A woman-founded company, serving women’s most intimate needs
How we got our start
In 1954, nurse Elise Sørensen’s sister, Thora, had an ostomy operation.
This operation left Thora with a fear of going out in public, worrying that her stoma might leak and cause a scene. After listening to her sister’s problems, Elise came up with a solution – concepting the idea for the world’s first adhesive ostomy bag.
Based on Elise’s idea, Aage Louis-Hansen, a civil engineer and plastics manufacturer, and his wife Johanne Louis-Hansen, a trained nurse, created the ostomy bag to help Thora — and thousands of people like her — to live the life they want to lead.
And so, Coloplast was born.
Innovating with empathy
Patients’ ambitions and needs are what drive us — seeing the context of their lives, not just their conditions. With this broader perspective that recognizes the importance of quality of life, we develop the products and services that move patient care forward.
For over 60 years, Coloplast has worked to make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs.
Partnering for good
At Coloplast, we understand the importance of working together to develop groundbreaking solutions. Patients share their opinions, challenges and dream solutions with us. Healthcare professionals work with us to develop devices that deliver even better outcomes.
Working together in this way — sharing knowledge across fields of expertise — has resulted in life-changing products and services that have given thousands of users the confidence and capability to live life to the fullest.
Focusing on sustainability
Coloplast is a purpose-driven company: We make life easier for people living with intimate healthcare needs. As we grow and create access for even more users, we have made it a priority to do so in a sustainable way.
Our global reach
Today, we listen and respond to users all over the world.