The GRiD Compass 1101

GRiD Compass 1101 was the world’s first clamshell laptop, and also one of the most durable models at the time of its invention.

What is the GRiD Compass 1101?

Labeled “the grandaddy of laptop computers”, the idea for the GRiD (Graphical Retrieval Information Display) Compass 1101 was initially conceived back in 1979. The inventor behind it was Bill Moggridge, who was a British industrial designer.

The company behind the computer, the GRiD Systems Corporation, was the brainchild of John Ellenby, Glenn Edens, and David Paulsen. Together, they set up the company in Silicon Valley in 1979 and worked out of a garage — just like most other tech startups.

Like most tech inventions, the GRiD Compass 1101 started as a more humble idea. Ellenby wanted a way to send off emails on the go, whereas Glen wanted a fully-fledged portable computer. Once Moggridge joined them, things started taking off. 

Features and Benefits of the GRiD Compass 1101

No one had previously thought about folding the computer screen over the keyboard, and the GRiD company managed to secure the patent for that invention. This innovative feature would eventually go on to become the industry standard for almost all laptop computers in the world.

Not only was the design very practical, but the GRiD Compass 1101 was also extremely durable. The shell of the computer was made from die-cast magnesium, which made it resistant to impacts that would easily damage more fragile computers.

Because of this unique durability, the GRiD Compass 1101 wasn’t only an attractive option for business professionals. The US military, NASA, and other public institutions were also very interested. The laptop was not only used on Air Force 1 but was also used by astronauts on their 1980s shuttle missions.

NASA did make some modifications, however, to make it possible for the GRiD Compass 1101 to communicate with the rest of the onboard equipment. But it wasn’t only used for real space adventures. The GRiD Compass 1101 was also featured in the classic movie Aliens as a gun control terminal.

No other computer on the market packed as much punch as the GRiD Compass 1101. The closest competitor was the Osborne. There was a massive price difference between the two, however. The Osborne was priced at $1,795, whereas the GRiD Compass 1101 set back consumers no less than $8,100. That made it the most expensive personal computer money could buy.

In terms of features, the GRiD Compass 1101 featured a very clear ELD (electroluminescent display) on the monitor. Although 80×24 rows of text isn’t a lot by today’s standards, it was the largest personal computer screen available at the time.

As for the software, only IBM computers used MS-DOS back in the 1980s. The GRiD 1101, on the other hand, ran its own GRiD-OS operating system. That was because IBM didn’t even exist at the time of its invention. The operating system was eventually changed to MS-DOS in order to cater to more consumers.

GRiD-OS wasn’t an inferior software, however. The suite featured a text editor, communication functions, electronic worksheets, databases, programming languages, and could convert data to graphs. Files could even be password protected.

The Legacy of the GRiD Compass 1101

Without this amazing machine, it’s not certain that modern laptops would be where they are today.

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The Hewlett-Packard HP-65

Hewlett-Packard HP-65 was the world’s first hand-held programmable calculator, which paved the way for today’s much more powerful calculators.

What is the Hewlett-Packard HP-65?

Invented in 1974, the HP-65 marketed as the smallest programmable computer ever. It was able to run programs that had up to one hundred steps. The programs themselves were stored on the calculator in one of its nine storage registers by using magnetic cards.

Features and Benefits of the Hewlett-Packard HP-65

Although you could create your own programs, the HP-65 already came packed with 51 functions. If there weren’t enough for the user’s needs, HP also offered pre-made program libraries designed to accommodate various professional disciplines.

But the calculator also featured a magnetic card reader and recorder, which could be used to create custom programs depending on their needs. The magnetic cards themselves were made out of mylar that was covered in ferric oxide. They were 7.2cm wide and 1.1cm high.

Because of its small size and impressive utility, the HP-65 also joined astronauts on their Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. They used the calculator as a backup for the Apollo Guidance Computer, which was their main operational interface. Since the Apollo Guidance Computer didn’t experience any malfunctions during the mission, the HP-65 wasn’t actually used in space. But it can still claim to be the first hand-held calculator in space.

Bill Hewlett, who was the design lead for the HP-65 project at Hewlett-Packard, wanted a calculator that could fit inside of a shirt pocket. He also wanted the HP-65 to feature solutions to some of the most common problems facing professionals in different fields. These fields included mathematics, statistics, finance, engineering, navigation, surveying, medicine, and science in general.

