He was a doctor of chemical sciences, was the owner of 88 patents and the author of 150 scientific papers, maker of the Valium, world’s best-known antidepressant (Apaurin –registered name in Croatia –a paure – against fear).
He was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and, among other things, the founder of the production technology of vitamin C. He was always extremely interested in and inspired by plants, and his special interest was in how to “draw out” a chemical version of the drug substance from them.
Franjo Kajfež was the Minister of Economy in a young Republic of Croatia and after that the first prefect of Krapina-Zagorje County. He died in 2004 at age of 68, after a long period of illness. His most famous legacy is the pill that is so often prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms or muscle spasms, since it affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.
So, if you ever get anxious and take this pill, remember, it has been invented in Croatia.