As a real-life family success story, the Guerbet company has been contributing for more than a century to the major pharmaceutical discoveries that fuel progress in medical imaging.
An international dimension
Guerbet kicks off its international expansion by opening its first affiliates (1988-The Netherlands, 1982-Belgium, 1985-Portugal, 1992-Germany). At the same time, Guerbet strengthens its production capabilities by building a second chemical plant in Lanester (Morbihan) in 1981 and acquiring Simafex (fine chemicals) in 1987.
Guerbet markets Hexabrix® in the USA (1985) and in Japan (1978) while continuing to innovate by launching Dotarem® for MRI in 1989. Another major event in this period of expansion is Guerbet's flotation on the second market of the Paris Bourse.
Research and consolidation
In 1964 Michel Guerbet takes over from his father André at the top of the laboratory. 1964 is also marked by the discovery of Telebrix®.
In 1968 Guerbet moves to Aulnay-sous-Bois and in 1979 adds Hexabrix to its range of X-ray imaging products.
Birth of the Laboratory
Foundation of the André Guerbet and Co. laboratory means that Lipiodol® can be used for the first time in radiology.
In 1927, Guerbet moves to Saint-Ouen. Marcel Guerbet and his son André push hard for initiatives in research, innovation and industrial and commercial business practices. New contrast agents are used in urography and angiography, bronchography and hysterosalpingography.
Invention of Lipiodol
Marcel Guerbet develops an iodized oil called Lipiodol®. Its opacifying properties, discovered in 1918, will make it the world's first iodized contrast agent.