Our History

Founded in 1966 by Dr. med. Wolfgang Helmbold as "Institut für Immunforschung" (Institute for Immunoresearch), the company was originally specialized in the production of therapeutic antisera (antitoxins) for snake bites.

In 1978 Gödecke AG, a subsidiary of Warner Lambert, Int., USA, situated in Freiburg, Germany, takes over IFI as "Institut für Immunforschung und Serumher­stellung Dr. Helmbold GmbH" (as an institute for immuno-research and the production of sera). Dr. Helmbold continues to manage the company as CEO of this newly created subsidiary of Warner Lambert.

In 1982 the IFI is followed by "Antitoxin Dr. Helmbold GmbH" in Waibstadt / Daisbach, Germany. Antitoxin’s main activity is the production of in-vitro diagnostics (IVD), particularly all monoclonal and polyclonal ready-to-use reagents for blood group serology.

In 1997 the company was, under the leadership of Dr. Ortwin Walla, DIN EN ISO 9001 certified, followed by an DIN EN 46001 and DIN EN ISO 13485 in 2001.

In 2005 the company premises were relocated to our current site in Bammental. Big parts of the production areas were consumed by fire in 2010. Following 2 years of renovation our new and modern production and R&D site was inaugurated in 2012.