The product was designed to treat allergic reactions to goose feathers – neither Barfod or Baagøe realised that it was actually dust mites in bedding rather than goose feathers that were the true cause of the allergies they were investigating.
Milestones in the history of ALK
Explore the history of ALK
June, 1923ALK's foundation
June, 1949Dedicated facilities
June, 1972A new industry standard
June, 1978A world first
June, 1990A new treatment option
June, 1990Groundbreaking asthma research
July, 2006First SLIT-tablets
July, 2009SLIT-tablet approved as a disease-modifying treatment
July, 2015First house dust mite SLIT-tablet
July, 2016GAP-trial demonstrates reduced asthma symptoms
In recent years, ALK and its global partners have invested substantially in the research and development of new, evidence-based sublingual allergy immunotherapy (SLIT) tablets covering the majority of the respiratory allergies – house dust mite, grass pollen, pollen from birch and related trees, and ragweed pollen, as well as Japanese cedar pollen, which is a major cause of allergy in Japan.
In parallel, ALKs dedicated research and development has shown that allergy immunotherapy addresses the underlying cause of the allergy rather than just treating the symptoms and that it potentially prevents the development of asthma. With its latest product, ALK has become the first and only company to develop and launch a house dust mite SLIT-tablet which is indicated for usage in both allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma.
Recently, ALK also disclosed data from a long-term clinical trial into asthma prevention in children suffering from grass pollen allergy which showed that its tablet-based allergy immunotherapy treatment for grass pollen allergy, significantly reduced the proportion of children experiencing asthma symptoms, an effect which was sustained for two years after end of treatment.
A track record of firsts
The book about ALK was written in connection with the company's 85th anniversary in 2008.
The purpose of the book is to give the company's surroundings - current and future employees and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and society as a whole - a thorough understanding of the ALK's history. The book's main author, Professor, Dr. Phil . Kurt Jacobsen from Copenhagen Business School, was given free access to all archives by the company's management.
The book can be freely downloaded, copied and distributed.