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Tradition and Innovation

Good ideas, ground-breaking innovations and entrepreneurial responsibility: that sums up the history of B. Braun.

It all began in 1839, when Julius Wilhelm Braun bought the Rose Pharmacy in Melsungen. The challenges have changed since the early 19th century. But then, and now, our goals are: create innovations in medical therapies and recognize what is important during exchanges with customers and partners. In six generations, the enterprise has developed into a global company with subsidiaries on every continent.

Corporate history: Continuous growth

14,000 thalers of start-up capital, plus courage and boundless enthusiasm



What plans did 31-year-old Julius Wilhelm Braun have in his head when in 1839 he bought a pharmacy in Melsungen?  He paid 14,000 thalers, quite a tidy sum in those days. The young entrepreneur had courage and a good head for business. His vision was quite clear: turn the small Rose Pharmacy into something bigger. In his wildest dreams, he could not have foreseen that his modest enterprise would one day become a company that spans the globe. 


Clinical nutrition

B. Braun defines parenteral nutrition therapy



Medical nutrition therapy has only been possible since the 1960s. Before, survival was impossible for patients who could not ingest nutrients in the normal manner. Amino acids, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace elements – these substances are essential for human survival. But how could they be administered to people parenterally, i.e., intravenously, without passing through the digestive system first? This was insurmountable for many years, especially the delivery of fats. 


Extracorporeal Blood Treatment

Purifying blood to save lives



Blood purification has always been an extremely complicated branch of medicine. After the breakthrough in clinical dialysis in the 1950s, B. Braun invested in the latest technology and started as a supplier for extracorporeal blood treatment. This filtration procedure is used to remove many toxins from the blood. At the end of the 1960s, the company began to manufacture its own dialysis machines in cooperation with FRABA.


Infusion Therapy

Pioneering work: safety, quality and comfort



Infusion solutions, rigid metal cannulas and fragile glass vials — that’s how infusion therapy started back in the 1930s. B. Braun did pioneering work in the early days of infusion solutions: Sterofundin was one of the first infusion solutions to be produced industrially. To this day, it is an indispensable part of modern medicine. 


Surgery and Orthopedics

With sensitivity and precision



Manual dexterity, an eye for details and the right “tools” are indispensable for surgeons. Gottfried Jetter started manufacturing surgical instruments in Tuttlingen in 1867. What began as a small workshop expanded rapidly after his brothers-in-law Karl-Christian und Wilhelm Scheerer joined him, and they quickly became famous, thanks to outstanding quality and precision craftsmanship. Their vision is what led to success. Scalpels, scissors, tweezers, needles, forceps – the company, which later changed its name to Aesculap, has always specialized in the production of instruments for diagnostics, dentistry, veterinary medicine and, of course, surgery.

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Surgery Museum Asclepius

The way forward can frequently be found by going back and retracing paths already trod, and by recognising that the successes and failures of past eras can serve as lessons for the future.
Journey to the past with Aesculap


Wound Closure

A revolutionary idea for wound therapy



Open, operate, close, remove stitches: everyone is familiar with the wound closure procedure. Wound treatment is a field of therapy with a long tradition at B. Braun. Guaranteeing the sterility of sutures posed a big problem until the beginning of the 20th century, because sutures only close the wound. It is just as important to ensure that no infections endanger the healing process that follows. 

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