History

Ginsana SA, a company with 70 years of history and experience, intends to celebrate its Birthday as the sum of many moments which have led it to become the excellent reality that we know today.
Responsible, in first place for this excellence, are the people which form the beating heart of Ginsana, who have built today, as in the past, this benchmark in “Natural Health”.70 years?
It is just the beginning!

The beginnings

1942

The Swiss dental surgeon Dr. Paul Kradolfer founds the company Pharmaton in Lugano.

1948

Pharmaton first introduces lipressine as a vasoconstrictor for local dental anaesthesia; it is then patented as Pharmatonin.

1954

Pharmaton develops and patents its own molecule of lidocaine, a common local anaesthetic and antiarrhythmic drug.

Changes

1960s

Research and scientific documentation on different medicinal plants, in particular on the roots of Panax ginseng, by C. A. Meyer. For the first time, it became possible to obtain a standardised ginseng extract from these roots (then patented as G115®).

1961

First marketing approval and launch of Geriavit Pharmaton® in Switzerland.

1967

Launch of Kiddi® Pharmaton.

1975-1977

Launch of the Ginsana® line.

1989

Launch of Gincosan® and Prostatonin®.

Boheringer Ingelheim

1991

Integration into the Boehringer Ingelheim Group as a “dedicated centre” for phytopharmaceutical research.

From 1994 on

New marketing and PR strategy introduced under the logo "Pharmaton Natural Health Products"; constant development of new products and new galenic forms of existing products.

1995

Launch of Antistax®.

2000

Launch of Songha® Night.
New, fully automated high-bay warehouse.

2002

Launch of Seresis®

2009

The power of nature captured by science.
The birth of Ginsana.

2010

Launch of the new Ginsana Brand: a new communication approach with a touch of freshness and innovation has started.

2012

Ginsana SA celebrates its 70° Birthday as the sum of many moments which have led it to become the excellent reality in constant evolution that we know today.

Soho Flordis International's group

2013

Starting from 1st July Ginsana is part of Soho Flordis International ’s group, throughout this acquisition SFI aims to become the world leader in the field of clinically proven natural medicine.

2015

Soho Flordis International signs an agreement for the acquisition of Potters and the Equazen™ brand portfolio from Vifor Pharma