F.C. Sturtevant Company
Animal Health Division
Animal Health Division
We know a lot about beautiful skin. We’re 150 years young.
The F.C. Sturtevant Company was founded in 1871 by Francis Crayton Sturtevant, a Civil War medic who was profoundly affected by the number of deaths to soldiers, civilians and animals from rampant bacterial infection caused after surgery. He developed the first antiseptic product to battle “bad” bacteria.
Columbia Healing Powder, as it was called then, was the first medicated powder created to cure skin irritations and infections while also protecting skin and keeping it healthy.
What started 150 years ago as a fight against harmful bacteria has evolved, through intense research and the expertise of the best medical minds in the field, into our discovery of helpful bacteria in the form of topical probiotics, for skin health and wellness.
The F.C. Sturtevant Company was founded in Hartford, Connecticut, by Francis Crayton Sturtevant, a medic who served in the Civil War. The Company created the Columbia brand.
Columbia becomes a national brand in pharmacies from Maine to California. Our Columbia Healing Powder, now known as Columbia Antiseptic Powder, becomes a best-selling medicated powder, used to treat both humans and animals.
Columbia expands distribution to hospitals and physicians.
Columbia Antiseptic Powder is packaged in a cardboard cylinder to save metal, which was needed for the WWII war effort.
The F.C. Sturtevant Company creates a dedicated animal health division, creating products for large and small animals.
The Company creates a technology division in order to conduct research into new materials and new methods of treating damaged skin tissue.
The technology division evolves into Columbia Bio-Labs, and begins work on the study of bacteria, viruses and algae with the intention to enhance healing through the science of microbiology.
We launch Columbia SkinCare, our professional skin care division. Two years later, Columbia SkinCare introduces our Columbia Probiotic Concentrate and Columbia Probiotic Complex, the world’s first topical probiotic skincare products.
Columbia SkinCare will launch a prebiotic cleanser and toner this fall, to complement our successful topical probiotic products.