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1880, Dijon, France. A small pharmacy is born. About 140 years later, URGO Group spreads its solutions in advanced wound care and consumer healthcare in more than 60 countries, with the help of its 3 100 collaborators.
While URGO Group has grown since then, it has kept its entrepreneurial spirit, its boldness and agility, that make him innovate in all areas to design tomorrow's health solutions.
1880

Birth of the Fournier Laboratories

Eugène Fournier et Pierre Bon found a small pharmacy. With the years, it grows with the opening of offices, stores, production workshops, a laboratory and a factory.

1940

Jean Le Lous takes in charge Fournier Laboratories

Jean Le Lous, a 29-year old pharmacist takes in charge the company.

1958

The brand URGO is born

Jean Le Lous creates the brand URGO with the objectif of making dressings avaiblable to individuals and pharmacies. The ready-to-use bandage is invented and speeds up the success and fame of the brand!

1987

Juvamine is born

Hervé Le Lous, Jean Le Lous' son, founds the Juva Santé Laboratories and the brand Juvamine, which is well-known in France thanks to the first advertising and pioneering TV campaign of 3 successive spots.
Juvamine is one of the first brands to venture into the food supplementary and vitamin mass and medium-sized markets

1996

Purchasing of the brand Mercurochrome

Purchasing of Mercurochrome, the first aid brand in mass and medium-sized markets.
Emblematic brand well-known in France for its small red bottle, Mercurochrome has become a reference in health and well-being in supermarkets and hypermarkets since its creation in 1917.
Since then, Mercurochrome has developed its portfolio with plasters, bandages, compresses, tapes, accessories ; but its expertise also covers the health and beauty sector: podiatry, childcare, muscles and join pain, oral and dental hygiene, winter ailments and essential oils.

1997

Purchasing of the brand SUPER DIET

URGO Group acquires the French brand SUPER DIET, a pioneer brand committed to develop organic and natural food supplements.

1997

Purchasing of the anti-parasite Marie-Rose

Marie Rose is the anti-parasite expert in hypermarkets and supermarkets.

Since 1934, Marie Rose ensures the well-being of the whole family with its range of anti-mosquito and anti-lice products.

1998

Creation of the brand Intimy

The sexual well-being brand of Juva Santé Laboratories joins the health shelves in hypermarkets and supermarkets with a large scope of products: classic, technical and playful condoms, lubricants and massage gels

2000

Birth of Urgo Medical

The first medical dressing of the Group is launched and gives birth to a new division, Urgo Medical, specialized in the treatment of serious wounds.
Startup when it started, URGO Group's medical care division is now the 3rd on the wound-healing European market and has developed customised treatment & care protocols adapted to each wound.

2000

URGO Group starts URGO Consulting !

URGO Consulting is our own internal consulting firm and enables talented young graduates to start rapidly their career and develop their skills through a large scope of internal missions.

2003

The Vivasanté Group is born

Gathering medical and consumer healthcare activities, Vivasanté Group is created

2007

The brand Herbesan, OM3 and Alvityl join URGO Group's portfolio !

URGO Group purchases three brands:

Herbesan, a leading brand in the Natural Health and Wellness industry, with products available from pharmacies and health and beauty retailers

OM3, emblematic actor specialized in omega-3s,

Alvityl, a brand on the dietary supplements market with complete formulas and adapted formats to fulfill the health needs of young and old

2008

A freshness wind blows on URGO Group !

The brand Ricqlès, the peppermint essential oil expert, joins URGO Group's portfolio

2009

Purchasing of the brand Belloc

URGO Group purchases BELLOC, one of the French leading pharmaceutical brands in the digestion sector

2009

Creation of the URGO University

URGO Group is launching its own corporate acadamy. Its particularity? The Group's top managers teach to collaborators their experiences and methods.

Since 2009, more than 600 collaborators have been trained to one or more existing courses: Finance, Decision Analysis, Management & Leadership, Negotiation, Project Management...

2011

Heading for Brazil

URGO Group purchases the company LM Farma, one of the leaders on the Brazilian wound healing market, starting the Group's development in Latin America.
Since then, URGO Group has considerably reinforced its presence in the region, in particular in Colombia, in Chile and in Mexico.

2012

Creation of the SUPER DIET Laboratories

A new entity is founded to gather 6 brands, offering natural solutions: Super Diet, Ricqlès, Oligocéan, Herbesan, Belloc and OM3

2012

URGO Group develops its presence in Poland

The purchasing of the polish company Bioprofil, specialized in the distribution of dermo-cosmectics products, starts the beginning of a great adventure in Central and Eastern Europe, where URGO Group will establish a regional direction a few years leater.

In 2013, URGO Group purchases a portfolio of well-known polish brands: Polfa Lodz (vitamins, minerals and food supplements), Alsacin and Alugastrin

2013

Purchasing of the italian company Agave

Recognized expert on the italian food supplementary market and based in Bologna, Agave has developed a wide and innovative range of food supplementary products

2015

Birth of URGO Group !

Vivasanté changes its name and becomes URGO Group !

2015

Birth of UrgoTech, our internal startup

Founded to imagine and develop breakthrough innovations in healthcare, UrgoTech, URGO Group's startup, begins our digital chapter

2015

Purchasing of SONALTO

URGO Group enters the hearing aids market with the acquisition of SONALTO, a French startup specialized in listening devices available in pharmacies.

2016

First steps in aesthetic surgery

UrgoTouch, a portable laser designed for post-operative scars is launched by URGO Group's medical division

2016

URGO Group reaches the 3 000 collaborators !

2016

First steps in India and Colombia

URGO Group establishes a strategic partnership with the family-owned indian company Eucare, one of the locally most recognized actor in wound healing.

The same year, the Group purchases GERCO, a company founded in 1950, based in Cartagena in Colombia, with a staff of 90 people.

GERCO offers consumer healthcare solutions that are well known by local consumers. The company has a production and storage site in Cartagena.

The four flagship ranges and products leaders on their market developed by GERCO are:

- Anti-rash and anti-irritation creams
- Pain-killing creams for athletes
- Anti-louse treatments
- Physiological serums

2017

URGO Group launches a startup mentorship program

The "URGO Mentorship Program" is a tailor-made support program for startups in medical technology