C&EN, 26 September 2021
Today we are celebrating another anniversary, our 62nd.
Hovione was established in Portugal in 1959 by Ivan Villax with his wife, Diane Villax, and two other Hungarian refugees: Nicholas de Horthy and Andrew Onody, the first two letters of the three founders’ names: HO, VI and ON were used to create the name Hovione.
Working initially out of the basement of the Villax family home in Lisbon, success soon followed.
Today, we have a global footprint, employing over 2,000 people of 34 nationalities, working in 9 locations from 3 continents. Hovione remains a privately-owned, family business.