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History

Terumo Europe NV was founded in 1971.
However, the history of our parent company, Terumo Corporation, spans an even greater period in medical device development.
In the early 1920’s, a group of Japanese doctors responded to the shortage of medical equipment in Japan by forming a company to develop a superior clinical thermometer for domestic distribution.
That company later became Terumo Corporation. It has continued to grow and has now taken its place among the global leaders in the medical device industry.


1921  Company founded

1922  Introduction of the first clinical thermometer

1964  Launch of disposable hypodermic syringes

1969  Production and launch of disposable blood bags

1971  Terumo Europe NV is founded in Belgium, Terumo America is founded in the USA

1981  Introduction of the world’s first first hollow-fiber oxygenator

1985  Introduction of the Terumo Hydrophilic Guidewire

1986  Launch of Terumo angiographic catheters

1996  UK Plant is established

1999  Terumo acquires the cardiovascular division of 3M and significantly expands perfusion portfolio

2000  Launch of Tsunami, Terumo’s first coronary stent

2002  Acquisition of Vascutek Ltd., a global leader in artificial vascular grafts

2002  Introduction of Capiox Baby RX Neonatal Oxygenator and Terumo Advanced Perfusion System 1 heart-lung machine

2003  Launch of Venosafe specimen collection tubes produced by Terumo Europe

2003  Global distribution agreement with Biocompatibles for BeadBlock (Embolisation)

2006  Terumo Europe NV opens Representative Office in Moscow

2007  Terumo launches DuraHeart, an implantable Left Ventricular Assist Device

2008  Terumo Opens Office in Switzerland

2008  Terumo launches the Nobori Drug Eluting Stent

2009  Terumo launches a syringe for insulin patients featuring the world’s smallest needle

2010  Introduction of TACSI, a fully automated blood processing system

2011  Terumo launches K-Pack Surshield, a needle with innovative sharps protection

2011  Acquisition of CaridianBCT, Terumo becomes a global leader in the field of blood transfusion

2012  Austrian rep office is established

2012  Launch of OFDI (Optical Frequency-Domain Imaging);
          LUNAWAVE for imaging and inspecting of coronary artery lumen and vessel surface layer

2013  Terumo Russia branch is established

2014  Terumo launches the Ultimaster Drug Eluting Stent

2014  Terumo Europe creates Interventional Oncology division

2015  Terumo launches  LifePearl microspheres

2015  Terumo creates Africa Business Division

2016  Terumo Middle East is established