Terumo 100th Anniversary Website

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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

製品多角化の時代体温計メーカーから脱皮

  • 1963

    Japan’s first launch of disposable syringes

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  • 1964

    Foundation of Fujinomiya Factory

  • 1969

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

  • 1970

    Foundation of Ashitaka Factory

  • 1971

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

  • 1973

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

  • 1974

    Change of company name to Terumo Corporation

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

  • 1978

    Foundation of Suruga Factory

  • 1980

    Japanese launch of the STC-502 infusion pump

  • 1980

    Japanese launch of a parenteral nutrient solution in soft plastic bags

  • 1982

    Japanese launch of the Capiox II porous hollow-fiber oxygenator

  • 1982

    Japanese launch of an insulin syringe with a fixed needle

  • 1983

    Japanese launch of the STC-521 syringe pump

  • 1983

    Foundation of Kofu Factory

  • 1983

    Launch of digital thermometer for hospital use, followed by the complete termination of mercury thermometer production in 1985

  • 1985

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

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  • 1986

    Entry to the healthcare management field

  • 1988

    Japanese launch of peritoneal dialysis system, entering into the home healthcare field

  • 1989

    Establishment of Shonan Center R&D facility in Japan

  • 1989

    Japanese launch of the world’s first digestive nutrient

  • 1989

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

  • 1992

    Japanese launch of the CAPDEAL twin-bag peritoneal dialysis system

  • 1992

    Japanese launch of MININO electronic blood pressure monitors for hospital use

  • 1993

    Japanese launch of the Mediace blood glucose monitoring system

  • 1994

    Japanese launch of the CAPDEAL TSCD sterile tubing welder

  • 1995

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

  • 1995

    Japanese launch of the Capiox EBS percutaneous cardiopulmonary support system

  • 1995

    Japanese launch of the Stenofocus NT PTCA balloon catheter

  • 1995

    Japanese launch of the Terumeal 2.0 condensed liquid nutrition

  • 1996

    Start of support for TRI (Transradial Intervention: a coronary intervention technique with catheter insertion made from the radial artery in the wrist)

  • 1997

    Japanese launch of the 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 the K-Pack II needle, starts providing administration devices for packaging with phamaceuticals 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 the IMUFLEX blood bags with leukocyte reduction filter

  • 1999

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

  • 1999

    Japanese launch of the Mukin A sterile tubing welder

  • 1999

    Japan’s first adoption of the peritoneal dialysis system polypropylene bag

  • 1999

    Japanese launch of prefilled syringes

  • 2000

    Japan’s first launch of a neutralized peritoneal dialysate

  • 2000

    Japanese launch of the SURPLUG closed infusion system

  • 2001

    Japanese launch of the ARM IN home-use electronic blood pressure monitor, an arm-insertion type that needs no arm band

  • 2001

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

  • 2002

    Establishment of Terumo Medical Pranex

  • 2002

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

  • 2003

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

  • 2003

    Introduction of parenteral nutrient solution with multi-vitamins, glucose, amino acids and electrolytes

  • 2003

    Japanese launch of the TR BAND radial compression device

  • 2003

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

  • 2003

    Launch of the Perfusion System 1 heart-lung machine

  • 2003

    Japanese launch of the PTCA guide wire

  • 2005

    Receiving CE mark approval for the Anaconda stent grafts

  • 2005

    Japanese launch of the NANOPASS 33 disposable needle for pen-injector

  • 2005

    Japanese launch of the 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

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

  • 2006

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

  • 2007

    European launch of the DuraHeart implantable left ventricular assist device

  • 2007

    European launch of the Misago peripheral stent

  • 2007

    Japanese launch of the F2 shot condensed liquid nutrient with viscosity

  • 2007

    Opening of the Terumo body temperature laboratory website

  • 2008

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

  • 2008

    Japanese launch of the Peptino digestive liquid meal

  • 2008

    European launch of the Nobori drug-eluting coronary stent

  • 2008

    European launch of the TACSI automated blood processing system

  • 2008

    Japanese launch of the Capiox FX oxygenator

  • 2008

    Japanese launch of the VISIWAVE intravascular ultrasound diagnostic system

  • 2008

    Launch of the Chaperon guiding catheters, Traxcess guidewires and Headway microcathters

  • 2009

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

  • 2009

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

  • 2010

    Establishment of Terumo Americas Holding Inc.

  • 2010

    Japanese launch of the 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

  • 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

  • 2011

    European launch of the LVIS coil assist stent

  • 2012

    Terumo joins the United Nations Global Compact

  • 2012

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

  • 2012

    European launch of the LUNAWAVE optical frequency domain imaging system

  • 2012

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

  • 2012

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

  • 2012

    Introduction of the IV solution bag for safe administration in Japan

  • 2013

    Establishment of Terumo Patient's Day

  • 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

  • 2013

    Launch of Japan's first intravenous injectable acetaminophen antipyretic analgesic

  • 2013

    European launch of the FRED flow diverter

  • 2014

    Revision of group logo

  • 2014

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

  • 2014

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

  • 2014

    European launch of the Ultimaster drug-eluting coronary stents

  • 2014

    Japanese launch of the Mermed state-changeable nutrient formula

  • 2014

    Japanese launch of the SURPLUG AD closed infusion system

  • 2014

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

  • 2015

    Establishment of Terumo Yamaguchi D&D Corp.

  • 2015

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

  • 2015

    European launch of the SOFIA PLUS aspiration catheter

  • 2016

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

  • 2016

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

  • 2016

    Japanese launch of the autologous skeletal myoblast sheet as a cellular or tissue-based regenerative products in Japan for treating severe heart failure

  • 2017

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

  • 2017

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

  • 2017

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

  • 2017

    Japanese launch of a spray-type adhesion barrier

  • 2017

    Japanese launch of the UpLead high condensed liquid nutrition

  • 2017

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

  • 2018

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

  • 2018

    European launch of the RelayPro thoracic stent graft system

  • 2018

    Japanese launch of the MEDISAFE WITH insulin patch pump

  • 2018

    Launch of the CDI blood parameter monitoring system 550

  • 2018

    Biosimilar using the PLAJEX prefillable syringe was introduced to the European market

  • 2019

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

  • 2019

    Rebuilding the Terumo Group Identity while newly creating Core Values

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  • 2019

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

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM system continuous glucose monitoring system

  • 2019

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

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of the Clicksafe dialysis fluid exchange system

  • 2019

    Japanese launch of the UpLead Mini high condensed liquid nutrition

  • 2019

    Launch of the FINIA Fill and Finish system

  • 2020

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

  • 2020

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

  • 2020

    First custom Thoraflex Hybrid implantation in the U.K. and Italy

  • 2021

    100th anniversary of the foundation

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