For that reason, the built-in programs in the HP-65 had algorithms that could help users solve equations, estimate stock prices, and analyze statistics. Some of the more basic mathematical functions included base conversion, square root, trigonometric, inverse, exponentiation, factorial, and logarithms. It could even convert degrees, minutes, seconds, decimal degree values, and cartesian coordinates.

Although the HP-65 can claim to the first of its kind, it wasn’t the first handheld calculator — just the first one that could be programmed. Hewlett-Packard had already designed and released two other handheld calculators: the HP-35 and the HP-45. The programming function of the HP-65 led Hewlett-Packard to label it as a personal computer, rather than just a calculator.

The HP-65 came with a wide range of accessories.

It had a battery case that could hold three rechargeable batteries, a battery charger, and an AC adapter. Because the batteries would eventually stop working over time, Hewlett-Packard also included a battery pack with three extras.

Furthermore, the calculator came with a plastic box that had forty magnetic cards. Just under half of these cards already had program libraries on them. One card was specifically designed to clean the card slot. The remainder was for the user to record their own programs.

The Legacy of the Hewlett-Packard HP-65

The HP-65 is not in use today, but it certainly laid the foundation for many a handheld calculator. Without it, who knows what we would have?

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The Iomega Zip Drive

The Iomega Zip Drive was the most popular floppy disk storage system in the superfloppy niche during the 1990s.

What is the Iomega Zip Drive?

The Zip Drive was a removable floppy disk storage system launched in 1994 by Iomega. Zip disks were an offshoot from the more widely used floppy disks. Where the traditional floppy disk could only store a few megabytes, the superfloppy disks (known as Zip disks) could hold several hundred megabytes of data.

When the Zip Drives hit the international markets in 1994, they sold quite well. They had a relatively low price point but could hold a large amount of data. In other words, customers got a lot of bang for their buck.

Features and Benefits of the Iomega Zip Drive

People could get their hands on a Zip drive for less than $200, including a free Zip disk. If they needed more Zip disks, they only cost $20 each. In 1994, the average hard drive had a capacity of 500MB but cost $200 to purchase. So you could buy the same amount of storage for half the price if you went with Zip disks.

Although the traditional floppy drives were still quite prevalent, a few companies decided to produce computers with built-in Zip drives. Dell, Apple, and Gateway were among the companies that used internal Zip drives in some of their models. More companies decided to ride the wave of Zip disks towards the end of the 1990s. Some of these companies were Epson, Fujifilm, Maxell, NEC, Toshiba, and Verbatim.

The benefits of Zip drives were clear. As files increased in size, the floppy discs could no longer accommodate the needs of the average user. And since there were no high-speed internet connections, the best solution was to use Zip disks to transfer data between devices.

Nearing the new Millennium, however, the market changed.

The price of CDs dropped, which meant that they could now rival the Zip disks in terms of cost per megabyte. At the same time, the space on hard drives increased from hundreds of megabytes to several gigabytes while the price remained the same.

Finally, the emergence of the USB flash drives as an economical data storage solution also made it difficult for Zip disks to compete on the market. The vast majority of devices had USB ports, which meant that users didn’t have to go out and invest in an additional piece of hardware like the Zip drive.

The Legacy of the Iomega Zip Drive

Opinions on the Zip disks and drives have been divided — sometimes even within the same organizations. PC World, for example, branded the Zip drive one of the worst technologies ever in 2006. The year after, however, the very same publication lauded the Zip drive as one of the best technologies ever.

In the end, cheap CDs, large hard drives, and USB flash drives won out.

Today, the Zip drives are being used by technology enthusiasts who collect old computers and want to transfer data between them. They can also still be found in the music and aviation industries, and other fields that value the longer shelf life of magnetic media over optical media and flash memory.

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The Panasonic DVD-L10

By 1998, the world had already been introduced to portable music devices in the form of Sony’s Walkman and Discman. They’d also enjoyed portable TVs in the form of Sony’s Watchman. Not to be outdone by Sony, however, Panasonic introduced consumers to the portable DVD player, the Panasonic DVD-L10. Now, everyone could watch their favorite movies on the go.

What is the Panasonic DVD-L10?

Panasonic DVD-L10 was released by Panasonic in 1998. It was not only the world’s first portable DVD player but also the smallest one on the market at the time. It came with a built-in LCD screen and stereo speakers and was small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

The idea behind the Panasonic DVD-P10 was for consumers to be able to watch their favorite movies no matter where they were. It was particularly useful for frequent flyers who did not have access to films on the plane they were flying on. The Panasonic DVD-P10 solved that problem.

