Terumo BCT is a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies serving customers in more than 120 countries. As the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing and pathogen reduction, we believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief unites our organization, inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers.
Originally established in 1964 as COBE Laboratories, today, more than 5,800 associates around the world are deeply committed to our vision of working together for better lives and our promise to unlock the potential of blood. One way we back these words is through our pledge to be a conscientious corporate citizen and conduct our business in a way that provides social, environmental and economic benefit. At Terumo BCT, discovery never stops.
We share a passion for thinking in new and different ways and we are proud to support education and research through a variety of community involvement activities as well as by providing grants to advance treatment options for patients. We know the work we do matters and has the potential to fundamentally improve health care. We remain dedicated to ensuring the lifesaving gift of blood is available around the world and to meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and the patients we ultimately serve.
Our people make our company great. We come from all over the world and represent an impressive range of professions and expertise, yet we share common characteristics and values. You will feel this in our culture. Our culture is one that rewards results, relationships, working in a matrix and individual accountability. Our goal is to create a work environment where associates are inspired and want to contribute and really make a difference.