutan® for the healing of wounds.

 

Not all products are marketed in all countries.

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