1462Foundation of the Hirsch Pharmacy in Frankfurt am Main. The Fresenius family assumes ownership in the 18th century.
1912Dr. Eduard Fresenius, pharmacist and proprietor of the Hirsch Pharmacy commences the production of pharmaceuticals.
1933The manufacturing company is separated from the Hirsch Pharmacy and moves to Bad Homburg.
1952Else Fernau, later Else Kröner, takes over the responsibility for the pharmacy and company after she has obtained her degree in pharmacy studies.
1966Fresenius starts to sell dialysis machines and dialyzers manufactured by various foreign companies and gains substantial market shares.
1974Fresenius starts to manufacture infusion solutions and medical disposables in St. Wendel, Germany. Today, Fresenius Medical Care produces highly innovative Polysulfone dialyzers in St. Wendel.
1979In a newly acquired factory in Schweinfurt, Germany, the production of the A2008 dialysis machine begins. The new machine was very successful, and awarded a gold medal for technological innovation at the Leipzig Trade Fair.
1981The first peritoneal dialysis solution bags were manufactured in St. Wendel, when the system consisted of only one bag including the so-called Safe●Lock® connector that gave the Safe●Lock® standard system its name.
1983The Company takes up the production of synthetic polysulfone fiber membranes for blood purification. These membranes today set the quality standards for dialyzers.
1992PD Plus, an automated PD therapy option offers a mid-day exchange to enhance the therapy delivered to peritoneal dialysis patients without the need for additional supplies.
1995/96Biofine® is a PVC-free material which has been developed in St. Wendel. Being free from plasticizers it provides advantages for patients and the environment. Biofine® is thinner than comparable PVC foil and cheaper to produce.
1996Fresenius Medical Care is founded from a merger of Fresenius Worldwide Dialysis and National Medical Care. Fresenius Medical Care’s shares are listed at the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and New York.
1999At Fresenius Medical Care the 100,000th dialysis machine comes off the production line. Fresenius Medical Cares’ ordinary share is admitted to the DAX, Germany’s blue-chip share index.
2003Fresenius Medical Care is the leading dialysis company caring for more than 119,000 patients in own dialysis centers worldwide. With a production output of more than 50 million dialyzers per year Fresenius Medical Care sets a new record.
2005The new dialysis therapy system 5008 is introduced in the market and wins the “Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft” prize for this innovative development.
2006Fresenius Medical Care acquired the U.S. dialysis care provider Renal Care Group, Inc. Through its network of around 2.000 dialysis clinics around the world the company provides dialysis treatments to approximately 157,000 patients.
Fresenius Medical Care also transforms its legal form into KGaA.