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Grupo Farma began operations in Latin America beginning in 1941 in Caracas (Venezuela) representing Swiss pharmaceutical multinationals. Over the years it expanded its operations to other countries in the Andean region, Central America and the Dominican Republic. Grupo Farma currently belongs to Candoria Holding AG, a Swiss group of companies based in the city of Zug (Switzerland).
The 1940's
The beginning of Grupo Farma
◉ 1941: Alfredo Kuster, a Swiss businessman, created a company to represent Swiss pharmaceutical companies in Venezuela
◉ Strategic alliances with Sandoz (Switzerland) and the Swiss Serum and Vaccine Institute Berne (Switzerland)
The 1940's
The 1950's
Our History
◉ 1952: Inauguration of the Caracas headquarters
◉ 1955: Grupo Farma signed license agreements with J.R. Geigy and Hoffmann-La Roche and undertook the distribution of the Nestle milk “Guigoz”
The 1950's
The 1960's
Our History
◉ 1960: We began operations in Colombia, making Grupo Farma the first pharmaceutical transnational company of Andean origin
◉ 1964: The Berne Institute of Spain (Madrid) is founded in partnership with the Swiss Serum and Vaccine Institute
The 1960's
The 1970's
Our History
◉ 1973: Grupo Farma’s manufacturing plant in Caracas, Venezuela, is inaugurated, signing, that same year, exclusive licenses in Venezuela with Astra Laboratories (Sweden) and Kabi Vitrum (Sweden)
The 1970's
The 1980's
Our History
◉ 1981: The Galenic Development Department was created in Caracas
◉ Grupo Farma obtained international patents for Teobid® (theophylline ER) and Valpron® (valproic acid)
◉ It signed a manufacturing contract with The Sydney Ross Co. (USA) when the latter closed its plant in Venezuela
◉ An exclusive manufacturing and distribution contract for Alcon Pharmaceutical products was signed
◉ The Group licensed pharmaceutical lines from Sanofi (France), American Cyanamid–Lederle (USA), Marion Laboratories (USA), and Hausmann Laboratories, St. Gallen (Switzerland).
The 1980's
The 1990's
Our History
◉ 1991: Acquisition of the company Norwich Eaton (a pharmaceutical subsidiary of Procter & Gamble in Venezuela), which afterward became the OTC Division of Grupo Farma.
◉ 50th anniversary of Laboratorios Farma, Venezuela
◉ The Group obtained licenses for pharmaceutical lines from Astra (Sweden) for Colombia, Schwarz Pharma (Germany), and Grossman (later known as Valeant-Mexico)
◉ Co-Marketing with Pfizer (USA) in Venezuela
◉ Acquisition of the brand Yodora (Colombia)
◉ 1997: Grupo Farma Ecuador is founded, expanding our operations in the Andean region. In this same year, Grupo Farma continued its internationalization by launching activities in Central America.
The 1990's
The 2000's
Our History
◉ 2001: Purchase of Eli Lilly’s pharmaceutical production plant in Maracay, Venezuela. Beginning of its reconstruction.aracay
◉ Strategic alliance with Aché Pharmaceutical Laboratories (Brazil).
◉ 2002: We continued to grow in the Andean region by inaugurating Farmakonsuma in Peru
◉ 2003: Acquisition of the brand Milpax for the business units in the different countries where the Group is present.
◉ 2006: Laboratorios Farma in Venezuela celebrates its 65th anniversary.
◉ Strategic alliance with Laboratorios Liomont (Mexico), benefiting Grupo Farma in various countries
◉ 2008: The Group’s new manufacturing plant starts operating in Maracay, Venezuela
◉ 2009: Acquisition of Profarma in Zug, Switzerland, for the distribution and promotion of pharmaceutical products
The 2000's
The 2010's
Our History
◉ 2011: Acquisition of Gache laboratories in Caracas, Venezuela
◉ Laboratorios Farma,Venezuela, celebrates its 70th anniversary
◉ 2012: Acquisition of various brands of James Brown Laboratories, (Ecuador)
◉ 2018: Acquisition of Quiprofarma Laboratories, (Colombia)
◉ 2019: Acquisition of the Hepalive brand, (Ecuador)
◉ Agreements with companies that have biotechnological products for their registration and commercialization in the region
The 2010's
The 2020's
Our History
◉ 2020: Signing of an agreement for the marketing of Laboratorios Vifor products in Ecuador and Peru, and the renewal of the license agreement in Colombia, subscribed in 1984
◉ 2021: Laboratorios Farma, Venezuela, celebrates its 80th Anniversary
◉ 2023: Marketing and Distribution Agreement of P&G Health products in Venezuela
◉ Strategic alliance with Glaxosmithkline (GSK) in Venezuela
◉ Obtaining the INVIMA certification of Colombia
◉GrupoFarma of Ecuador celebrates its 25th anniversary
The 2020's

Grupo Farma

Our Mission

Develop, manufacture, market and represent quality products and services for the health and well-being of our consumers, supporting the medical and pharmaceutical trade union.

Our Vision

Achieving international recognition as a company that manufactures and markets top-quality healthcare products.

Our Values

Closeness

We cultivate family treatment among our members, through mutual respect, adaptation to change and joy for everything we do. We promote a work environment that invites you to stay in the company.

Transparency

We promote respect for current regulations and laws, integrity in our people, and ethical and responsible behavior towards society and the environment.

Commitment

We continually strive for excellence in everything we do. For this, we promote leadership, teamwork and innovation, which together with the achievement orientation, leads us to work responsibly to achieve the highest levels of quality for our products and services.