There’s a simple purpose that sits at the heart of our
business: to enable people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives.
We want to be the company that imagines and leads the future of healthcare for
people with life-altering conditions, creating value for society
Imagining and leading the future
Our success so far stems from our single-minded determination
to focus on our patients and our willingness to adapt to changing environments.
We're motivated to put ourselves in patient’s shoes and imagine new ways to meet
challenges and achieve a better future for the people we help, and society at
Our purpose, mission and strategy
Since Shire’s formation just over 25 years ago, we remain true
to the purpose that inspired us from our early days to help people with
life-altering conditions lead better lives.
Our caring approach has made us a leader in many of our therapeutic areas, but
we want to achieve more. Looking forward, we need to develop even more
groundbreaking, new ways to transform more patients’ lives, adding value to
society, while delivering value to our stakeholders. This purpose keeps patients
and their needs at the centre of everything we do.
In practice this means we focus on developing treatments for conditions where
the impact of our drugs can make an immediate and tangible difference for
patients. This might be a therapy to treat an extremely rare and
life-threatening disease like Hunter Syndrome or Fabry Disease; or a medicine
for a specialist condition like ADHD or ulcerative colitis; or a treatment to
help the healing of diabetic foot ulcers which if not treated effectively, can
dramatically affect the lives of the patient and their whole family.
How are we set up?
Shire is organized into three divisions. Through its Specialty
Pharmaceuticals division, Shire focuses on small-molecule medications within the
therapeutic areas of Behavioral Health, where it maintains a leadership
position, and gastrointestinal disease, among others.
Shire’s Human Genetic Therapies (HGT) business is solely focused on researching,
developing and marketing novel products and services that profoundly enhance the
quality of life of patients suffering from rare diseases.
Shire Regenerative Medicine is a leader in providing regenerative medicine
solutions for people with life-altering conditions. We aspire to harness the
power of regenerative medicine to address society's unmet medical needs, and are
focused on developing and delivering solutions that support the body's natural
We also care, at Shire, about the communities in which we live and work—about
who we are and the legacy we leave behind. Through countless Corporate
Responsibility initiatives, we’re making a difference by supporting programs
ranging from the education of young scientists and the beautifying of natural
landscapes to the reduction of CO2 emissions
At Shire we are perpetually planning for the future. We’re exploring new
markets. We’re conversing with thought leaders. We’re listening to patients and
families, to innovators and inventors. We’re asking ourselves what more we can
do to make this world a healthier place and in doing so, we’re mindful of our
overall cultural ethos; to be as brave as the people we help