Introduction by Dr. Rasheed Al-Faysal

An eternity had passed like an eye blink, which is almost incredible. Memories often brings me back to the past, recalling the beginnings, which date back to the fifties of the last century, when a number of young enthusiasts initiated the establishment of a small laboratory for medicine manufacturing which was at that time no more than a modest workshop.

The idea of work and the will of the initiators started the implementation, thanks to my father Mohamed Dahir al-Faisal, God have mercy on him, and in consultation with the pharmacist Ahmed Sharbak, standing God his age, decided the idea and were joined by some partners at the time to do the work. That was the foundation of Medico Laboratories for Pharmaceutical Industries.

Years passed, the work developed, the facility grew up and faces have changed, but the compass remained towered the direction of development and constant improvement. One of the most important aspects of that era, the acquisition of Dr. Heyad Al Raei, God have mercy on him, the Chief of Board of Medico Laboratories, so it flourished in his era (1981-1998) until it became one of the distinguished pharmaceutical companies in Syria.

1991 was a special year in the march of the pharmaceutical industry, when it began to subject to strict controls and laws with supreme objective, namely the development of the core of a sophisticated pharmaceutical industry in Syria and new laws issued encouraging investment (Law No. 10).

I grabbed the idea of the state seeking the development of this industry and its important sector, and I got a license from the Health Ministry to establish a pharmaceutical factory in Homs. Then the Medico company unanimous board asked for partnership in my work which was agreed upon so (Rashid Al-Faisal and Co.) – Ibn Hayyan Pharmaceutical Industries was established.

I dared to close the Esteqama Pharmacy which was established in 1908 by my grandfather pharmacist Rashid al-Faisal, sacrificing the oldest pharmacy in the city of Homs, hoping to establish a new and ambitious career. That was how Ibn Hayyan Pharmaceutical Industries established, to meet good manufacturing practice of medicines industry, and to begin actual production in 1993. I am very proud in what I did.