Orion’s milestones in the 1940s

1944: The Orion plant produces the first batch of penicillin in Finland. The experiment is discontinued because of the war.

1945: Erkki Leikola, the Managing Director of Orion, is elected as a Member of Parliament. He participates in the discussion about the future of the pharmaceutical industry in many roles.

1948: Orion establishes the pharmaceutical wholesale company Oriola and the technochemical company Noiro. Pictured here a view of the warehouse of Orion’s local wholesale office in Joensuu, eastern Finland.