In the spring of 1933, in the suburbs of Sofia, the beginning of Bulgarian pharmaceutical manufacture was initiated with the building of the first manufacturing laboratory for pharmaceuticals. This was also the beginning of Sopharma.
First production building of the Bulgarian Pharmacy Cooperative CompanyThe pharmaceutical community united in its economic organization “Bulgarian Pharmacy Cooperative Company” starts the construction of the first production laboratory for production of medicinal products in the country.
Progressive industrialization trend
Pharmaceutical factory “Galenus”The production laboratory of the Bulgarian Pharmacy Cooperative Company moves in a building especially constructed for its needs on “Iliensko shousee” and grows into “Galenus” – a pharmaceutical plant in which better conditions are a prerequisite for faster development. This leads to increase of production capacity and widening of the product portfolio. “Galenus” is the first modern industrial plant for production of medicinal products on the Balkan Peninsula, competing with popular German and Swiss companies.
Chemical-Pharmaceutical Plant - SofiaAll machines for the production of solid forms are moved into the “Galenus” plant. The average production capacity of one machine reaches 5,576 tablets per hour. The main products are Aspirin, Chinin and Doverin produced with imported and high quality raw materials. In the same year, after the nationalization, the “Galenus” plant is renamed into Chemical-pharmaceutical plant – the ancestor of Sopharma.
After its nationalization Galenus Factory was renamed to Chemical-Pharmaceutical Plant and became for the next 50 years the leading pharmaceutical producer in Bulgaria.
Modern history- period of constant modernization and development
PrivatizationAfter a successful privatization Sopharma becomes a private pharmaceutical company. The first years after privatization are a period of constant modernization and improvement. For the two years after the privatization period Sopharma unites six enterprises in a modern and dynamic corporate structure including: Sopharma AD, Unipharm ASD, Vramed AD, Pharmachim Holding AD, NIFHI AD and Rostbalkanpharm.
Pharmaceutical plant “Sopharma – Vrabevo”, which is fully compliant with the European standards for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)The President of the Republic of Bulgaria George Parvanov officially opened the new pharmaceutical plant “Sopharma – Vrabevo”. In this modern plant for production of medicinal products Sopharma invested 20 million BGN. Each step of the construction of the plant followed internationally accepted GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards.
Sopharma fully licenses its production capacities according to the European standards for Good Manufacturing PracticesIn 2004 Sopharma licensed its production facilities according to the European GMP which secured its strategic position after the EU accession in 2007. In the same year Sopharma increased its production capacity by adding another member to its group of companies - Bulgarian Rose - Sevtopolis AD.
Most modern Bulgarian logistics centerIn 2005 Sopharma opened the most modern logistics center in Bulgaria (logistics terminal) for distribution of pharmaceutical products. The logistics center fully complies with the European Good Distribution Practice (GDP).
Penetrating into distribution business by acquiring Sopharma Trading, acquiring its present form due to the merger of the five distributors - Sanita Trading, Caliman RTT JSC., Global Medical Ltd., Consumpharm and Elpharma.
Construction of a new high-tech tablet factory for production of solid formsSopharma initiated the planning and construction process of a new highly technological tablet factory for the production of solid forms with doubled capacity and investment potential of over 40 million EUR. All activities related to planning, construction and validation fully comply with the European standards for pharmaceutical production and are approved by the Bulgarian Health Agency. For this project Sopharma received the First Class Investor Award.
Completion of a new ampoule plant in SofiaIn 2007 Sopharma made the next step in modernization and increased production capacity in the tablet production of Bulgarian Rose - Sevtopolis AD, Kazanlak.
The official opening of the new plant for pharmaceutical substances took place in 2008.Being the only producer of ampoules in Bulgaria in 2007 Sopharma undertook a reconstruction of its ampoule facility in order to increase its production capacity.
Registration of the first original product of Sopharma in Western Europe.Start of construction of two new production plants in Serbia and Bulgaria and establishing of a subsidiary in Poland.
The next step in being an excellent public companyListing on Warsaw Stock Exchange
Opening our new administrative officesFor the first time in the modern history of the company we open a new administrative office, more accessible to our guests and partners. For a third consecutive year Sopharma is given the “Best public company” award from the Capital Top 100 ranking.
Opening the new state-of-the-art solid dosage forms factory.The new state-of-the-art solid-forms factory of Sopharma is operational and won three awards in the construction sector. The company takes several steps towards the consolidation of the Group.
Opening a new pageAfter concluding the largest projects for modernization of the production facilities we can now put strong focus on R&D
Consolidation and expansionBulgarian Rose - Sevtopolis AD is finally merged into Sopharma. Sopharma Trading AD entered the Serbian Market.
Consolidation and expansionSopharma AD acquires 68% of the capital of Veta Pharma AD.
Consolidation and expansionSopharma AD acquires 51% of the capital of the Moldovan distributor of medicinal products RAP Pharma International. Sopharma AD acquires 75% of the successful start-up for the development and marketing of Aromania food supplements. Medica AD is merged into Sopharma AD.
Consolidation and expansionUnipharm AD is merged into Sopharma AD. The company celebrates its 85th anniversary.