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TERUMO 100th HISTORY

Terumo’s 100-year journey has been all about meeting the new healthcare challenges of each era.
Here, we introduce Terumo’s chronology as seen through its corporate and products.

The Age of Thermometers良質な体温計の国産化

  • 1921

    Foundation of Red Line Thermometer Corporation

    Terumo Corporation was founded as Red Line Thermometer Corporation by a group of several medical scientists led by Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato, with the intention of manufacturing the most reliable clinical thermometer possible in Japan.

  • 1936

    Change of company name to Jintan Thermometer Corporation

    In 1922, thermometer distributor Jintan Honpo organized a newspaper contest to name a new thermometer. Jintan Thermometer was chosen as the winner and after it became a household name, the company followed suit, becoming Jintan Thermometer Corporation.

製品多角化の時代体温計メーカーから脱皮

  • 1963

    Japan’s first disposable syringes

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  • 1964

    Foundation of Fujinomiya Factory

    Established to manufacture glass thermometers

  • 1969

    Launch of Japan’s first blood bag containing a blood preservative

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  • 1970

    Foundation of Ashitaka Factory

    Launched operations as a dedicated factory for thermometers and other glass medical devices.

  • 1971

    Foundation of Terumo America Inc. in the U.S. and Terumo Europe S.A. in Belgium

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  • 1973

    Launch of Japan’s first intravenous solutions in soft plastic bags

    Terumo developed an intravenous solutions container inhibiting penetration of exterior air to reduce the risk of microbiological contamination.

  • 1974

    Change of company name to Terumo Corporation

    The company name was changed to Terumo Corporation, as many products were marketed under the Terumo trademark and were gaining recognition as Terumo medical devices.

領域拡大の時代医療の広い領域に進出

  • 1977

    Japanese launch of a hollow-fiber dialyzer

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  • 1978

    Foundation of Suruga Factory

    Established to develop and manufacture ME (Medical Electronics) devices.

  • 1980

    Japanese launch of STC-502 infusion pump

    The STC-502 was launched as Japan’s first peristaltic finger pump following development of the STC-12 in 1977.

  • 1980

    Japanese launch of parenteral nutrient solution in soft plastic bags

  • 1982

    Japanese launch of Capiox II porous hollow-fiber oxygenator

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  • 1982

    Japanese launch of insulin syringe with a fixed needle

  • 1983

    Japanese launch of STC-521 syringe pump

  • 1983

    Foundation of Kofu Factory

    Launched operations as a dedicated factory for disposable medical devices.

  • 1983

    Launch of a digital thermometer for hospital use, in line with the 1985 cessation of mercury thermometer production

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  • 1985

    Japanese launch of angiographic catheter system, ushering Terumo into the field of cardiovascular intervention therapies

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  • 1986

    Entry into healthcare management field

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  • 1988

    Japanese launch of peritoneal dialysis system, marking entry into home healthcare field

    Terumo developed a peritoneal dialysis product allowing removal of waste products from the blood by injecting and retaining dialysis fluid inside the abdominal cavity. This greatly contributes to increased quality of life for patients by enabling dialysis at home.

  • 1989

    Establishment of Shonan Center R&D facility in Japan

    This comprehensive research center enhanced efficiency by concentrating research in one location, expanding research areas, and improving the global competitiveness of both technology and human resources.

  • 1989

    Japanese launch of world’s first digestive nutrient

  • 1989

    Japanese launch of Venoject II vacuum blood collecting system made of plastic

  • 1992

    Japanese launch of CAPDEAL twin-bag peritoneal dialysis system

  • 1992

    Japanese launch of MININO electronic blood pressure monitors for hospital use

  • 1993

    Japanese launch of Mediace blood glucose monitoring system

    Terumo developed a user-friendly glucometer, puncture device and measurement chip.

  • 1994

    Japanese launch of CAPDEAL TSCD sterile tubing welder

  • 1995

    Foundation of Terumo Medical Products (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. in China

  • 1995

    Japanese launch of Capiox EBS percutaneous cardiopulmonary support system

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  • 1995

    Japanese launch of Stenofocus NT PTCA balloon catheter

    Terumo developed a catheter for coronary artery disease treatment.

