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About OtsukaTimeline of Otsuka's History
1994~2003

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  • PhPharmaceutical business
  • NCNutraceutical business

1996

Corp

Fukuroi Factory completed

Otsuka Beverage established the factory and transferred it to Otsuka Pharmaceutical in 2008. It produces mainly POCARI SWEAT.

NC

Taiwan Otsuka Beverage Co., Ltd. (now King Car Otsuka Co., Ltd.) established in Taiwan

1997

NC

Otsuka Pharmaceutical (H.K.) Ltd. established in Hong Kong

P.T. Kapal Indah Otsuka (now P.T. Amerta Indah Otsuka) established in Indonesia

1998

Corp

Otsuka Museum of Art established in Tokushima
The world's first museum featuring art replicas on ceramic panels

The Otsuka Museum of Art houses more than 1,000 exquisitely crafted replicas of masterpieces of Western art from more than 190 museums in 25 countries. Rendered with special technology developed by Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics Co., Ltd., the replicas are the same size as the originals.

Ph

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd. (OPEL) established in U.K.

The beginning of the growth era in Otsuka's European business

1999

Corp

Tokushima Itano Factory completed

The Tokushima Itano Factory began as a pharmaceuticals production site and currently also produces nutraceutical products.

Ph

Global alliance on ABILIFY with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

A co-development and co-marketing contract was signed with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for the antipsychotic ABILIFY (aripiprazole) globally.

2000

Corp

Tatsuo Higuchi appointed president of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Ph

UBIT launched

Diagnostic agent for H. pylori infection

2001

Corp

Otsuka International Asia Arab (OIAA) Division established

The OIAA Division was established to build a strong and integrated business foundation for group companies in these regions, with a new perspective and accelerated decision-making.

2002

Corp

EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Established

EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical supports activities related to medical care and health through enteral nutrition.

Ph

ABILIFY launched in U.S.

Antipsychotic drug

NC

Tianjin Otsuka Beverage Co., Ltd. established in China

2003

Corp

Otsuka Welfare Clinic established in Pakistan

The clinic provides free medical care and treats a variety of illnesses for Afghan refugees. Otsuka Pharmaceutical and other Otsuka Group companies jointly set up the clinic.

Ph

Otsuka (China) Investment Co., Ltd., (OCI) and Otsuka Beijing Research Institute (OBRI) established

NC

50th anniversary of Oronine H Ointment

Amino-Value launched