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1957

Denmark farmer Kaj Vestergaard Frandsen starts a company manufacturing uniforms for workmen.

1968

Kaj’s son Torben joins the family business.

1968

1986

Torben buys surplus wool cloth and has it made into blankets sold to the Red Cross and Save the Children.

1993

Torben’s son and current CEO Mikkel joins the company.

1993

Vestergaard develops tsetse fly traps to catch vectors that carry sleeping sickness.

1994

Vestergaard’s blankets are used extensively at refugee camps following the Rwandan genocide.

1994

1994

The company expands its humanitarian offerings, selling mosquito bed nets and plastic sheeting as temporary shelter following crises.

1995

Vestergaard opens its first office in Africa (in Kenya) and in India (in New Delhi).

1996

Vestergaard creates LifeStraw® Guinea Worm, a plastic pipe filter to strain out Guinea worm larva (and prevent Guinea worm disease) for The Carter Center. This marks the start of the LfieStraw® product line.

1997

Mikkel assumes leadership of Vestergaard. He sells the work uniform operations to focus
entirely on the humanitarian business.

1999

Tsetse fly technology leads to the launch of the game-changing PermaNet® bed net, one
of the first long-lasting insecticidal bed nets.

2003

Vestergaard opens its first US office in Virginia.

2004

PermaNet® 2.0 receives interim WHOPES recommendation. In 2009, it receives full WHOPES recommendation.

2004

2005

The company headquarters is moved to Lausanne, Switzerland.

2005

The award-winning portable LifeStraw® water filters evolves from the LifeStraw® Guinea Worm filter. It transforms dirty water into safe drinking water.

2007

PermaNet® 3.0 is introduced as the first combination bed net with increased efficacy against malaria vectors resistant to current insecticides.

2008

LifeStraw® Family is introduced for in-house use in developing countries.

2008

2009

LifeStraw® is distributed to victims after the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.

2011

LifeStraw® Carbon for Water campaign uses carbon financing to provide 4 million people in Kenya with sustainable access to safe drinking water.

2012

Vestergaard supports the launch of IR Mapper, an online tool to track insecticide resistance.

2012

LifeStraw® Family 2.0 with built in safe storage container and the high-volume LifeStraw® Community water filters are introduced.

2013

LifeStraw® Go, a refillable water bottle incorporating award-winning LifeStraw® technology, is introduced.

2013

2014

Vestergaard launches the LifeStraw® Follow the Liters program which provides safe water to a school child in a developing country for every LifeStraw® purchased.

2014

WHO’s Vector Control Advisory Group supports PermaNet® 3.0 product claim.

2015

LifeStraw® Mission and LifeStraw® Steel filters are introduced for outdoor recreation and travel

2016

LifeStraw® Go water bottle with 2-stage filtration is launched

2016

Malaria Research

IR Mapper is a tool that maps insecticide resistance. It consolidates reports of insecticide resistance in malaria mosquitoes onto filterable maps to inform vector control strategies.

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