The story of Krka began in 1954 when Boris Andrijanič established the Krka Pharmaceutical Laboratory in Novo mesto, Slovenia.
Stable sales growth, investments, many development projects, and sound business performance have seen us grow into one of the leading generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.
PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTION STARTS OFF IN TWO SMALL LABORATORIES
The Pharmaceutical Laboratory Krka in Novo mesto was founded on 23 April 1954. Regular production was launched in autumn of the same year in two small laboratories, and in the production and packaging facilities in the centre of Novo mesto. Only five years later, Krka ranked among the top five pharmaceutical companies in the former Yugoslavia. In the 1960s, production was relocated to the Ločna site in Novo mesto. A shift in strategy, i.e. substituting licensed products with our own innovative generic medicines, set Krka’s business direction in the decades to come.
OUR INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE EXPANDS
We expanded our marketing network, established our first subsidiaries and representative offices abroad, and increased our vertically integrated production. As a response to social and political changes, we started targeting Western European markets. In the mid-1990s, more than 70% of our products were exported. Krka became a global player with more than 4,500 employees, new production sites in Slovenia, Poland and the Russian Federation, and 28 subsidiaries and representative offices abroad.
SECURING HIGH POSITION AMONG LEADING GENERIC PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES
Krka is one of the world’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies, focusing on generic prescription pharmaceuticals marketed under its own brands. Continuous investments in research and development lead to new products, which account for more than one third in total sales of the company. Since 2013, almost one half of all Krka employees have worked in more than 45 subsidiaries and representative offices abroad, organised in six sales regions. Our products are available in 70 markets from Lisbon to Vladivostok.