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  • HMC has expanded double its production area


  • HMC hold its first DMF of Chitosan HCL at US FDA
  • Katja Richter is the new treasurer of EUCHIS (European Chitin Society)
  • HMC sponsors the XIII EUCHIS conference and VIII SIAQ Symposium 31rd May - 3rd June


  • HMC increase own competences regarding technical writing and regulatory affairs
  • Successful recertification by TÜV Rheinland.
  • HMC starts a new project of custom development for a chitosan derivative


  • Successful auditing by TÜV Rheinland.
  • Katja Richter was elected from the EUCHIS board as assistant treasurer in September 2015
  • HMC+ at EUCHIS and ICCC conference, Aug30.-Sept3.
  • Relaunch of Website


  • Successful auditing by TÜV Rheinland.
  • HMC welcomes the 500. customer.
  • HMC is co-organizer of the 12th International Conference of the European Chitin Society and 13th International Conference on Chitin and Chitosan in Münster, Germany from August 30th to September 2nd, 2015


  • HMC is member of the The Nano3Bio consortium funded by EU from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration.
  • Successful auditing by TÜV Rheinland.


  • New orientation of Sales department at HMC.
  • Successful auditing by TÜV Rheinland.
  • HMC+ at EUCHIS conference in Porto, Portugal, sponsoring poster prizes


  • HMC+ gains the certification under ISO 9001 and ISO 13485.
  • Successfull auditing by TÜV Rheinland.
  • Release of the new Chitovation edition.


  • The second round financing successfully completed. The High-Tech Gründerfonds increases its HMC+ shares.
  • Katja Heppe get married and change her name from Katja Heppe to Katja Richter
  • Participation at the 2nd Investforum Sachsen-Anhalt.
  • HMC+ now is sponsor for both pengulins Tou Feng and Quesan in the Zoo of Leipzig.
  • Launch of the campaign product of the month.
  • Panel discussion Katja Heppe with the Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Thomas de Maizière.
  • Participation at the 1st High-Tech Partnering Conference in Bonn.


  • HMC+ becomes sponsor of the words Chitin and Chitosan.
  • Election of Katja Heppe into the board of members of the European Chitin Society (EUCHIS).


  • Sponsorship for the Pangulin Tou Feng in the Zoo Leipzig, the only Pangulin in a european zoo.
  • Shareholding of the High-Tech Gründerfonds and a Business Angel in the company.


  • Relaunch website.
  • New image broschure of Heppe Medical Chitosan GmbH will be published.
  • Regional winner IHK Halle Dessau, DIHK competition "Best Business Idea".


  • Award for Katja Heppe as Fonder of a new business of the year 2006 on the occasion of the Economic Ball, by favor of Ministry of Employment and Economic Affairs in cooperation with Wirtschaftsspiegel Sachsen-Anhalt KG.
  • Katja Heppe gets a special award as woman entrepreneur in Saxony Anhalt 2006.
  • Entrepreneur of the month September, Univations-Inoovations and Founders-Network Saxony Anhalt.
  • The new website goes online. Service capabilities of HMC+ and its products are presented at
  • Development and implementation of HMC+'s new market and company strategies.
  • Heppe Medical Chitosan GmbH awarded the IQ Innovation Award Halle (Saale).
  • Change from Katja Heppe Medical Chitosan to Heppe Medical Chitosan GmbH on March 1, 2006.


  • First customers in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector purchase products from Katja Heppe Medical Chitosan.
  • Concentration on the core competencies: Research, Production and Development of intelligent chitosan products.
  • Start of production of high-purity chitosan products and chitosan derivatives.
  • Clear increase in quality of chitosan though the application of new production technologies.
  • Foundation of Katja Heppe Medical Chitosan by biotechnologist Katja Heppe on August 1, 2005.
  • Change in generations within the family and strategic decision for the Central German Region Halle (Saale) & Leipzig.


  • Katja Heppe researches the topic of Overcoming the Blood/Brain Barrier with help from chitosan as carrier.


  • Katja Heppe researches the topic Transportation of Substances Past the Intestinal/Blood Barrier with help from chitosan.
  • Research directed at chitosan in medicine and cosmetics.


  • Development and testing of future chitosan technologies promising a definite improvement in purity and quality of chitosan.
  • Katja Heppe recognizes the problems in the sector (lack of quality and non-transparent classification of products).
  • Idea: with a better quality, chitosan could be used in a wider range of applications as previously known.


Congress and fairs

Meet us in person 2024:

  • 14th PBP World Meeting/ Research Pharm, Vienna, Austria, 18.-21.03.2024
  • EPNOE Workshop on Analytics of Polysaccharides, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 25.-26.06.2024
  • CPHI, Milan, Italy, 08.-10.10.2024
  • MEDICA 2024, Düsseldorf, Germany, 11.-14.11.2024

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  • Heppe Medical Chitosan GmbH
    Heinrich-Damerow-Strasse 1
    06120 Halle (Saale)
  • Tel.: +49 (0) 345 27 996 300
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