  • 1995

    Japanese launch of Terumeal 2.0 condensed liquid nutrition

    This nutrient food measuring 2kcal/ml is based on the concept of abundant nutrition within a small portion.

  • 1996

    Support launch for TRI (Trans Radical Intervention: a coronary intervention technique in which catheter insertion is performed from the radial artery in the wrist)

    Terumo began promoting TRI with product development and proactive physician training.

  • 1997

    Japanese launch of Medisafe blood glucose monitoring system

  • 1998

    Foundation of Terumo (Philippines) Corp. as a production facility

  • 1998

    Foundation of Terumo Beiersdorf K.K. (current Terumo BSN K.K.) as a joint venture with German Beiersdorf

  • 1998

    Japanese launch of the TERUSYS blood component collection system

  • 1998

    European launch of K-Pack II needle in a new initiative to package administration devices with pharmaceuticals sold by pharmaceutical companies

国際化の時代世界の医療の発展に貢献

  • 1999

    Cardiovascular division of 3M Company becomes part of Terumo, leading to establishment of Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp. in the U.S.

  • 1999

    Establishment of Terumo Penpol Ltd. in India as a joint venture

  • 1999

    Establishment of European catheter business division in Paris, France

  • 1999

    European launch of IMUFLEX blood bags with leukocyte reduction filter

  • 1999

    Japanese and Asian launch of coronary stent produced in Japan for the first time

  • 1999

    Japanese launch of Mukin A sterile tubing welder

    This device connects tubes during peritoneal dialysis.

  • 1999

    Japan’s first adoption of peritoneal dialysis system polypropylene bag

  • 1999

    Japanese launch of prefilled syringes

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  • 2000

    Japan’s first launch of neutralized peritoneal dialysate

  • 2000

    Japanese launch of SURPLUG closed infusion system

  • 2001

    Japanese launch of ARM IN home-use electronic blood pressure monitor, a cuffless arm-insertion product

  • 2001

    Japanese launch of My Home PICO automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) system

  • 2002

    Establishment of Terumo Medical Pranex

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  • 2002

    Vascutek Ltd., a U.K. manufacturer of vascular grafts, joins Terumo Group

  • 2003

    Foundation of Terumo Heart Inc. in US, as a base for ventricular assist device development

  • 2003

    Introduction of parenteral nutrient solutions with multivitamins, glucose, amino acids and electrolytes

  • 2003

    Japanese launch of TR BAND radial compression device

  • 2003

    Japanese launch of prefilled syringes, commencing full-scale CDMO to satisfy pharmaceutical companies’ needs

    Terumo provides prefillable syringes creating new value by combining medicines and medical devices.

  • 2003

    Launch of Perfusion System 1 heart-lung machine

    The device functions in place of the heart by circulating blood outside the body during open-heart surgery.

  • 2003

    Japanese launch of PTCA guidewire

    Terumo produces its first PTCA guidewire with a coil and NiTi shaft.

  • 2005

    Receipt of CE mark approval for Anaconda stent grafts

  • 2005

    Japanese launch of NANOPASS 33 disposable needle for pen-injectors

    The new needle, serving patients who require regular injections of insulin or other medicines, received a Good Design Award in 2005.

  • 2005

    Japanese launch of PG Soft semi-soft liquid meal

  • 2006

    MicroVention Inc., a U.S. neurovascular company, joins Terumo Group

  • 2006

    Foundation of Terumo Vietnam Co., Ltd. as a production facility

  • 2006

    Start direct sales of vascular interventional product in the U.S., establishing a local division

  • 2006

    Japanese launch of prefilled syringes for mixed injections featuring a misadministration prevention function

  • 2007

    European launch of DuraHeart left ventricular assist system

    An artificial heart intended for patients with severe heart failure who are eligible for cardiac transplantation, designed to improve preoperative circulation. Terumo enters strategic alliance with Thoratec Corp. in 2013 and transfers development.

