Unichem Laboratories, incorporated in 1962, is engaged in manufacturing formulations, pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The company was promoted by the late Amrut Mody, a pioneer in the Indian pharmaceuticals business.
The company offers products in therapeutic areas like gastro-intestinal, cardiovascular, diabetes, psychiatry, neurology, anti-bacterial, anti-infective and pain management, among others.
Headquartered in Mumbai, the company operates at five manufacturing locations in Roha (Maharashtra), Goa, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), Pithampur (Madhya Pradesh) and Baddi (Himachal Pradesh).
The company’s manufacturing facilities have received approval from various international agencies namely UK MHRA, MCC (South Africa), WHO (Geneva) and TGA (Australia). The manufacturing plants have also received ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications for quality management.
Unichem also operates a research and development facility located at Jogeshwari (Mumbai). This facility conducts research in area of Novel Drug Delivery Systems (NDDS) and develops non-infringing routes for the manufacture of products directed at the regulated markets.
1944- Unichem was commissioned by Late Amrut Mody.
1952- The company forayed into exporting activities.
1953- Unichem entered into hormonal products segment. The same year it launched UNIPROGESTIN.
1962- The company collaborated with foreign entity UCB for bulk-drugs. It set up its first formulation plant at Jogeshwari. The company got listed at Bombay Stock Exchange. Unichem launched OESTROGEN and Progestin.
1963- The company entered co-marketing of formulations tie up with Uni Sankyo.
1968- Unichem set up a formulation plant at Ghaziabad.
1970- As part of back integration strategy, the company commissioned manufacturing of Anti-TB Drugs.
1972- As an acknowledgement for Late Amrut Mody’s pioneering effort in Indian pharma industry, he was awarded Padma Bhushan.
1973- Unichem's research laboratory was recognised for Phd work by Bombay University. Unichem's R&D centre was recognised by Department of Science and Technology.
1976- The company set up a fine chemicals unit at Roha.
1978- Unichem commissioned its Roha bulk drug plant.
1979- The company received its first clearance from drug authorities for NEFEDIFINE.
1983- Unichem received the USFDA approval for hydrochlorothiazide manufactured at the Jogeshwari plant. The company introduced Anti-TB - Isoniazid, Rifampicin in white tablet form for the first time in India.
1984- UNISEARCH was established in collaboration with Upjohn. The company forayed anti-biotic segment and launched Ampoxin (Ampicillin and Cloxacillin combination).
1987- The company entered the animal health care business.
1994-1999- Unichem underwent thorough restructuring and transformation in line with future growth strategies.
1996- Two companies namely Unichem Exports and Unisearch was merged with Unichem Laboratories.
1997- The company’s formulation plant located at Goa was commissioned. It set up new corporate office set up at Unichem Bhavan Jogeshwari, Mumbai.
1998- The company’s formulations plant located at Baddi was fully operational.
1997-2000- The company implemented BaaN ERP.
1999- Unichem set up a modern multipurpose bulk drug plant located at Roha. Molecular generics division was launched.
2000- The drug major received South African Health Authority and UK MCA (MHRA) certifications for Goa and Baddi Plants
2001- Unichem set up new research and development centre at Mumbai. The same year it also set up New Biosciences R&D Centre located at Bangalore that would conduct research work in Bio-technology
2002- It formed a joint venture in UK called Niche Generics.
2002-2003- The company divested its animal healthcare division. It established subsidiaries in South Africa and Brazil. The company also undertook modernization of formulations plant located at Ghaziabad.
2004- Unichem conducted restructuring of Unisearch and launched of Unisearch CD Division.
2005- The company set up of new pharma technology development center located at Goa. Unichem Baddi Unit II plant was commissioned. It acquired API manufacturing unit at Pithampur
2006- The company received USFDA certification for the Goa Plant. It launched specialities division. In the same year it acquired 100% stake in Niche Generics, United Kingdom.
2007- Unikare division launched that catered to Dermatology and Allied therapies segment.
Unichem will continue to work on the therapeutic segments and will develop cost effective processes for the existing molecules. It will also focus on develop new drug delivery systems and new products for international business.