Orion’s medicine shop is founded in the centre of Helsinki.
The famous paediatrician Arvo Ylppö starts to tackle rickets and other children’s diseases.
Finland fights diphtheria, and Orion begins to manufacture vaccinations.
Opiates such as heroin were all-purpose medicines during the war. Orion experiments with the wonder-drug penicillin.
Finland’s main public health problem is solved with new medicines such as Orion’s BCG vaccination.
Penicillin and other antibiotics revolutionise the treatment of many infections, and antibiotics are Orion’s most sold products.
More attention is paid to people’s lifestyles. Orion begins to develop drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
The Finnish economy experiences a strong boom but Finns still consume salt like in the old days. Drugs to lower blood pressure are among the most sold Orion products.
Finland sinks into depression in the early 1990s. The antidepressant Seronil becomes a bestselling Orion preparation.
A law on the generic substitution of medicines for a similar, lower-cost product enters force and Orion adopts generic medicines as its other focus.
Foreign markets represent two thirds of Orion’s net sales. Orion bears global responsibility by co-operating with Plan to help children in developing countries.