Astra AB was founded in 1913 in Sweden by 400 doctors and apothecaries.
In 1993 the British chemicals company ICI de-merged its pharmaceuticals businesses and its agrochemicals and specialties businesses, to form Zeneca Group plc, and in 1999 Astra and Zeneca Group merged to form AstraZeneca plc.
AstraZeneca plc is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biologics company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world’s fifth-largest pharmaceutical company measured by 2009 prescription drug sales (after Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline) and has operations in over 100 countries.
It has a portfolio of products for major disease areas including cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, infection, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation. The company was founded in 1999 through the merger of the Sweden-based Astra AB and the UK-based Zeneca Group.
The company employs over 11,000 people at research facilities in the United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, France, Canada, India, China and Japan. The company’s largest single research and development site is at Alderley Park in Cheshire, England. Around 4,500 staff are based at the site.