  • 2007

    European launch of Misago peripheral stent

  • 2007

    Japanese launch of F2 shot condensed liquid nutrient with viscosity

  • 2007

    Launch of Terumo body temperature laboratory website

    Terumo shares a wide range of information on body temperature.

  • 2008

    Clinical Supply Co., Ltd. (Japan) joins Terumo Group

    Develops products for the radiotherapy field such as angiography catheters and microcatheters, enhancing diagnosis and treatment of liver disease.

  • 2008

    Japanese launch of Peptino digestive liquid meal

  • 2008

    European launch of Nobori drug-eluting coronary stent

  • 2008

    European launch of TACSI automated blood processing system

    The device uses centrifugal force for automatic separation of donor blood into each blood component.

  • 2008

    Japanese launch of Capiox FX oxygenator

    This oxygenator integrates an artery filter.

  • 2008

    Japanese launch of VISIWAVE intravascular ultrasound diagnostic system

  • 2008

    Launch of Chaperon guiding catheters, Traxcess guidewires and Headway microcatheters

    Terumo begins provision of access devices for neurovascular intervention.

  • 2009

    Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd., (current Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd.) launches a long-acting erythropoiesis stimulating agent with a syringe design co-developed with Terumo in Japan

    The design boosts device recognition, with functionality enhanced through the adoption of a movable Luer-lock adapter.

  • 2009

    Japanese launch of Purell hand sanitizer by GOJO Industries, Inc.

  • 2010

    Establishment of Terumo Americas Holding Inc.

  • 2010

    Japanese launch of Chemosafe anticancer drug infusion system

  • 2011

    CaridianBCT Holding Corp., a global leader in the blood transfusion industry, joins Terumo Group

  • 2011

    Harvest Technologies Corp. joins Terumo Group

    Advanced centrifugal technology enables development of a product separating and collecting necessary components from a patient’s own blood and bone marrow.

  • 2011

    Foundation of Terumo (China) Holding Co., Ltd.

  • 2011

    Foundation of Terumo Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd.

  • 2011

    Foundation of Terumo Yamaguchi Corp. as a production facility

    The new facility strengthens production systems following increasing demand in the catheter field. The corporate business continuity plan relocates some factories to western Japan for the first time, upending the previous concentration of plants in eastern Japan.

  • 2011

    European launch of LVIS coil assist stent

  • 2012

    Terumo joins United Nations Global Compact

  • 2012

    Foundation of WEGO Terumo (Weihai) Medical Products Co., Ltd.

    Weigo and Terumo form a strategic business alliance in the peritoneal dialysis business.

  • 2012

    European launch of LUNAWAVE optical frequency domain imaging system

  • 2012

    Launch of LM700/LM800 and SS700/SS800 series Smart Infusion System in Japan, Asia, Europe and Latin America

    The Smart Infusion System can be connected to hospital IT systems.

  • 2012

    European launch of Thoraflex Hybrid, a surgical hybrid stent graft to treat patients with thoracic arch disease

  • 2012

    Introduction of IV solution bag for safe administration in Japan

  • 2013

    First Terumo Patient’s Day

    Annual global events are held to boost motivation through the shared feeling that Terumo's work contributes to the well-being of patients.

  • 2013

    Terumo Europe N.V. establishes an independent business unit for a kit-packing business for pharmaceutical companies

  • 2013

    Introduction of the HR Joint series of vital measuring devices with communications functions in Japan

    The devices were developed to improve efficiency in medical facilities and provide timely data sharing.

  • 2013

    Launch of Japan's first intravenous injectable acetaminophen antipyretic analgesic

  • 2013

    European launch of FRED flow diverter

  • 2014

    Revision of group logo

  • 2014

    Foundation of Terumo Medical Innovation, Inc. in U.S. as an R&D base

  • 2014

    European launch of CASPER carotid artery stent and PHIL liquid embolic system

  • 2014

    European launch of Ultimaster drug-eluting coronary stents

    The first drug-eluting stents that were solely developed by Terumo.

