A reflection of the humanitarian crises of the 20th century in the history of Hoffmann- La Roche in Eastern Europe

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Abstract

The 125 years of history of Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) is inextricably linked with the global changes and disturbances faced by Europe in the 20th century. The company’s second largest market – Russia – suffered a lot during World War I: political revolution and civil war, which resulted in the collapse of the Russian empire.
For Roche, it was a period of not only economic but also personal losses. The turbulent years of the beginning of the 20th century had also taken their toll on the health of company founder Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, and he died on 18 April 1920. He was succeeded by his partner, chemist Emil Barell (1874-1953), who had to overcome the crisis.
The local Roche employees who understood the peculiarities of the former territories of the Russian empire became a key source of information, providing advice to the management headquartered in Basel. It was these employees who determined business development during the period of state formation in Poland and the Baltic countries.
Branches in Latvia, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, where management was entrusted to former Roche employees in Russia, achieved the most success in the interwar period. World War II and its consequences separated the countries of Eastern and Western Europe for a long time. The restoration of partnership began in the 1970s, but the final modern map of Roche branches in Eastern Europe was formed after 1991 with the demise of the USSR and Yugoslavia. In the twenty-first century, Roche branches began to operate in all countries of Eastern Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages69
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
EventTHE JOINT INTERNATIONAL PHARMACY SYMPOSIUM “CONTEMPORARY
PHARMACY: ISSUES CHALLENGES AND EXPECTATIONS 2021“ AND “11TH CONFERENCE: PHARMACY SCIENCE AND PRACTICE“
- Organized by Faculty of Pharmacy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
Duration: 22 Oct 202122 Oct 2021

Conference

ConferenceTHE JOINT INTERNATIONAL PHARMACY SYMPOSIUM “CONTEMPORARY
PHARMACY: ISSUES CHALLENGES AND EXPECTATIONS 2021“ AND “11TH CONFERENCE: PHARMACY SCIENCE AND PRACTICE“
Abbreviated titleCPICE-PSP 2021
Country/TerritoryLithuania
CityKaunas
Period22/10/2122/10/21

Field of Science*

  • 3.5 Other medical sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)

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