THIS week Australian pharmaceutical giant, Sigma, is celebrating its centenary with the launch of a new book, Sigma- Celebrating 100 Years. The launch, held last night in Melbourne, was attended by past and present Sigma employees, as well as members of the company’s board, key industry representatives, and several members of Sigma’s founding pharmacist, Ernest Leete’s, family. According to the book, Sigma had a modest beginning in Melbourne in 1912 under the guidance of pharmacists Ernest Leete and Edwin Church, manufacturing its famous Sigma remedies – tonic, hair lotion, wound salve and tooth paste and powder. “Leete and Church were men of great vision,” a statement from the company said. “They saw the opportunity to manufacture and package products for exclusive sale by pharmacists and set about bringing their vision to life,” the statement added. The book was produced by Sigma in consultation with historians Andrew Kilsby and Sue Johnston, who spent countless hours chatting to Sigma staff past and present, delved into a great deal of historical material including minutes of meetings, correspondence, photos and old products. Sigma- Celebrating 100 Years is on sale for $25, with proceeds going to charity sigma100years.com.au. Pictured below (from left) is Brian Jamieson, Chairman; Margaret McNair, Leetes granddaughter; Heather Melzer, Leetes granddaughter; Mark Hooper, CEO & MD.
SIGMA Healthcare Limited has advised its shareholders that there is “no certainty” that the indicative merger proposal received from Australian Pharmaceutical Industries on Fri (PD breaking news) will result in a transaction.
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