The Panasonic DVD-P10 came hot on the heels of the first-ever DVD players, which were released by Panasonic and Toshiba just the year before in 1997. That meant DVD players, in general, was still a very new concept to consumers.

In fact, the DVD-P10 was an important part of DVD history.

Let’s dial the time back to 1995. Toshiba and Warner teamed up with 15 other hardware and software companies to create the SD Alliance. The aim was to produce a unified media format, the DVD, that would make it easier for all companies involved to sell their products… including the Panasonic DVD-P10.

One year later, in 1996, Panasonic announced it would be the first company to produce DVD players. However, they were overtaken by Toshiba, which produced their SD-3000 home DVD player at the same time as Panasonic’s A-100.

A race to be the first on the market ensued. Finally, Panasonic managed to release the DVD-L10, the world’s first portable DVD player, in Japan in 1998. It was a perfect example of competitive capitalism in full effect.

And it paid off.

The Panasonic DVD-L10 was a massive hit, and Panasonic sold quite a few of them in 1998. Reviewers even called it the coolest electronic gadget of 1998. It is today still widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of consumer technology.

DVD Players Related to Panasonic DVD-L10

In addition to the DVD-L10, Panasonic also released the DVD-P10 in the same year. The DVD-P10 was similar to the DVD-L10  but even smaller and lighter than it’s predecessor. Both DVD players were massively popular at the time of their release.

Soon afterward, Panasonic would release the DVD-L50 PalmTheater, which was even smaller and lighter than both the DVD-L10 and the DVD-P10. Panasonic would eventually go on to release the world’s first Blu-ray player in 2009, which offered superior visuals to DVDs.

Features and Benefits of Panasonic DVD-L10

The features of the DVD-L10 were not very impressive by today’s standards, but they certainly were in 1998. It came with a five-inch LCD and two stereo speakers. The design was quite bulky, but it didn’t stop the DVD-L10 from becoming a huge hit.

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The Sony Watchman

Sony has broken a lot of ground when it comes to portable devices. The 1980s saw them not only introduce people to the Walkman and Discman, but also the Watchman. As you might have guessed, the Watchman enabled users to watch TV on the go and was an early precursor to today’s tablet devices.

What is the Sony Watchman?

The Sony Watchman was a series of portable TVs released by Sony in Japan in 1982. It eventually made it to the North American and European markets in 1984.

Before the series was discontinued in 2000, Sony managed to produce over 65 different models of the Watchman. Throughout its development, Sony added more features and bigger displays.

The first version of the Watchman was the FD-210. Its display was only five centimeters wide and didn’t have any color. The total size of the Watchman was 8.7 cm (3.4 in) high, 19.8 cm (7.8 in) wide, and only 3.3 cm (1.3 in) thick.

That made the FD-210 incredibly practical to carry around.

For the first time, people could watch TV anywhere they went. Not only was it practical, but the design itself was revolutionary. A 5 cm wide grayscale screen is nothing compared to the smartphones of today, but it had never been seen before in 1982.

The later versions of the Watchman saw Sony adding larger displays in color, as well as AM and FM radios. If you look closely, you’ll be able to spot the Watchman several times in the movie Rain Man.

The main reason Sony discontinued the Watchman series was that TV stations switched from an analog signal to digital. That pretty much rendered the device useless, because you had to buy a digital converter box to watch TV. Not only that, but today’s smartphones allow users to plug directly into their cable box at home.

Nevertheless, the Sony Watchman was a wonderful invention at the time of its release.

Other TV Players Related to the Sony Watchman

As mentioned, there were over 65 variations of the Watchman, each new version with better displays and more functionality than the previous iterations.

Features and Benefits of the Sony Watchman

The FD-30 introduced users to the added AM/FM radio in 1984. Two years later, the FD-45 model came with a water-resistant feature. The year after that, the FD-3 version included a digital clock built into it.

The Watchman’s display was upgraded to 4 inches with the introduction of the FD-40, FD-42, FD-44, and FD-45 models. These versions were among the largest Watchmen to hit the market. Additionally, the FD-40 also had an A/V input.

The Watchman FD-280 (made in 1990) and FD-285 (made in 1994), were the last versions to use CRT displays in black and white. However, Sony had already created the FDL 330S in 1988, which had an LCD display. Two years later, the FDL-310 not only had an LCD but also showed color.

