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    Our history

    With a strong vision, albeit limited experience and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen has grown Orifarm from a “two-owners-one-employee” company to an international organization with offices across Europe and in the United States.


    Starting out with a strong entrepreneurial mission to make high-quality pharmaceuticals a better deal for patients, society, and Orifarm, Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen have grown Orifarm from a small danish company in 1994 into an impressive international organization employing more than 2,300 colleagues.

    Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen
    A family-owned company

    Orifarm is a family-owned company. The company was founded in Odense, Denmark, in 1994 by Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen. Today, Orifarm is owned by the founding couple and their three grown-up children Christian, Anne-Charlotte, and Andreas Bøgh-Sørensen. Nearly 30 years after the foundation of Orifarm, owners Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen still remain heavily involved in the continuous long-term development of Orifarm.

    Erik Sandberg, CEO
    Appointment of our CEO Erik Sandberg

    In January 2019, Hans Bøgh-Sørensen stepped down as CEO of the Group and handed over the control of the daily business to Group CEO, Erik Sandberg.


    However, Hans Bøgh-Sørensen remained member of the Board of Directors and in August 2020, he took over as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orifarm Group.

    Hans Bøgh-Sørensen
    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Having appointed a new CEO to control daily business, Hans Bøgh-Sørensen remains member of the Board of Directors and in August 2020, he took over as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orifarm Group.

    History Overview

    1994: Orifarm was founded by Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen.


    1995-2005: 
    Organic growth within Orifarm Health Access to the rest of the Nordic countries and Orifarm Healthcare starts.


    2006: 
    Acquisition of Pharma Western, Germany (Orifarm Health Access).


    2008-2010: 
    Profit focus and split of Orifarm Trade and Orifarm Healthcare + establishment of professional and international Board of Directors.


    2013: 
    Production and inbound logistics setup in the Czech Republic.  


    2015: 
    Orifarm acquires Growth House Holding including the companies Alternova, Viminco, and Pilum Pharma.


    2015-2018: 
    Entry in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Austria.


    2019: 
    Orifarm acquires the company Pilatus Comparator Solutions with activities in the U.K., Germany, and the U.S.


    2020: 
    Acquisition from Takeda. The acquisition includes more than 100 pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements as well as approximately 600 employees.


    2020: 
    To ensure Orifarm remains family-owned in the future, the next step of the succession is completed, as Birgitte and Hans Bøgh-Sørensen transfer further company shares to their three children. Hans Bøgh-Sørensen remains Chairman of the Board of Directors and continues to have the majority voting right.


    2022: 
    Orifarm focuses on building the foundation for further grown, as the company continues to grow into a larger, international player.

    Always aiming higher

    For us, achieving one goal means setting a new one. We have a history of increasing turnover and our ambition is to keep raising the bar - for Orifarm and for our customers.

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