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Diomed Developments is a remarkable healthcare group for many reasons. Unusually for a successful business in an industry dominated by giant multi-nationals, the Diomed Group is an independent, privately owned company. The majority of the group’s business is conducted in the UK, where several products rank as ‘brand leaders’ in their respective categories. Also unusually for such a relatively small company, the Diomed Group's infrastructure reflects full vertical integration – comprising research, development, manufacture, marketing and distribution.

Diomed Developments was founded in 1963 by a London physician. Originally under the name 'Dermal Laboratories', the Company set out to develop, market and distribute pharmaceutical products to dermatologists. As the business grew rapidly during the late 1960s, the Company's focus broadened from speciality products for dermatologists to include prescription products for GPs and nurses.

In 1970, the Company moved from London to its present home, a large country house in rural Hertfordshire. Ten years later, the name 'Diomed Developments' was adopted for the parent company.

The Diomed Group's activities encompass three distinct business units:

Dermal Laboratories: research, development and marketing of medicines primarily intended for prescription by GPs, dermatologists and nurses for the treatment of a variety of skin disorders, as well as other conditions which can be treated by applied medication.

Diomed Pharmaceuticals: research, development and marketing of medicines and other healthcare products bought over the counter. Diomed Pharmaceuticals has acquired an enviable reputation for creating and launching some of the UK's most successful OTC brands.

Aeropak: manufacture of a wide variety of medicines and healthcare products.

The Diomed Group's main operating sites are located at:

Hitchin, Hertfordshire – head office functions, product development and marketing
Kempston, Bedford – warehousing & distribution, purchasing & supply, analytical and formulation development, pilot production and ancillary offices
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – manufacturing

As a privately owned company, Diomed Developments has always sought to maintain its own individual ethos, differentiating itself from the impersonal, monolithic corporations which dominate the healthcare industry. The Diomed Group fosters personal responsibility, innovation and flair. The most productive work is obtained from a convivial environment where talented people are appreciated as individuals and their efforts are recognised, encouraged and rewarded.