Gentamicin is produced by the fermentation of Micromonospora purpurea . It was discovered in 1963 by Weinstein, Wagman et al. at Schering Corporation in Bloomfield, . working with source material (soil samples) provided by Rico Woyciesjes.  Subsequently, it was purified and the structures of its three components determined by Cooper, et al., also at the Schering Corporation. It was initially used as a topical treatment for burns at the Atlanta and San Antonio burn units and was introduced into IV usage in 1971. It remains a mainstay for use in sepsis.