The creativity to think of new ideas and the resulting innovation is part of the Grifols DNA. Applying its ingenuity for the betterment of society has been characteristic of the company since the beginning.
In 1936, Dr. Grífols i Roig produced an artificial vaccine from the Vi antigen in collaboration with the General Society of Pharmacy, which represented a bold step forward in the fight against typhoid. Shortly thereafter, against the backdrop of post-war Spain, he registered the first penicillin-based preparation in Spain.
In 1948, Dr. Víctor Grífols i Lucas spearheaded a medical breakthrough that amplified the power of penicillin by 50-60% by combining it with sulfonamides, leading to the creation of a new pharmaceutical specialty called Pentalcillin.
In the early 1950s, Dr. Josep Antoni Grífols i Lucas perfected and systematized the plasmapheresis technique, a revolutionary breakthrough for Grifols that paved the way for an entire plasma-derived medicine industry.
In 1989, Víctor Grífols i Lucas led the development of a path-breaking procedure that enhanced the safety of plasma-derived medicines by making it easier to fill bottles with a sterile product: the Grifols Filling System (GSF).
Showcased in its new museum in Barcelona, the company’s history is one of an open-minded approach, a pioneering spirit of constant improvement that, more than a century later, continues to drive the company’s long-term growth.