AstraZeneca in Gothenburg

Through teamwork across borders and by pioneering science we are transforming patient outcomes

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Our people support the entire life cycle of medicines. That’s everything from idea generation through discovery research, via early and late-stage clinical development, to pilot scale manufacturing, distribution, global commercialisation, and product maintenance.

Learn more about our Gothenburg site and why we go to work in the video below.

Gothenburg key facts




Of our employees are born in another country


Of our line managers are female

Designing the future of R&D

Our team of world-renowned scientists work in all our research therapy areas, including cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, metabolic diseases, respiratory diseases, immunity diseases, cancer, and rare diseases. One of the Gothenburg site’s unique features is that we have most of the resources and expertise needed to support the entire lifecycle of a medicine. That’s everything from idea generation to global commercialisation and product maintenance.

Here, as in all our research efforts worldwide, we strive to enhance our understanding of disease biology, discover new ways to target drivers of disease, better predict clinical success, and pioneer new approaches to engagement in the clinic.

Our largest unit for the manufacture of clinical supplies

In Gothenburg, we house our largest and most diverse set-up for the manufacture of clinical supplies. We have highly modern facilities for producing oral, parenteral, and inhaled products across research therapy areas, including capabilities for packaging, labelling and worldwide distribution. We continue to invest in the most modern processes and technologies, a recent example is a state-of-the-art continuous manufacturing line.

Pioneering activity-based labs

A driving force behind the Gothenburg site’s scientific leadership is our fully flexible, activity-based labs that have inspired other businesses to follow suit. They enable meetings between scientists from different therapy areas and disciplines, which has proved to increase the number of experiments and hence opportunities for scientific breakthroughs of benefit for patients. Our activity-based labs help us to be more environmentally sustainable by reducing the need of space and increase the use of laboratory equipment. This makes it possible for us to invest in more advanced equipment.

Watch the video to follow one of our scientists, Anita, as she spends a day in the lab. You can also take a virtual tour of some of our labs here.

Unique culture of collaboration and open innovation

Our site is an incredibly vibrant and diverse place, with about 3,000 employees and a high proportion of international talent. More than a third of our employees are born in another country. A wide range of different professional groups work here: chemists, doctors, economists, lawyers, communicators, project managers, laboratory assistants, IT specialists and many others. Inclusion and diversity are embedded into everything we do, driving creativity and people empowered to innovate for patients by challenging conventional thinking.

New collaboration models to create the future of healthcare

Tomorrow’s healthcare with a focus on prediction, prevention and personalisation requires a new level of interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration. In Gothenburg we partner with industry, academia, and the public sector across the globe. We are the initiators behind several innovation hubs as well as a life science cluster to develop health solutions that include medicines, but also go beyond them. Read more about some of our initiatives below. Interested in partnering with us? Visit our partnering page!


electricity use from renewable sources and renewable heat

1,4 billion SEK

investment in partnership commitments with academic institutions since 2010


reduction of the Gothenburg site's greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1 and 2) since 2015

Committed to young people

We work actively to spark young people's interest in science and technology in Sweden. We also work with Swedish non-profit organisations to improve young people’s mental and physical health.


We have been a main sponsor of Scandinavia’s largest science centre for over ten years. During this time, we have had several joint projects, for instance Älska Kemi and Medicinjakten.

The International Science Festival

We collaborate with 'Vetenskapsfestivalen', one of Europe's leading popular science events for school children.

Mentorship and volunteering

All our employees are given eight hours each year to spend on volunteer work in the community. Together with Mentor Sweden, some of us act as mentors to students. Others engage in projects that directly or indirectly contribute to the wellbeing and health of young people through an extensive collaboration with the organisation Volontärbyrån.

Veeva ID: Z4-54498 
Date of preparation: April 2023