Friedrich Stolz: Successful researcher from Höchst
Friedrich Stolz was born into pharmaceuticals, so to speak. He came from a family of pharmacists in Heilbronn and received a pharmacy degree from a Munich university. After graduating, he decided not to obey his father's wish for him to work at a city pharmacy. We are lucky this talented researcher did not listen to his father. Instead, he went to work as an industrial chemist in Höchst, where he made one discovery after another. In 1893, he developed Pyramidon from the antipyrine molecule. In 1904, Friedrich Stolz synthesized adrenaline instead of extracting it from animals. In 1906, Farbwerke launched the hormone as Suprarenin. In 1912, Friedrich Stolz developed an analgesic that was more effective against rheumatoid arthritis than Pyramidon: Melubrin. The drug's name was created by combining the initial letters in the names of the company's founders: Meister, Lucius and Brüning. Stolz was involved, albeit indirectly, in yet another pharmaceutical milestone: Novalgin, a drug derived from his Melubrin, was a standard pain therapy drug from the time of its introduction in 1922 until the 1970s. Friedrich Stolz, who had lived in a company-owned apartment on Paulistraße close to today's East Gate, was taken to his final resting place in the Höchst Cemetery in 1936.
Friedrich Stolz, * 1860, † 1936