On September 8th the MLM company premises turned into a summer festival area. On the occasion of its 25th company anniversary all shareholders, employees and their families were invited to a summer celebration. 140 people followed the warm invite of the management team.
Although being a rather informal party, CEO Prof. Stephan Wnendt took the opportunity to give a small review of the company’s start and progress. Officially founded on September 9th 1993 as a spin-off from the reference lab MVZ Dr. Stein + Kollegen MLM Medical Labs started off under the name “Medizinische Laboratorien Marienhof”. The focus of the lab was much less specialized than today and covered analytics in the field of veterinary medicine, traditional healers and clinical studies. With the year 2008 the company started its corporate development towards the company as it is today. With 7 employees and 15 studies own analytical laboratory equipment was established and methods were validated according to EMA and FDA guidelines. With the CLIA registration in 2009 and the GLP certification in 2010 the company’s focus was changed to clinical trials only. Moving into a standalone building in 2011 and expanding the business development allowed the company to trifold in 2012 in terms of employees (21) and studies (49). The following years were truly a story of success: a new branding to the unique company color in 2012, the built of a very strong IT department with own products like the web portal mlm online® and the MLM Sample Storage System®, the strategic partnership with the US partner Cenetron in 2015, the invention of the MLM Safeguard Box® in 2016 and the professionalization of the MLM Kit Building® in 2017 contributed to a tremendous organic growth until now. As of today 67 permanent employees take care of 144 clinical studies in parallel worldwide. Over the 25 years 1000 clinical studies have been performed at MLM, 1.38 Million samples analyzed which generated over 8.5 million results. At the end of his look back Wnendt especially thanked all employees for their commitment to the company and their work and emphasized that they are the key to success.
After the small introduction to the company’s history especially the employee’s families were curious to have a closer look at the facilities. In two guided tours by COO Dr. Stephan Voswinkel and Jan Hermes, Head of IT, they got introduced to a state of the art central laboratory for clinical trials.
Being this the only two more or less official points the guests spent a fun day at MLM with cocktails, waffles, barbecue, a fotobox, a bouncy castle (which attracted kids as well as grown-ups), a giant jenga and many more.
Far into the night the guests enjoyed the laid back atmosphere at the 25th anniversary and cheered to many more successful years to come.