Volume 86 Issue 28 | p. 46
Issue Date: July 14, 2008

Pfizer’s Penicillin Landmark

Soon-to-be-shuttered Brooklyn facility mass-produced the antibiotic for Allied forces
Department: ACS News

THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY designated Pfizer’s development of deep-tank fermentation an ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark in a June 12 ceremony at the original Pfizer manufacturing site in Brooklyn, N.Y. The technology was a breakthrough that enabled the mass production of penicillin for use in World War II.

Current employees at the Brooklyn plant, retirees, and company brass attended the ceremony and were proud of the company’s accomplishments but reticent with reporters. A business decision . . .

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