From its humble beginnings in a high street pharmacy in the late 19th century, hameln has grown consistently over the past 125 years to become a key supplier in its core markets and in more than 40 markets worldwide.
As early as 1890, Dr. Wilhelm Kerstein, great-grandfather of the current owner, acquired the oldest pharmacy, the “Raths-Apotheke" in Hamelin (the town well-known for its Pied Piper). The Raths-Apotheke was previously owned by Friedrich-Wilhelm Sertürner, the pharmacist who discovered morphine.
Prof. Dr. med. Günther Kerstein oversaw the start of industrial scale manufacturing and the foundation of the “Pharmazeutishche Fabrik Hameln”.
In the 1980s Eike Kerstein led the family business to focus on sterile parenteral drugs, development of our own pharmaceutical products and marketing authorisations. This decade also saw the acquisition of Phoenix Pharmaceuticals, now hameln pharmaceuticals ltd in the UK.
To specialise in the core business, Christoph Kerstein split the original family company into three independent companies, focusing on manufacturing and marketing of parenteral products, primarily focused on supplying high-quality parenteral drugs for intensive medicine and anaesthesiology.
With the acquisition of VULM a.s. in Modra, Slovakia (subsequently becoming hameln rds a.s.) hameln greatly enhanced its technological capabilities, focusing on different steps during the development and production of pharmaceutical products.
For many years, hameln has been represented in the Asia/Pacific region by local partners. The region is constantly growing in importance, so to further exploit this potential and develop these markets even more, hameln set up a branch in Hong Kong in 2010.
The company divested the contract manufacturing business at the end of 2014 and now concentrates on the marketing and distribution of its injectables product portfolio in more than 40 markets worldwide.
hameln is a leading supplier of high quality generic injectable medicines, specialising in critical care. Our portfolio contains a variety of products, ranging from water for injections to sedatives, anaesthetics, analgesics and antidotes. Everything we do is driven by the understanding we are all patients.