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Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Orchid) is a globally recognized, integrated pharmaceutical company with core competencies in the development and manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and Finished Dosage Forms as well as in drug discovery, which was incorporated on 1st July 1992 as a 100% Export Oriented Unit (EOU). Orchid has two manufacturing sites for APIs (at Alathur near Chennai and at Aurangabad, near Mumbai) and three manufacturing sites for Dosage forms (at Irungattukottai and Alathur in Chennai), besides two R&D centres (at Sholinganallur and Irungattukottai, Chennai), all are state-of-the-art and have several international regulatory approvals, including the US FDA and UK MHRA. Orchid's API facilities are ISO certified for their quality, environmental management and operational health and safety systems. Orchid has a Joint Venture in China for manufacturing sterile APIs. The Company commenced its operation in the year 1994, also in the same year; orchid had entered into an agreement with SBD Laboratories Italy for technology for keeping production in sterile condition. Orchid became the youngest Indian pharmaceutical company to be awarded the ISO 9002 certification in 1997. During the same year of 1997, the company made a tie-up with Technology Innovative Industry of Italy and also launched a range of new products in the steriles category. In 1998, Orchid, along with Cipla and Ranbaxy, had received approval from the Drug Controller of India (DCI) for the manufacture and export of sildenafil citrate, the main ingredient in Viagra, the drug developed by Pfizer to treat human male erectile dysfunction; by the way it had entered into the formulation market.