Corporate Name Alfresa Pharma Corporation
Address Headquarters:
2-2-9 Kokumachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8575, Japan
TEL. +81-6-6941-0300 FAX. +81-6-6947-1548
Incorporation December 24, 1939
Capital 1 billion yen
President&CEO Koichi Shimada
Number of Employees 1,004 employees (As of April 1, 2019)
Description of Business Manufacture, import, export and marketing of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic products, medical devices, pharmaceutical raw materials, etc.
Banks MUFG Bank, Ltd.


Mar.1920: Nakashima Shigeru Shoten is founded as an importer and distributor of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Manila, the Republic of Philippines.
Dec.1939: Incorporated Nakajima Shigeru Shoten in Osaka, Japan.
Jul.1952: Corporate name changes to Nippon Shoji Kaisha, Ltd.
Jun.1991: Nippon Shoji Kaisha, Ltd. listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange.
Sep.1996: Trading began on the First Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange.
Oct.1998: Nippon Shoji and Showa Pharmaceuticals merge to form AZWELL Inc.
Dec.2000: AZWELL was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Sep.2003: AZWELL Inc. and Fukujin Co., Ltd. merged to found Alfresa Holdings Corporation.

Oct.2004: Alfresa Pharma Corporation was created.
Nov.2009: Opened Okayama Plant's Second Drug Formulation Facility.
Jun.2013: Opened the Diagnostic Reagent Research and Development Building at the Ibaraki Research Center.
Jan.2014: Opened Okayama Pharmaceutical Plant's Packaging Facility.
Dec.2014: Launched Midafressa, an anticonvulsant.
jan.2015: Renovated the Okayama Delivery Center.
Apr.2015: Took over the Akita Plant of Daiichi Sankyo Propharma Co., Ltd., and established Alfresa Fine Chemical Corporation.
Feb.2017: Launched AA01, a discrete clinical chemistry analyzer.

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