Greiner Bio-One celebrates its 60th anniversary

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In 1963, the Greiner Bio-One division (then Greiner Laboratory Technology) was established within the Greiner Group to manufacture of the first Petri dish made of plastic. On its 60th anniversary, the globally active company with German–Austrian roots can look back on its milestones and pioneering history.

Kremsmünster, April 2023 – Medical device manufacturer Greiner Bio-One, headquartered in Kremsmünster (Austria), is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Today, the company employs around 2,800 people at 29 locations in 22 countries worldwide. With products such as the first evacuated blood collection system made of plastic or the first 1536 well microplate in the world, the company has sustainably shaped progress in medicine.

The first Petri dish: The start of a long success story

The idea for a plastic Petri dish originated in 1963. Greiner had already been supplying customers with pharmaceutical packaging containers. Good contacts to institutes with laboratory requirements were therefore in place. Greiner began manufacturing the first single-use polystyrene Petri dish in Nürtingen (Germany) in 1963. It was then that Greiner Labortechnik was founded.

Proud of a rich pioneering history

In the decades that followed, the company brought numerous innovations to market and often demonstrated a pioneering role – for example, in the development of the first evacuated plastic blood collection system or the world’s first 1536 well microplate. With these innovations, the company has revolutionised blood collection and set new standards in medical research.

”Our employees have made Greiner Bio-One one of the leading international companies in the industry. I am proud of our achievements so far. At the same time, we are looking ahead with expertise, consistency, and reliability and will continue to make a difference to human health”.

Rainer Perneker, CEO of Greiner Bio-One International GmbH

The future builds upon the past

Since 1963, the company has been instrumental in the development of consumables in the medical, diagnostics, and life sciences industries. With this innovative spirit, Greiner Bio-One is greatly supporting the successful work and reliable results of its customers. The company continues to aim to make a difference to human health.

Company: Greiner Bio-One International GmbH


Greiner Bio-One specializes in the development, production and distribution of high-quality plastic laboratory products. The company is a technology partner for hospitals, laboratories, universities, research institutes, and the diagnostic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Greiner Bio-One is split into three divisions – Preanalytics, Bio-Science and Sterilization. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Greiner Bio-One provides individual solutions in the area of custom-made design developments and production processes for the life sciences and medical sectors.

In 2019, Greiner Bio-One International GmbH generated a turnover of 509 million euros and had 2,320 employees,28 subsidiaries and numerous distribution partners in over 100 countries. Greiner Bio-One is part of Greiner AG,which is based in Kremsmünster (Austria)

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