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Upsher-Smith receives two DIANA awards, expands its HQ

BY Sandra Levy

It’s been quite a celebratory week for Upsher-Smith. The company was honored with two Distribution Industry Awards for Notable Achievement in Healthcare, known as DIANAs, for “Overall Manufacturer of the Year with sales less than $500 Million” and “Branded Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer of the Year with sales less than $300 Million” by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance.

The HDA presented 10 DIANA awards to outstanding pharmaceutical and consumer product manufacturers at its 2019 Business and Leadership Conference in Orlando on June 2-5, 2019.

“We are honored to have been selected for two prestigious DIANA awards this year as we celebrate our Centennial Anniversary,” said Scott Hussey, Upsher-Smith senior vice president, global sales. “As we look ahead to the next 100 years, the Upsher-Smith team is inspired by the prospect of working with all of our partners to deliver the products that will help to improve the health and lives of patients nationwide.

Since 1959, the DIANA Awards have been presented to pharmaceutical and consumer product manufacturers that set the standard for excellence in developing innovative new product introductions and promotions, fostering exceptional trading partner relationships, advancing trade relations and creating business practices that benefit the entire healthcare supply chain.

DIANA finalists and winners for Best Overall Company are chosen by HDA distributor members who judge companies based on several criteria including knowledgeable salespeople, high-level customer service, demonstrated flexibility and creativity in marketing, and incorporation of new technologies to ensure product safety and security. Upsher-Smith is included among a distinguished group of present and past recipients who serve as models for leadership and innovation in the healthcare marketplace.

In honor of its centennial, Upsher-Smith Laboratories on Wednesday had yet another reason to celebrate. The company hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for a nearly 300,000 square foot expansion of its Maple Grove, Minn., headquarters. Upsher-Smith plans to transition all of its products to the new facility over the next three years.

The all-company event was attended by Mayor Mark Steffenson and other Maple Grove dignitaries, as well as executive leadership from Upsher-Smith’s parent company, Sawai Pharmaceutical.

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