Molteni Farmaceutici was founded in 1892, the year the first Italian official Pharmacopeia was published. Alfredo Alitti, a young pharmacist from the Marche region, was appointed director of Leone Molteni’s pharmacy, one of the oldest in Florence, located in Piazza della Signoria.
In the backyard of the Molteni Pharmacy, Alfredo Alitti set up a laboratory where, with the help of a Florentine glassmaker, he produced the first Italian sterilized hypodermic vials. These first vials were put on the market in September 1894 and were so successful – being high practical – that production was moved to a larger facility in viale Principe Amedeo, close to Piazza Cavour, now Piazza della Libertà.
Together with his brother Aurelio, a chemistry graduate, and thanks to some patents they registered, Alfredo Alitti started large-scale production of injectable solutions. Among the many popular products, Molteni’s Steridrolo, used to purify drinking water even from stagnant pools, had a major role in logistic feats such as Italy’s East African Campaign.
The company continued to expand and in 1914 Molteni moved to its new premises in via Mossotti, near the Fiesole Hill at San Gervasio. A variety of chemical and pharmaceutical products were developed in its laboratories, the most important being injectable anesthetics for hospital use.
A subsequent growth of production volumes led to a further move in 1962 to Scandicci, where it became the first manufacturing plant in the area. Today, its main production site is still there.
In 2012, Molteni Farmaceutici celebrated its first 120 years. The company, under the sponsorship of the Municipality of Florence, planned a program of meetings with national and local institutions, associations and major opinion leaders from the medical and pharmaceutical worlds that took place September 10-14, 2012. 120 years of ideas, projects and innovation. Years that have been emblematic for the development and consolidation of technology in the pharmaceutical industry. 120 years of history that demonstrate Molteni Farmaceutici’s ability to invest in professionalism, commitment and reliability. 120 years of existence coinciding with the life of Italy and, in particular, of Florence, a city with which Molteni Farmaceutici still enjoys close bonds. The celebrations were a tangible demonstration that Molteni Farmaceutici increasingly wants to be a Florentine company that plays a leading role in Italy and worldwide, thanks to a fruitful relationship with the local territory that reflects its attachment to the company tradition.