  • 2014

    Japanese launch of Mermed state-changeable nutrient formula

  • 2014

    Japanese launch of SURPLUG AD closed infusion system

  • 2014

    Japanese launch of world’s first peritoneal dialysate containing neutralized icodextrin

  • 2015

    Establishment of Terumo Yamaguchi D&D Corp.

    This corporation was founded to manufacture drug-device combination products which integrate pharmaceuticals with medical devices.

  • 2015

    Japanese launch of Capiox centrifugal pump controller SP-200 (NEO), a centrifugal pump drive device for extracorporeal circulation devices

  • 2015

    European launch of SOFIA PLUS aspiration catheter

  • 2016

    Sequent Medical, Inc., a U.S. neurovascular company, joins Terumo Group

  • 2016

    Addition of WEB embolization system to lineup of aneurysm treatments in Europe

  • 2016

    Japanese launch of autologous skeletal myoblast sheet as a cellular- or tissue-based regenerative product treating severe heart failure

  • 2017

    Acquisition of vascular closure business and other assets of U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories

    We inherited the Angio-Seal vascular closure device, yielding a lineup of vascular access products serving needs ranging from puncture to hemostasis.

  • 2017

    Bolton Medical, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of stent grafts for aortic disease, joins Terumo Group

  • 2017

    Japanese and Asian launch of Xenex’s LightStrike pulsed Xenon UV system

  • 2017

    Japanese launch of spray-type adhesion barrier

    The product helps prevent postoperative adhesions when applied to treatment areas. The low-volume product was launched in 2019.

  • 2017

    Japanese launch of UpLead highly condensed liquid nutrition

    The product helps achieve balanced nutrition with high-energy components, carbohydrate, fat, proteins, vitamins, and minerals within a small portion.

  • 2017

    Japanese launch of Chemosafe Lock closed system drug transfer device (CSTD)

  • 2018

    Kofu Factory receives FDA GMP certification for manufacturing and filling premixed intravenous solutions. It is the first time that any premixed products manufactured by Terumo have been made available in the U.S. market.

  • 2018

    European launch of RelayPro thoracic stent graft system

  • 2018

    Japanese launch of MEDISAFE WITH insulin patch pump

  • 2018

    Launch of CDI blood parameter monitoring system 550

  • 2018

    Biosimilar using PLAJEX prefillable syringe introduced to the European market

  • 2019

    Essen Technology Co., Ltd. (China) joins Terumo Group

    Terumo enters the Chinese drug-eluting stent (DES) market.

  • 2019

    Rebuilding of Terumo Group Identity and newly establishing Core Values

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  • 2019

    Aortica Corp. (U.S.) joins Terumo Group

    Aortica manufactures stent grafts optimized for individual patients.

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of Dexcom G4 PLATINUM system continuous glucose monitoring system

    Terumo is Japan’s exclusive distributor of the continuous glucose monitoring system manufactured by US-based DexCom, Inc., supporting glucose management of diabetes patients via an understanding of glucose change tendencies.

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of NANOPASS needle II (NANOPASS Jr.) disposable needle for pen-injectors

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of Clicksafe dialysis fluid exchange system

    The device connects a bag containing dialysis fluid with an indwelling catheter to enable injection and removal of dialysis fluid.

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of UpLead Mini highly condensed liquid nutrition

    The product provides 200kcal in an easy-to-drink 50ml portion.

  • 2019

    Launch of FINIA Fill and Finish system

  • 2020

    Quirem Medical B.V. (Netherlands) joins Terumo Group

    Quirem developed and manufactures QuiremSpheres™, microspheres containing the radioactive isotope Holmium-166.

  • 2020

    Biosimilar, using PLAJEX prefillable syringes, receives FDA approval. As a result, PLAJEX is now able to enter the three markets of Europe, Japan, and the US for the first time.

  • 2020

    First custom Thoraflex Hybrid implantations in the UK and Italy

  • 2021

    100th anniversary of the founding of Terumo

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