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AmerisourceBergen becomes Cencora

Under the new name Cencora, the company unifies its 46,000 employees across several global business segments under one identity.

Cencora today announced the completion of its name and stock ticker change from AmerisourceBergen Corporation, marking the latest stage of the company’s evolution as a leader in global pharmaceutical services. Cencora will begin trading under the new ticker symbol “COR” on the New York Stock Exchange at the open of the market trading. 

Under the new name Cencora, the company unifies its 46,000 employees — across several global business segments — under one identity, propelled by a bold vision and purpose-driven approach to creating healthier futures.

The new name underscores Cencora’s experience and vision when it comes to connecting manufacturers, providers, pharmacies and patients, and ensuring the consistent, reliable flow of treatments to those who need them at a time of growing complexity.

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"Today is a significant and exciting milestone for Cencora. Our new name is a reminder of our customers, their patients and our team members who are at the center of everything we do,” said Steven Collis, chairman, president and CEO of Cencora. “It represents the healthier futures we strive for serving as a trusted industry partner that prioritizes innovation, advocates for patient access, and advances strategic partnerships across the global pharmaceutical value chain.”

As a global healthcare company, Cencora will continue to invest in and focus on its core pharmaceutical distribution business, while also growing its platform of pharma and biopharma services to support pharmaceutical innovation and access across the globe, the company noted.

Aligned with the company’s purpose, and to commemorate this seminal moment in the organization’s history, Cencora also announced a $5 million donation to the Cencora Impact Foundation, formerly known as the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization. The donation will be used to launch the Cencora Healthier Futures Grant Program, which aims to identify opportunities to support those on the front lines of health care in underserved populations who are driving innovation in global health. Targeted donations from the Cencora Healthier Futures Grant Program, operated by Cencora Impact Foundation, will go toward nonprofits and charities around the world that are advancing access to care and directly impacting communities in need.

The inaugural donation out of the Cencora Healthier Futures Grant Program will be a $500,000 grant made to the UNICEF Health Fund, which focuses on ensuring that every child has the ability to survive and thrive by providing strong primary healthcare systems, training healthcare professionals and working closely with national governments to ensure programs are replicable at scale. These system-wide responses aim to reduce the number of maternal and newborn deaths, provide children with immunizations, reduce malnutrition, address adolescent mental health and combat the rise of non-communicable diseases.

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“We are grateful for support from the Cencora Impact Foundation to help UNICEF deliver large-scale, sustainable results in ensuring the health of the world’s most vulnerable children,” said V. Renée Cutting, chief philanthropy officer of UNICEF USA.

Cencora Ventures, formerly known as AB Health Ventures, the company’s dedicated corporate venture fund, also has committed to donating 10% of future realized profits to support the efforts of the Cencora Impact Foundation and its continued work to improve healthcare access globally.

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