CIS Pharma was brought to life by Lieselotte and Werner Schäfer in 1952. They establish a chemistry laboratory in their home in Basel, building the foundation of what is known as CIS Pharma AG today. Prior to this, Werner worked for Hoechst (Sanofi) where he synthesized penicillin. Werner’s innovations in the field of surface active compounds result in known products, such as the laundry detergent REI. His innovative chemistry makes him a technology leader in the surfactant industry. Among many sophisticated applications of his surfactants in the metal industry, his technology is used by NASA in 1969 to protect the surface of the lunar landing shuttle. In 1973, Werner Schäfer incorporates Chemisches Institut Schäfer AG, known as CIS Pharma AG today.