In 1998, the FDL-22 model gave users a much more handy Watchman that came with an ergonomic body. That made it easy to easier to carry around and also came with Sony’s wrist strapped antenna, aptly called the Straptenna.

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The Sony Discman D-50

The Sony Discman D-50 changed the music industry, which at the time was dominated by cassette tapes and vinyl records. For the first time, users were able to listen to their music CDs on the go.

What is the Sony Discman D-50?

The Sony Discman D-50 was the world’s first portable CD player. It was released by Sony in 1984, only a short time after the first CD sound system had hit the consumer market. At the time of its release, the majority of the music was still being released on cassette tape. That made the D-50 a game-changer for music enthusiasts.

It was an impressive device, mainly because the technology behind it was so new. The stationary CD players were already quite complex, and the fact that the D-50 had to be portable meant that everything had to be miniaturized. Each CD player contained an error correction chip, which was the most complex consumer device on the market at the time. That too had to be miniaturized.

The D-50 has been the subject of several urban myths, including that the design shouldn’t be bigger than 3-4 CDs stacked on top of each other. That wasn’t far from the truth, which meant that it was branded as the world’s smallest CD player because it could fit in a small bag or a large pocket.

There was a catch, however.

The D-50 didn’t come with its own power source. That meant users had to purchase an additional battery, which has to be quite large to accommodate the new technology. So big, in fact, that it was impractical to carry around. That made the advertisement for a portable CD player seem very exaggerated.

To remedy this problem, several different batteries and battery cases were produced. Of these, the EPB-9C battery-case was the most popular one. It encased the entire CD player and had room for either one rechargeable NP-11 battery or six disposable batteries. Not only did the EPB-9C protect the fragile D-50, but it also came with shoulder straps to help users carry the bulky pack around.

Another rumor is that the D-50 was intentionally made affordable to make sure that CDs took off on the consumer market. That was also close to the truth, as it was considerably cheaper than the stationary CDP-101 sound system designed for home use. That said, neither CD player was anywhere near as affordable as later models.

The D-50 was on the market for a few years after its initial release and underwent some changes. The original name for it was “compact disc player”, but consumers dubbed it “Discman” due to its similarities with Sony’s Walkman.

Sony achieved their original goal for the D-50, which was to make CDs as a storage format more popular. The D-50 inspired other manufacturers to produce their own portable CD players, which pushed the average cost down. It also led record companies to invest more in CDs as a format for music albums.

Other Music Players Related to Sony Discman D-50

The D-50 was based on the earlier CDP-101 and Sony’s Walkman. Phillips later released what they dubbed an Intelligent Discman, which played CD-i discs.

Features and Benefits of the Sony Discman D-50

Apart from being portable, the D-50 enables users to skip, pause, and fast forward tracks. It also had a line out so that it could be connected to a speaker system.

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Saudiasic Industries

When you think of Saudi Arabia, what comes to mind?

For most people, oil is likely one of the first associations with this country, so it should come as no surprise that petrochemicals are a huge industry for them—one dominated pretty exclusively by Saudiasic Industries (SABIC). 

With a complex chemical lineup of products, SABIC only keeps growing and gaining market share as time goes on. 

Solving Impossible Problems

As with any manufacturing process, there are certain inevitable byproducts of extracting oil. Rather than allowing these to go to waste, SABIC has found innovative ways to put them to use. Oils, polymers, and chemicals that were once considered only trash now work for a number of industries. 

From agriculture and healthcare to automotive and beyond, SABIC has contributed chemicals, fertilizers, and other materials to practically every area of industry since their founding. 

Vote of Confidence for A Growing Country

In the 1970s, Saudi Arabia was still an emerging country. Their wealth was growing rapidly thanks to their plentiful oil reserves, but they had not yet become the global force they’re known as today. In those early days, it became clear that they were missing an opportunity by not using the byproducts of oil extraction, of which there were quite a few. 

In turn, Saudiasic Industries was created in 1976 by royal decree and was at first run by the country’s department of industry and electricity. To say the company has had a meteoric rise since those early days would be quite the understatement. 

In fact, it wouldn’t be out of line to assume that SABIC has played a major role in Saudi Arabia’s transformation from a rural country to one of elaborate wealth. Towns that once thrived on fishing have become bustling hubs of industry as SABIC locations. 

With more than 40 years of experience now behind them, it doesn’t appear that SABIC has plans of slowing down any time soon.

