Super People
Ole Vahlgren, CEO & President, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Europe: “Otsuka will continue to push the boundaries of possibility.”
At Otsuka, we believe that ‘super people’ are more powerful than ‘super computers’ when it comes to creative thinking and innovation. This philosophy has always been a mainstay of how Otsuka approaches pharmaceutical product research. This is why Otsuka, even when it was a small company, has always been successful in developing new and innovative products. We do everything we can to nurture our employees and provide an environment to stimulate their creativity, curiosity and perseverance. At Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe, we celebrate diversity in our employees, but what we expect them to have in common is passion, drive and unconventional thinking. Our employees in Europe hold true to our Japanese guiding principles of ‘Ryukan-godo’ (hard work and practice), ‘Jissho’ (bringing ideas to life through perseverance) and ‘Sosozei’ (creativity). These Otsuka principles have evolved and developed over generations, and are now fully embedded in Otsuka’s DNA. They are the driving force behind our growth and development. The combined qualities of those who work for Otsuka Europe help us to achieve our goal: Otsuka–people creating new products for better health worldwide.
People make the company run; people do the thinking. Otherwise, we’d be in trouble.
Akihiko Otsuka

Akihiko Otsuka, the late Chairman of Otsuka Holdings

Date of preparation: January 2019

Reference OPEL/0119/COMS/1000s


"The guiding principles of our Japanese heritage, ‘Ryukan-godo’, ‘Jissho’ and ‘Sozosei’ are still true today and are the driving force behind our growth and development culture and these can be seen in the way Otsuka-people approach their work in Europe and worldwide."

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd

“At Otsuka we like to work across horizontal alliances, since respect and integration of different points of view allows us to achieve better results in our goal to improve people’s health worldwide.”

Otsuka Spain

“Free spirit and action is what makes an innovative company! And what makes us different is the way we share and develop our ideas.”

Otsuka France