More than 140 years of experience

Our history

Arevipharma’s roots go back to the year 1874. The “Salicylic Acid Factory Dr. F. von Heyden” produced the world’s first active ingredient manufactured by a technical process, initially in Dresden and later just outside the city in Radebeul, the current headquarters and production site of Arevipharma GmbH. By the turn of the century, the company already had 600 employees, and 20 years later more than 3,000. After inflation and economic crisis, extensive modernization and investments were made at the beginning of the 1930s, including the industrial synthesis of silicones. After the end of the war and the dismantling of most of the plants, production was resumed as early as October 1945.

A few years later, the company was nationalized. The merger of the most important pharmaceutical companies in Dresden and the surrounding area resulted in the Arzneimittelwerk Dresden (AWD). Since the 1960s, the focus has been on the synthesis of highly effective cardiovascular and psychopharmaceuticals, phytochemistry and phytotherapeutics.

The multi-purpose plant for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates went into operation in 1979. Up to 100 different syntheses for more than 45 active pharmaceutical ingredients can be carried out in it. 11 years later, AWD was privatized and specialized in the development and production of synthetic active ingredients. Extensive fundamental modernization of all areas followed.

At the end of the 1990es the first successful audit of the Radebeul synthesis site by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took place. Two years later, the production plant for the manufacturing of active ingredients for tumor therapy was up and running. In 2004, Degussa AG sold the active ingredient production to HEXAL AG. Following the takeover by Novartis, the Radebeul synthesis site was spun off in 2007 and Arevipharma GmbH was founded.

Arevipharma's history

Since almost 150 years

  1. Acquisition by the South Korean Yonsung Group

  2. Reestablishment as a privately owned medium-sized API company

  3. Sale to Hexal

  4. Sale to Degussa-Huels

  5. Sale to ASTA Medica

  6. Arzneimittelwerk Dresden was one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the RWG, with fully integrated production of active ingredients, finished drugs, and research into its own new drugs

  7. Foundation and world's first large-scale production of an active ingredient (salicylic acid)

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