Emerging Markets are key to the ongoing pipeline- and sales-driven transformation of AstraZeneca. Over the past years, our global sales base has changed from having most of sales coming from what we now call ‘Other’ medicines to our current setup where our business is focused on three main therapy areas: Oncology, New Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory. In these therapy areas, Emerging Markets now outperform the rest of the world.


Year-end webcast for investors and analysts on China and Emerging Markets

On 13 December 2018, we hosted a webcast for investors and analysts on China and Emerging markets.

Emerging Markets Strategy

We have a three-pillar strategy in Emerging Markets, which was originally built upon the China strategy of Expansion, Innovation and Partnership.

  • Market access is especially critical to expansion, so we can reach more patients with our medicines in previously-inaccessible countries.
  • Regarding innovation, our aim is to strongly contribute to patient-centric, fully-integrated ecosystems. We also aim to discover and develop new medicines in Emerging Markets that are fit for our patient populations in those markets.
  • Partnership is more than just a word or intention – at AstraZeneca we proactively work with local and central governments and local partners.  We also work closely with local healthcare providers and local capital markets where possible.


AstraZeneca in China


Investment in discovery and development of medicines in China


The year we started operating in China


Employees in China


Our China Headquarters

We are proud to be present in China for over 26 years now. We have invested, and continue to invest, in local R&D and manufacturing in Taizhou and Wuxi.

We are the number two multinational in China, AstraZeneca’s second-largest market globally. Importantly, we’ve been growing faster than any other multinational company in China for several years.