Our Humble Beginnings

Unilab’s roots can be found at the heart of Manila, at a time when healthcare conditions were not ideal. Its story began when two friends, Jose Y. Campos (JY) and Mariano K. Tan (MK), opened a small drugstore in Binondo, Manila by the name of United Drug.

Going above and beyond the call of duty to serve customers became United Drug’s hallmark and propelled the company to make its immutable mark on the healthcare industry. In the span of 75 years, the once small drugstore transformed into one of the most trusted healthcare companies in the country.  

Armed with deep understanding and appreciation for customers, Unilab sees to it that every step we take ensures only quality products and services reach the communities we serve.

Take a look back on the highlights of our history to see how the company has transformed since the very beginning.

 

1945

1945

Where it all begins.
Founders Jose Y. Campos and Mariano K. Tan put up a wholesale and retail drugstore called United Drug Co. Inc. in Sto. Cristo Street, Binondo, Manila.

1953

1953

The company expands into manufacturing as United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab) and opens its first facility in V. Mapa Street, Manila.

1954

1954

Unilab creates its first product division, United American Pharmaceuticals (UAP), focusing on respiratory care.

1958

1958

Unilab puts up another product division, Westmont, further expanding into gastro-intestinal care.

At the same time, Unilab begins export operations. 

1958

1958

Unilab transfers to Mayflower, Mandaluyong City.
 

1961

1961

The Therapharma, Myra, and Biomedis product divisions are created. This expands Unilab's portfolio into metabolic, renal, surgical, and critical care. 

1961

1961

A business alliance in Thailand is established, with the founding of Great Eastern Drug. Co. Ltd.

1961

1961

Unilab sets up Far East Drug Co., Inc. in Singapore.

1962

1962

Unilab expands to Hong Kong with Unam Corporation Limited.

1966

1966

The groundbreaking for a new administration building at United Street, Mandaluyong takes place – what would serve as Unilab’s main headquarters today.

Fact: The photo shows a time capsule being buried during the groundbreaking ceremony, and it is still buried until now!

1966

1966

Unilab expands into animal healthcare with Univet Agricultural Products, known today as Univet Nutrition and Animal Health Company (UNAHCO).

1967

1967

Medichem, Unilab’s new product division focusing on the central nervous system, is founded.

1968

1968

Construction of the United Research and Development Center on United Street, Mandaluyong is completed.

1970

1970

PT Medifarma Laboratories is founded, a business alliance with Indonesia. 

1971

1971

Unilab puts up Pediatrica, its division for pediatric health solutions.

1983

1983

The Proprietary Business (Probus) division is developed to market over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

1989

1989

Unilab expands in Vietnam as United Pharma Co., Ltd.

1990

1990

L.R. Imperial (LRI), Unilab’s new product division, is established. 

Fact: LRI would later merge with Therapharma, catering to cardio-metabolic solutions.

1993

1993

Unilab expands into clinic and institutional services through Health Delivery Systems, Inc.

1996

1996

Unilab enters into biotech through Shanghai United Cell Biotechnology in China.

1997

1997

A partnership with Myanmar is established with United Pharmaceuticals Company, Ltd. formerly United Pharma (Yangon) Co., Ltd.

1997

1997

Unilab expands to Cambodia through United Pharma (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.

1999

1999

Probus is renamed to Unilab Consumer Health, as the company strives to make more OTC products available for consumers.  

1999

1999

Unilab puts up Asian Antibiotics, Inc., a manufacturing plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

2001

2001

Unilab acquires PT Darya-Varia Laboratoria TBK in Indonesia.

2002

2002

Unilab enters into unibranded generics with its RiteMED division.

2002

2002

Biofemme, the company's division focusing on women's health, is established.

2003

2003

The Mamplasan Distribution Center opens in Mamplasan, Laguna.

2007

2007

Amherst Laboratories, Inc., Unilab’s manufacturing subsidiary, opens a small volume solids plant in Mamplasan, Laguna.

2007

2007

Unilab’s personal care business, Innovitelle, is born.

Fact: Innovitelle is behind brands such as Myra, Swish, pH Care, and Celeteque.

2008

2008

Unilab expands into new healthcare areas with the creation of Bio-Oncology division for cancer care, and ULI Vaccines, Inc. for immunity.

2008

2008

The Unilab Foundation is certified by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification.

2010

2010

Amherst Laboratories, Inc. inaugurates a liquids plant in Mamplasan, Laguna.

2012

2012

SafeBirth, Unilab’s social enterprise platform, opens its first lying-in clinic in Quezon City.

2014

2014

BioBalance, the company's nutritional management platform, is created.

2015

2015

Unilab celebrates 70 years in the industry. The celebration begins with the  unveiling of JY’s and MK’s sculptures at the oval garden of the newly-constructed Unilab Corporate Center.

2019

2018

United Laboratories, Inc. is formalized into a holding company, with its core business units under the sub-holding company United Health Group, Inc.

  • Unilab, Inc. (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Distribution)
  • RiteMED Phils., Inc. (Unibranded Generics) 
  • UL Skin Sciences, Inc. (Personal Care)
  • UL HealthServices, Inc. (Hospitals, Clinics, & Medical Services)
  • UNAHCO, Inc. (Animal Healthcare)

 

2020

2020

Unilab celebrates 75 years in the industry by reinforcing its commitment to continue caring for the health of Filipinos through the Alagang Unilab advocacy program.