Management Board of the Cooperative

Aleksandra Mróz-Lubińska

President of the Board

Renata Znachowska

Acting Vice President of the Board

 

The company’s history

Krakow and its vicinity after the Second World War. Sick and wounded Krakow soldiers return to the city from all over the world. Three masters of pharmacy: Stanisław Szymański, Aleksander Kaszycki and Jan Szustow could not look at the empty shelves in their pharmacies, so they decided to do everything to be able to cure people again. They found  seven more pharmacists willing to invest all their savings to create a drug factory and help people. The task was not easy, however they achieved a great success! They started with the production of bandages for hospitals, which treated numerous wounds of the Polish soldiers. As the company was developing, the decision was made to start drugs production.

Although the Espefa’s portfolio has changed significantly, some drugs reminded the company’s brand to date.

  • 1946

    Launching ATOM Pharmaceuticals Worker Cooperative

  • 1949

    Changing the name to ESPEFA

  • 1950

    Production of the First Aid Kits

  • 1952

    Production of bandages and patches for the army

  • 1953

    Production of new preparations based on own chemical synthesis

  • 1957

    Launching the production of Ascofer and Guajazyl

  • 1961

    Launching the production of Methocarbamol Espefa

  • 1965

    Successive modernisation of equipment, technology and extending the drug’s range

  • 1984

    Building of the new manufacturing plant

  • 1989

    Moving to the new manufacturing plant on the  Lea Street 208

  • 1993

    The sales and service pavilion

    Obtaining a license for wholesale trade in medicinal products

  • 1996

    Espefa enters foreign markets

  • 2004

    Becoming an ISO 9001:2000 certified company.

  • 2006

    Espefa gets certified the introduction of the Good Manufacturing Practice

  • 2006

    Obtaining the Recommendation of the Polish Gynecological Society for the use of ASCOFER in obstetrics and gynecology

  • 2007

    Launching of the microbiological laboratory

  • 2007

    The name Aspargin changed into Aspar Espefa

  • 2011

    The syrup Guajazyl gets nominated for the “Teraz Polska” Emblem for the best products and services of the year in the 21st edition of the competition.

  • 2012

    Espefa gets the European Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice

    Espefa gets a permit for wholesale trade in substances of the gr. IV P

  • 2015

    Expansion of the controlled substances warehouse

  • 2016

    The Cooperative is awarded the Gepard Biznesu award

  • 2020

    Introduction of new product lines: cosmetics, biocidal products under the ESPEFALABORATORY+ brand

  • NOWADAYS

    Continuous introduction of new products, contractual cooperation with many entities, expansion of the production plant with modern equipment and technology, performance of specialistic laboratory tests