United-Guardian, Inc. ("United", "Registrant", or "Company") is a Delaware corporation that, through its Guardian Laboratories Division ("Guardian"), manufactures and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical lubricants, health care products, and specialty industrial products. It also conducts research and product development, primarily related to the development of new and unique cosmetic and personal care products. The Company's research and development department also modifies, refines, and expands the uses for existing products, with the goal of further developing the market for the Company's products.
United's predecessor, United International Research, Inc. ("UIR"), was founded and incorporated in New York in 1942 by Dr. Alfred R. Globus, United's Chairman and Director of Research until his death on April 9, 2009. On February 10, 1982, a merger took place between UIR and Guardian Chemical Corp. ("GCC"), an affiliate of UIR, whereby GCC was merged into UIR and the name was changed to United-Guardian, Inc., a New York corporation. On September 14, 1987, United-Guardian, Inc. (New York) was merged with and into a newly-formed Delaware corporation by the same name, United-Guardian, Inc., for the purpose of changing the domicile of the Company to Delaware.
The Company has a broad range of products, some of which are currently marketed and some of which are still in the research and development stage. Of the products being actively marketed, the two largest product lines are the LUBRAJEL® line of cosmetic ingredients and medical lubricants, which accounted for approximately 67% of the Company's sales in 2018, and RENACIDIN® IRRIGATION SOLUTION ("RENACIDIN"), a pharmaceutical product that accounted for approximately 27% of the Company's sales in 2018. All references in this Annual Report to "sales" or "Sales" shall mean Gross Sales.