40 Years of Pharma Test!
40 Years of Pharma Test! (1979-2019)
Pharma Test has turned 40 in 2019! 40 years of technical innovations, customer orientation, service, reliability and partnerships. Global Player. Driven to keep on evolving and to making a difference.
Pharma Test was founded by Franz J. Fähler in 1979 in Hainburg, a district of Offenbach in the center of Germany. Through his previous sales activities in the drug quality control testing industry he recognized the potential in this growing market. The company is now worldwide a leader in high quality testing equipment used in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industries.
Not in a garage, but in the attic of a townhouse Pharma Test was built out of nowhere and at the beginning with a single manpower. The initial driving force behind this committed endeavor was the quest to create a new hallmark for testing quality-relevant properties during and after the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.
Franz J. Fähler at a product presentation in the early eighties
Milestones and growth
As its first product, Pharma Test launched a dissolution testing instrument for the analytical control of tablets. The device was one of the first models with an automated lift drive to raise and lower the head of the machine. The product range was gradually expanded to include galenic instruments for the physical testing of tablets and other solid dosage forms, powders and granules.
Pharma Test booth at ACHEMA 1997 exhibiting both tablet dissolution testing and galenic instruments
In 1982, Pharma Test participated for the first time in one of the world’s largest trade fairs for the industry: the ACHEMA trade fair in Frankfurt am Main. Further participations of Pharma Test at ACHEMA and other important trade fairs in Germany and all over the world followed.
One of the earlier Pharma Test offices from 1986-1989
Franz Fähler and his wife and CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of Pharma Test Petra Fähler who joined the company in 1984 in front of the newer, larger Pharma Test office
In 1997 Pharma Test acquired the company Pharmag GmbH in Klipphausen near Dresden. This company already existed in GDR times and manufactured testing equipment for the pharmaceutical industry there. After the German reunification, Pharmag became an important supplier of parts and assembly services for the equipment manufactured by Pharma Test. In addition to the manufacturing and the supply of equipment and parts, Pharmag today sells its own product line, a pilot plant system for the formulation and small batch production of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
In 2016, J & M Analytik AG, a manufacturer and developer of UV/VIS/NIR as well as Rahman spectrometers and systems based on optical fibers and diode array detectors, was acquired by the Pharma Test Group.
Longtime partners then and now: Franz Fähler (second left and third left) with Dr. John Burmicz (second right and second left) from Pharma Test Ltd for UK and Mr. Vartan Setiguian (on the left and second right) from distributing partner VART for Syria with his sister Zabel Setiguian
Strong distribution network
All of the equipment and automated systems are offered to customers through a strong network of subsidiaries and distributors with over 100 partnering companies around the world. Each with qualified and trained staff to offer service and maintenance locally. Pharma Test values good, longstanding relationships with our partners and all our stakeholders which is based on trust, reliability, transparency and corporation.
Longtime partners then and now: Mr. Kim from distributing partner Dyne Trading (both on the right) for the Republic of Korea together next to Franz and Petra Fähler and during an award ceremony at the Pharma Test distributor seminar for Asia-Pacific 2019
Two Generations: Franz Fähler (on the right) and his son and current CEO Björn Fähler at the Pharma Test Group booth at analytica 2016 in Munich
Today Franz J. Fähler remains in the company as Chairman of the Board (COB). His son Björn Fähler has been a member of the Executive Board since 2009 and is now successfully leading as CEO of the company through its second generation. His goal is to further develop the company group and to future-proof it.
CEO Björn Fähler at analytica Vietnam 2019 accepting a reward for Pharma Test for participating at the 10th anniversary of the exhibition
Sponsorship project "Dispersion Releaser" together with Fraunhofer IME and Goethe University Frankfurt/Main (images: courtesy of HA Hessen Agentur GmbH - Jan Michael Hosan)
Continuous further development of the product range
Today’s product portfolio ranges from simple, manual testers for the physical testing of tablets, capsules, suppositories, bulk solids and other products, to fully automated analytical testing systems for determining drug content using UV/VIS and NIR spectroscopy. Pharma Test always strives to offer new solutions. For example, a new apparatus for testing nano-dosage forms called the Dispersion Releaser is being developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. Pharma Test continues to evolve its products and product range to meet ever-changing customer needs.