1994 proDERM opens its doors

We find the perfect space for our facility in a shopping center in Schenefeld. Having potential study participants right on site and being close to the Hamburg metropolitan area are ideal for recruiting study volunteers. And the shopping center has room for expansion of the institute.

„Being able to provide a professional service in the field of dermatological research – that was my motivation for founding the business in 1994, and it is still our guiding principle today.“

Klaus-P. Wilhelm,
Founder and Medical Director

„Right from the start, I thought it was essential to view our clients as partners and to inspire them with our innovative solutions, creating the foundation for a long and trusting relationship.“

Dorothea Wilhelm,
Director Clinical Research

1995 Topical pharmaceuticals

Just one year after the company was founded, we reorganize and restructure the business, allowing us to test not only cosmetics but also to perform pharmaceutical studies in compliance with the relevant guidelines.

1997 SPF lab opens

We invest in and move into new facilities, where we can perform in vitro as well as in vivo tests on sun protection products.

„When I arrived in the summer of 2000, my special field was developing methods for testing cosmetics and in particular sun protection products. It was a fortunate coincidence that one of my first major projects was installing new lamps in the sun protection product testing area and promoting the success of the area."“

Stephan Bielfeldt,
Vice President and Director Science & Innovation

2000 proDERM becomes a full-service CRO

By adding the departments Data Management and Statistics, we round off our range of services. Ever since then, we have been offering our customers the complete study process, concluding with a comprehensive report on the study and the results.

2000 AP/DEO division opens

We perform the first studies in our new antiperspirant/deodorant area, with its own hot-room and sauna.


2001 ISO 9001 certification

We are the first dermatological institute in Germany to receive ISO 9001 certification.

2002 Expansion of medical expertise

The first ophthalmologists join our team of physicians. Since then, eye tolerability tests have been a consistent component of our services.

2002 Hair lab opens

By expanding our premises we are able to open a hair lab, where we apply biophysical measurement methods to test the efficacy of hair care products.

„I fondly remember when I joined proDERM. I was the project manager for several large studies with over 400 subjects, and almost as an aside, I promoted the projects ‘Establishing a hair lab’ and ‘Profilometry.’ That was definitely exciting!"

Marianne Brandt,
Director Operations

2005 The proDERM quality seal is introduced

Since then, products that demonstrate particularly good skin compatibility may license the seal “dermatologically approved.


2006 Studies on oral hygiene

Dentists join our team of physicians and we invest in dental equipment. We have been testing oral hygiene products ever since.

2008 +100,000

This is the year the number of test persons in our studies tops 100,000. A good relationship with our participants is important to us. This is why we define essential values and include them in our mission statement..

2010 Lab for clinical photography opens

To be able to take clinical photographs that are reproducible, standardized and have the highest resolution, we develop a lab for clinical photography: the proDERM USR-CliP (Unit for Standardized and Reproducible Photography).

2014 proDERM Academy opens

After several previous events and as a reaction to inquiries from some of our customers, we officially launch the proDERM Academy. Regular seminars for the professional industry have been taking place ever since..

2017 Branch in Elmshorn opens

The new branch on the north side of Hamburg enables us to expand our recruiting and be more flexible in the performance of studies.

„Really good teams are the key to achieving objectives. proDERM demonstrates this every day - in-house as well as in cooperation with our external testing centers in multi-center studies or with our clients.“

Bernd Brormann,
Director Clinical Operations

2018 Multi-center studies

We expand our range of services to include multi-center studies. Through our site network, we are always able to find regional partners for our studies.

2018 100+ employees

Our number of employees exceeds 100 for the first time. We consider our team the foundation of our success. This applies to past success as well as to our future development.

2019 +10,000 studies

The number of studies surpasses 10,000 in our anniversary year.

2019 The institute expands again

The new division proDERM Solaris opens at our headquarters in Schenefeld. This is where we will continue to focus on studies related to antiperspirants and deodorants as well as to sun protection products.