Other Oil Titans

Of course, SABIC isn’t the only company that’s found a way to capitalize on petrochemicals. In turn, they have some significant competition in companies like BP. A few key differences exist between SABIC and their competitors, though. Firstly, SABIC is a private company, and secondly, they are much younger than most similar companies. 

This means that SABIC has enjoyed much more rapid success, and bodes well for their future in the industry. 

Problems and Profits

Saudi Arabia has had no shortage of global scrutiny. Despite ethical concerns, SABIC hasn’t had a hard time infiltrating more and more industries. Plus, the power of their products speaks for itself, so they have to invest very little in visibility or damage control.  

This is evidenced by the fact that SABIC sits at number 252 on the Fortune Global 500 for 2019. With rising profits and growing market share, it’s clearly still a company on the rise. 

There’s no question that oil is a lucrative industry, and Saudiasic Industries has found a way to make money off of every part of the extraction process.

Sanofi

Getting sick today doesn’t mean the same thing that it used to. 

Illnesses once considered deadly can be solved simply by taking a pill now, and companies like Sonafi are to thank for this development. As medical science continues to advance, Sonafi honors its commitment to keep pace. 

A Partner in The Fight

Sanofi is a French pharmaceutical company that values their ability to work as a team with those enduring diseases. They view life as a long journey through different phases of health which will inevitably ebb and flow; they hope to make that journey more manageable. 

With a physical presence in 100 countries around the world, and with their products available in 170 countries, Sanofi has no shortage of reach within the healthcare industry. 

As Modern as The Industry

Unlike many pharmaceutical companies which sprung up in the late 19th century, Sanofi is distinctly modern. The company sprung out of a petrochemical firm (also headquartered in France) in 1973, and things have been anything but static since then.  

Shortly after its creation, Sonafi was acquired by a well-known French cosmetics company: L’Oreal. This meant that early on, Sonafi was heavily involved in cosmetics and less so in pharmaceuticals.

In the late ‘90s, the cosmetics division of Sanofi (which included some luxury brands) was sold, and the company merged with one of their largest pharmaceutical competitors to create a sort of goliath in the industry. 

Now, Sanofi’s focus rests heavily on pharmaceuticals. Their repertoire includes both prescription and over the counter medications; by 2013, Sanofi had become the fifth largest pharmaceutical company in the world, when judged by the metric of prescriptions. 

Their Own Corner of The Market

Because Sanofi is headquartered in Europe (and is quite young), they occupy a unique space within the pharmaceutical industry—one that they undeniably dominate. Though they have some competitors in brands like Celgene and Teva, Sanofi is certainly winning the battle. 

The interesting thing about pharmaceutical companies is that they don’t generally market themselves; instead, their visibility efforts lie in drawing attention to specific products. As the world’s largest producer of vaccines, many of Sanofi’s products speak for themselves. 

Questions Over Safety

The danger for any pharmaceutical company is that they will unveil a product which does more harm than good. That’s precisely what happened in the Philippines in 2019 when Sanofi released a new vaccine for a virus; a series of deaths resulted from the vaccine. 

The company is essentially charged with pushing the vaccine to market and ignoring the potential dangers; because the situation is still unfolding, it’s unclear just how much this will impact their bottom line. 

As it stands, Sanofi occupies slot 288 on the Fortune Global 500 in 2019. Their profits dropped more than 46% from the previous year, an unwelcome fact considering 2019 has housed a major blunder for Sanofi. 

Sanofi certainly isn’t one of the historical giants of the pharmaceutical industry, and it remains to be seen whether they will survive and innovate further into the 21st century.

Jaguar E-Pace

Nothing invokes a combination of fun and luxury quite like a Jaguar. 

The Jaguar E-Pace is an exciting and flashy subcompact luxury crossover that provides drivers with a playful driving response and an indulgent interior. Though it may be expensive, it is certainly a natural entertainer. 

The Introduction of the Jaguar E-Pace

The Jaguar E-Pace was first revealed back in July of 2017 as the second-ever Jaguar SUV to go into production. It was designed under the direction of Jaguar’s chief designer, Ian Callum, and used the same platform as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. 

Design and Technology of an Elite-Status Vehicle – The Jaguar E-Pace

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace utilizes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides the SUV with 246 horsepower. It pairs nicely with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel-drive. The R-Dynamic models take it a step further by adding more substantial towing capabilities and torque-vectoring technology.

