Glaxo Wellcome plc (Specimen)

Glaxo Wellcome plc (Specimen)
Item# 4286gwp

In 1880, Burroughs Wellcome & Company was founded in London by American pharmacists Henry Wellcome and Silas Burroughs. The Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories opened in 1902. In 1959 the Wellcome Company bought Cooper, McDougall & Robertson Inc. to become more active in animal health. The Wellcome Company production centre was moved from New York to North Carolina in 1970 and the following year another research centre was built.

Glaxo was founded in Bunnythorpe, New Zealand in 1904. Originally Glaxo was a baby food manufacturer processing local milk into a baby food by the same name: the product was sold in the 1930s under the slogan "Glaxo builds bonny babies". Still visible on the main street of Bunnythorpe is a derelict dairy factory (factory for drying and processing cows' milk into powder) with the original Glaxo logo clearly visible, but nothing to indicate that this was the start of a major multinational company.

Glaxo became Glaxo Laboratories, and opened new units in London in 1935. Glaxo Laboratories bought two companies called Joseph Nathan and Allen & Hanburys in 1947 and 1958 respectively. After the company bought Meyer Laboratories in 1978, it started to play an important role in the US market. In 1983 the American arm Glaxo Inc. moved to Research Triangle Park (US headquarters/research) and Zebulon (US manufacturing) in North Carolina. Burroughs Wellcome and Glaxo merged in 1995 to form GlaxoWellcome. In the same year, GlaxoWellcome opened its Medicine Research Centre in Stevenage. Three years later GlaxoWellcome bought Polfa Poznan Company in Poland.

The company merged with SmithKline Beecham plc (formed by the merger of Beecham plc, and SmithKlineBeckman Corporation) in 2000 to form Glaxo SmithKline.

The Company's wide-ranging portfolio of products includes treatments for diseases such as asthma, migraine, herpes, hepatitis B, epilepsy, stomach ulcers, the side effects of chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS.

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Certificate: Depositary Shares, specimen, late 1900s

Printer: American Bank Note Company

Dimensions: 8 (h) x 12 (w)

State: EN-England

Subject Matter: Famous Companies | Drug Companies | Specimen Pieces

Vignette Topic(s): Allegorical Featured | Globe Featured | Laboratory Equipment Featured

Condition: No fold lines, punch hole cancels in signature areas and bodies. Very crisp.

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