Hello Upper Merion…also known as an International Historic Chemical Landmark since 1998
As late as the 1970s, a peptic ulcer could be a life-threatening condition. But that changed when GSK Nobel Laureate, Sir James Black, and a multi-disciplinary team of scientists using an innovative new approach to drug design discovered the first effective H2 antagonist at our Upper Merion site.
When demand for the new drug (cimetidine) soared, an equally creative team of scientists at our labs here accepted the challenge to develop a more efficient process for producing it, which could bypass a bottleneck step. The team was among the first in the industry to emphasize research into new methods rather than optimization of existing processes. The discovery and development of efficient synthetic production route to cimetidine was a landmark in the process research and development, for which our site at Upper Merion was named an International Historic Chemical Landmarks in 1998.
Perhaps we’ll see you next time you are considering a tour of historic chemical landmarks!