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Alza Corp. leaving city after 17 years

Original post made on Aug 9, 2007

Johnson and Johnson, Alza's parent company, is shutting down operations in Mountain View, laying off 600 employees in the process.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 9, 2007, 12:03 PM


Posted by Alfred, a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Actually, Johnson and Johnson bought Alza in 2001 for $12 Billion, not million as reported in this story from the Wall Street Journal last week.

"Late yesterday, J&J said it would close the Mountain View, Calif., headquarters of Alza, a company it bought for $12 billion in 2001, eliminating 600 positions and moving 200 others from Alza and another company, Scios, to other J&J locations."

Posted by GSB, a resident of Castro City
on Aug 9, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Sad to see a good neighbor go.

Posted by starriderrick, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 21, 2007 at 1:24 am

A sign of the times, it's not a good sign.The Alza building looks like a ghost town.

Posted by Jane, a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2007 at 4:18 pm

I have read that a number of young beagle dogs that were reportedly used in some type of research are being left without a place to go and are reportedly in danger of euthanasia. Perhaps those of you who live in the area can verify that and if necessary, adopt one of those adorable little doggies.

Posted by Mona, a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:36 am

Here is the paragraph being circulated to various rescue groups....

Alza Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company is closing their
Mountain View facility. The animal test facility has 40, 16 month old
beagle puppies that DESPERATELY need good loving homes. These dogs
were NEVER tested. If you know of anyone, a rescue /or/ are interested in helping give these puppies homes, please contact Rick Bible at


Posted by Nobody, a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2007 at 10:31 pm

This information is inaccurate, please disregard. The company already had an adoption program in place and dogs have been placed in good homes. They were never in danger of euthenasia, and it is peoples jobs to take animal care very seriously. Such a need would be met well in advance of an imagined deadline.

Posted by ger, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm

where is the shelter that the dogs are placed? can people still go and adopt one of the puppies

Posted by Allison, a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2007 at 10:18 am

This is a false statement. Please see the Alza website:
Web Link

Posted by Patt Wilson, a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2007 at 2:42 pm

It's not the dogs in risk of euthanasia, it's the employees. As a career counselor, I am always surpised at how indifferent and desensitized that we have become to this sort of thing.

I have discussed the people cost of Alza's closure and impact to the talent base caused by mergers and acquistions in my blog Web Link

Posted by Henry McDowell M.D., a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 10, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Animal testing is old cruel and very very unproductive.
Are the puppies really save ?
Alza? Ha! They don't care about their employees.
Why would they care about the puppies ?

Posted by Truth, a resident of another community
on Jan 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

ALZA was an amazing place to work and the people dedicated everything to the work that was being done. It's a once-in-a-lifetime career experience that I wish everyone could have. I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn from the best.