Visit us to delve into the history of medical technology
The history of Siemens medical technology starts in Berlin in the mid-19th century. But the roots of Siemens Healthcare today go beyond that, also extending to other companies with their own individual histories. Visitors are invited on an exciting journey, tracing the history from its origins right up to the present day.
In 1844, Werner Siemens put one of his inventions to use for medical purposes for the first time, using electricity to treat his brother Friedrich for tooth pain. Three years later, Siemens teamed up with Johann Georg Halske to found a company called “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt Siemens und Halske (S&H)”, in Berlin. The new company’s products included electromedical equipment. In Erlangen, Erwin Moritz Reiniger laid the cornerstone for Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall (RGS), a company specializing in medical technology.
In 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered X-rays, touching off a revolution in medicine: In Aschaffenburg, X-ray pioneer Friedrich Dessauer founded his own company, which later came to prominence under the name Veifa-Werke. Not long afterward, in 1916, Frankfurt-based Veifa-Werke was acquired by RGS. The company ceased operations for cost reasons in 1927, with production shifting to Erlangen. S&H began acquiring shares in RGS in 1907 and acquired a majority stake in the company in 1925. Permission to maintain the Erlangen site went along with this. In 1932 and 1933, the electromedical production activities of S&H in Berlin were also shifted to Erlangen to coincide with the establishment of a new company called Siemens-Reiniger-Werke (SRW). The company soon came to be viewed as the world’s largest specialized electromedical company. SRW became part of Siemens AG in 1966 and did business as the company’s Medical Technology Division starting in 1969. The division became an independent legal entity called Siemens Healthcare GmbH in 2015, and in May 2016 launched the brand name “Siemens Healthineers” to express the company’s pioneering spirit and innovative engineering.
The museum offers a number of supplementary stations where visitors can trace the exciting histories of the company founders, inventors, and many others. The exhibits also show how form and design have changed in medical technology over the decades. A digital map of the world illustrates how Siemens Healthcare has developed worldwide.