It’s always interesting to get a glimpse behind the scenes to learn about what people do at their jobs and how they got to those jobs in the first place. So I was pleased to have the opportunity to talk with scientist Dr. Jim Arbogast, Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements at GOJO Industries. GOJO is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. You may also know them as the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. This is final sponsored post in a series that has focused on hands-on learning activities that put fun first.
Arbogast, who has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, has been directly involved in the formulation and national launch of hundreds of products in the laundry, air freshening, hair care, skin care, and hand hygiene markets.
Under his leadership, the GOJO Skin Care Science team has conducted numerous field outcome studies with hand hygiene products to determine their real-world effect on skin condition and infection related rates. Additionally, there have been many contributions to advancing the science of hand hygiene around microbiology, clinical studies, analytical chemistry, drug stability and new product development.
He and I discuss his role as a GOJO scientist, his education and career path in the video below. He shares his thoughts on where a chemistry student can head after college and the importance of being open to unexpected opportunities. After all, he wasn’t aware of the field of Skin Care Science as a young student, but he followed that path to a rewarding career.
He also shares the excitement of seeing products he helped to develop on store shelves, but even better, the deep satisfaction of knowing those products help people stay healthy and avoid illness by reducing the spread of illness-causing germs.