The history of medicine | From Victor Babes to Roche Romania

19th century, Switzerland, Basel Roche has been founded, the company that saved millions of lives through its contribution to medicine. In the same period of time, Romanian scientists made history through important contribution to world medicine. Over 120 years ago, Victor Babeș published the first bacteriology treatment. In 1887 he founded the Bucharest Institute of Patology and Bacteriology. He also invented the Babeș-Papanicolau test, one of the most well known and efficient test for cervical cancer screening, still being used today. To innovate in medicine you have to be brave, up for new challenges and take big risks. Through passion and dedication, the pioneers of medicine built solid knowledge bases that are helpful to this day in overcoming the obstacles we face. The legacy we have is not just a reason of pride, it is also an obligation to improve and go on 20th century – Romanian medicine earned its place on the international scene by discovering a new way to vaccinate against cholera, known as Cantacuzino method, after the name of its inventor. Ioan Cantacuzino dedicated a great part of his research to the study of microbiology and public health sanitation rules for Romanians. Science research is a difficult and time spending process, with successes and failures, and results often occur only after many years. When facing obstacles, the most important is to remember your motives. The most important motivation you can have is, in my opinion, the desire to make things better, to improve people’s lives. Victor Babeș and Ioan Cantacuzino. They are joined by Nicolae Paulescu. The Romanian doctor and physiologist, together with his team, is the discoverer of anti-diabetes hormone, later called insulin. Modern medicine is a huge step forward from what medicine was like a century ago. Every day comes with new discoveries and new research areas. That is why, due to the diversity of the medical needs have to be covered, a collaboration effort is required from companies, scientists and society as a whole. This is our responsibility and our mission, to work together with our partners and develop solutions for the patients needs. Because together we can do more. Honesty, rigour and commitment. These are a few of the words defining the life of scientists. So was the life of George Emil Palade, one of the most influential researchers in cellular biology. In 1974 he was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine and physiology, together with Albert Claude and Christian de Duve for discoveries about the functional organisation of the cell, discoveries with an essential role in the development of modern cellular biology. Science is beyond rigour. The scientific method implies integrity, honesty, a set of values and principles that guide the whole process. These values are part both of science and business and are reflected in the relations with all our partners. A responsible attitude is a business card for us the guarantee that we have the highest ethical standards in business. We have the courage to take chances and push limits every day. At Roche Romania we are inspired to follow this road by the great personalities of Romanian medicine. With passion for science and innovation, determination and courage, we look further into the future, making a better world for every one of us.

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