The interior comes complete with a sloping dashboard design that gives the drivers easy-access to all of the onboard controls. There is an optional digital gauge cluster for those who want to opt for something a bit more futuristic as well. Each Jaguar E-Pace model comes complete with a 10” touchscreen infotainment system that provides drivers with navigation and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. There are 12-volt outlets and tons of USB inputs onboard, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are an array of driver-assistance features, including standard front and rear parking sensors, standard automated emergency braking, and standard lane-keeping assist. 

The First Generation of the Jaguar E-Pace

The Jaguar E-Pace was only released in 2017 and is still very much in its first generation. So far, we have not seen any major upgrades, though we can hope that the crossover will see a few as the next few years roll around.

The Jaguar E-Pace In the News

In recent Jaguar news, a stolen Jaguar E-Pace has lead the cops to the cave of Ali Baba. Here, cops were able to find 12 seized cars, and they arrested three people. Those vehicles included Land Roger and Abarth vehicles.  

Celebrity Endorsements of the Jaguar E-Pace

The Jaguar E-Pace has gotten a ton of different female celebrities and influences on board to help market their new vehicle. Those celebrities and influencers include Spanish Actress, Blanca Suarez, and singer, Shekhinah.

Best Jaguar E-Pace Groups

One of the best groups on the Internet for Jaguar E-Pace owners and enthusiasts to meet and talk about their beloved crossover vehicles is the E-Pace Forum. Here there are thousands of members from all over the world, posting information on modifications and model troubleshooting.

The Jaguar E-Pace – More Than Head-Turning Good Looks

The Jaguar E-Pace is so much more than a good look. With a driver-focused performance that provides a playful driving experience, as well as a compact design that any true crossover lover will enjoy, it’s the perfect modern crossover for drivers who are looking to downsize. Of course, you will have to be willing to pay the high price for such an innovative ride.

Roche Holding

Modern medicine is a truly beautiful thing. 

No matter what ails you, there’s a good chance that someone has created a medication you can take within minutes that will mitigate the issue. Companies like Roche Holding are responsible for many of these medical innovations. 

While the medical industry is always pushing forward in distinctly modern ways, Roche Holding also has a rich history upon which they can lean as they search for new solutions and cures. 

Making It Personal 

Roche Holding defines themselves as a biopharmaceutical company with an eye on research. In this way, it makes sense that the company can be split into two distinct halves: diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. 

Because of their expertise in both of these areas, Roche has brought a unique perspective to the pharmaceutical industry. They have been able to lean on their diagnostic knowledge to provide targeted treatments for specific diseases, making the patient experience more specialized. 

Early Understanding of The Industry

When the Industrial Revolution ripped through the world just before the turn of the 20th century, no industry was untouched. Everything became more streamlined and efficient. 

Pharmaceuticals were certainly changed by the industrialization of manufacturing, and Fritz Hoffman-La Roche saw great potential in this fact, launching his company in 1896. In the early days, Roche developed thyroid medications and proprietary cough syrups; the company quickly gained international success. 

Over the next hundred and thirty years, Roche expanded to different parts of the world, and explored different industries, as well. Dabbling in cosmetics when they founded Pantene, pioneering new medications like Benzodiazepines, and getting involved with medical device invention, Roche has become a truly diversified part of the healthcare landscape. 

Rising Above

Because part of the human condition involves physical infirmity at some point, pharmaceuticals are a lucrative (and crowded market). This means that Roche has no shortage of competitors, some of them giants like Johnson & Johnson and Bayer.

While each of these companies is about the same age, Roche is distinctly different in that it’s private, and so it’s difficult to directly compare valuation. One potential indication that Roche’s reach extends further than its competitors’ is their digital presence. 

With more Twitter followers than either Johnson & Johnson or Bayer, it’s clear that Roche’s commitment to digital marketing is paying off. This sort of positive exposure is necessary in light of allegations of misconduct which have rolled in semi-steadily for decades. 

Still, it’s clear that Roche’s attempts to sidestep blame have been at least somewhat successful, considering they sit at 163 on the Fortune Global 500. That’s a jump from 169, where the company ranked in 2018. Perhaps this jump can be attributed to the company’s more than 20% hike in profits year over year. 

In any case, Roche’s continued success is tangible as they unveil new medications and devices on a pretty regular basis. 

Innovation is key to thriving in the pharmaceutical industry, and it’s clear that Roche Holding isn’t done forging ahead despite more than a century behind them already.

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