History of Chugai Pharmaceutical

Understanding Chugai’s history that fostered the business philosophy “Innovation all for the patients”

Chugai merged with Nippon Roche in 2002 based on a strategic alliance agreement with Roche.

  • History of Chugai Pharmaceutical
  • History of Nippon Roche
1960
1961
Pharmaceutical Affairs Law/Pharmacists Law announced
Universal Health Insurance system established in Japan
1960
Chugai

Constructed a general research laboratory (Takada Research Laboratory, Tokyo) (Sep.)

1960
Nippon Roche

Constructed Ohta Plant

1965
Chugai

Start of the collaborative research with Kanazawa University on OK-432(now “Picibanil®) that activates immunological cells

1966
Chugai

Kimio Ueno appointed as Representative Director and President (Apr.)

1966
Nippon Roche

Hiring of university graduate started on regular basis

1967
Chugai

Established Fukushima Kasei Co., Ltd. (Oct.)

1967
Nippon Roche

Relocated headquarters to the Kokusai Building in Tokyo;
Constructed Kamakura Plant (Kanagawa Prefecture)

1969
Chugai

The company name changed to Eiko Kasei Co., Ltd. following the merger of Fukushima Kasei Co., Ltd. and Fukuma Kasei Co., Ltd. (Nov.)

1970
Nippon Roche

J.J. de Pury appointed as Representative Director and President

1971
Chugai

Constructed the Fujieda Plant (Shizuoka Prefecture) (Mar.)

1971
Nippon Roche

Constructed Fukuroi Plant (Shizuoka Prefecture); Established Diagnostics Division

1973
Nippon Roche

A.F. Leuenberger appointed as Representative Director and President

1975
Chugai

Launched Picibanil®, an anti-cancer agent and anti-lymphangioma agent (Oct.)

1979

Learn more about the turning points of this age

  1. From non-prescription to prescription pharmaceuticals (1960 - 1970s)
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