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Biographical entry Oppenheim, Gerald (1925 - 1995)

29 October 1925
Dresden, Germany
1 December 1995
Pharmaceutical manufacturer and Company director


Gerald Oppenheim founded Ego Pharmaceuticals in 1953, a company that manufactures high-quality skin products. It has grown to become a significant Australian pharmaceuticals manufacturer, with exports, started in 1962, representing more than a quarter of the production.


Born Dresden, Germany, 29 October 1925. Died Melbourne, 1 December 1995. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc 1949). After work experience overseas he and his wife founded Ego Laboratories (later Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd) in the laundry of their family home in 1953.

Published resources


  • Oppenheim, Gerald and Oppenheim, Rae, Strong Ego and Thick Skin: the Autobiography of Gerald Oppenheim and the Story of the Development of Ego Pharmaceuticals, Ego Pharmaceuticals, Braeside, 2003, 197 pp. Details

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