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AstraZeneca plc is an Anglo–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company.

In 2013, it moved its headquarters to Cambridge, United Kingdom, and concentrated its R&D in three sites: Cambridge, Gaithersburg, Maryland (location of MedImmune) for work on biopharmaceuticals, and Mölndal (near Gothenburg) in Sweden, for research on traditional chemical drugs. In 2015, it was the eighth-largest drug company in the world based on sales revenue.

AstraZeneca has a portfolio of products for major disease areas including cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, infection, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation. The company was founded in 1999 through the merger of the Swedish Astra AB and the English Zeneca Group (itself formed by the demerger of the pharmaceutical operations of Imperial Chemical Industries in 1993). It has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including Cambridge Antibody Technology (in 2006), MedImmune (in 2007), Spirogen (in 2013) and Definiens (by MedImmune in 2014).

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The circuit of life: saving on manufacturing, waste and delivery-related supply chain inefficiencies

26 June 2020 | By ,

Many pharmaceutical companies have complicated supply chains that are inefficient and ill-equipped to deal with current demands. This article explores how digitalising the healthcare supply chain can address the pharmaceutical sector's increasing financial-, capacity- and waste-related strains associated with our ageing population and the soaring costs of new treatments.