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of Slough, Bucks.
1915 In response to an Australian government initiative to develop an alternative to Aspirin (produced by Bayer but not patented in Australia), Melbourne pharmacist George Nicholas and an industrial experimenter, Henry Woolf Smith, produced Aspro .
Initially the tablet was called Nicholas Aspirin; later the product name was changed to Aspro formed from the last two letters of the name 'Nicholas', and the first three of the word 'Product'.
Improvements were made in tablet manufacturing, especially using the Sanitape packaging press, invented to disperse seeds for farmers, and in marketing, and in the drying of the starch ingredient which allowed the tablets to break up more easily when swallowed.
1918 Nicholas Proprietary Limited was established.
1921 The name of the firm was changed from G. R. Nicholas and Co to Nicholas Proprietary Limited.
1927 Aspro Ltd was formed in the UK to produce and market Aspro tablets in Europe.