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Johnson & Johnson Making History
I have been learning a lot about the amazing history of Johnson & Johnson recently. While I have always expressed that Johnson & Johnson has been a trusted brand in my family, that loyalty was based on the generations before me using their products. Now that I am learning more about how much of an impact that this company has had in moving our country forward in health care and equality, I realize that the brand loyalty that was started generations ago probably had little to do with how great their baby wash smelled.
Milestones during Years that end in 8!
The Company seems to have a unique connection with the number 8 because huge milestones have kept them busy during years that end in 8, starting way back in 1888 when they created the first commercial First Aid Kit. Today we can’t imagine a life raising little boys without a First Aid Kit handy, however this was a historic moment back in the 1800s, and within that same year they published Modern Methods of Antiseptic Wound Treatment, which provided training for medical professionals who were learning how to handle the newly mass-produced sterile surgery products.
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Ten years later in 1898, Johnson & Johnson put the first mass-produced dental floss on the market. This provided people with an affordable way to take better care of their teeth and was created out of leftover suture silk.
After the turn of the century, another year ending 8 came and along with it came Johnson and Johnson making history in a new way. In 1908, a time when women did not have the right to vote yet, Edith von Kuster was hired as their first female scientist! During that same year, clearly at the forefront of women in the workplace because they also had women working as supervisors in eight out of the company’s 36 departments.
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Next in 1918 as the deadly influenza epidemic hit, they began making influenza mass to help people protect themselves. It has been 100 years since these masks were created, and I am sure they have been redesigned in certain ways many times, however, as a mom who is in the hospital frequently with a little girl who gets pneumonia more than a common cold, I can’t say how important these masks have been to my family.
There is certainly a pattern to these historic moments and it has continued on, in 1998 Dermabond® Topical Skin Adhesive®, the first alternative to sutures, staples and skin strips to seal skin was approved as the first FDA-cleared topical skin adhesive in the United States.
The history-making milestones that they have made throughout the years are certainly incredible and have led the way to the healthcare we have available today. I can’t wait to see what comes from them in the future.
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