In 1983, after the death of Dr. Antoni Esteve i Subirana (1902-1979), his descendants decided to honor his memory with the creation of the Dr. Antoni Esteve Foundation, a non-profit institution whose objective is to promote the promotion of the Pharmacotherapy and science in general through multiple activities and publications.
Meeting in Barcelona Paquita Soler, the wife of Dr. Antoni Esteve i Subirana, and their children Josep, Montserrat and Joan, appointed as Chairman of the Board the eldest son, Dr. Josep Esteve i Soler (1930-2019), who served as position during the first 36 years of the institution’s history. In 2019, his sister, Dr. Montserrat Esteve i Soler, assumed the presidency of the Board.
To start the Foundation in 1983, the Esteve family decided to enlist the help of Dr. Sergio Erill Sáez (1938-2020), a pioneer of clinical pharmacology in Spain. He accepted the challenge of being the Founding Director of the Dr. Antoni Esteve Foundation, emulating the English CIBA Foundation. Established in 1949, Lord William Henry Beveridge defined it as “not a laboratory for mixing compounds, but a laboratory for mixing scientists”.