Watching my youngest child graduate from kindergarten this year was bittersweet. My oldest will be entering middle school this fall and I find it hard to believe how fast they are growing up. These milestones are precious and a reminder of the passage of time. 2018 has been a great year for us and years that end in 8 have been big years for me. I graduated in 1998 and had my second child in 2008. Last year I learned that years that end in 8s have been especially busy for Johnson & Johnson as well.
Last May I visited Our Story at the Powerhouse, a museum located on the Johnson & Johnson campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. There I was given a close up look at the history behind the company.
Johnson & Johnson Milestones in the 8s
- In 1888, Johnson & Johnson first put Papoids (papaya-based indigestion product) on the market to help aid Indigestion, or dyspepsia, as it was called then. The company also created the first commercial First Aid Kit. Within that same year, Johnson & Johnson published Modern Methods of Antiseptic Wound Treatment, which helped provide medical professionals with the training needed to accompany the newly mass produced sterile surgery products. This was quite an accomplishment at the time!
- In 1898, Johnson & Johnson put the first mass produced dental floss on the market, which made it affordable for the first time so people could take better care of their teeth. The floss was made from leftover suture silk. Can you believe that floss has only been around for 120 years?
- In 1908, a time when women did not yet have the right to vote, Edith von Kuster was hired as Johnson & Johnson’s first female scientist! During that same year, eight out of the company’s 36 department supervisors were women.
- In 1918, Johnson & Johnson began making influenza masks to help people protect themselves from the deadly 1918 influenza epidemic.
- In 1928, Johnson & Johnson put TEK toothbrushes on the market. This was the first toothbrush marketed by the company.
- In 1978, Johnson & Johnson made the decision to stay in New Brunswick, New Jersey and build its new World Headquarters there while also forming a public-private partnership to revitalize the city.
- 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.
Isn’t it amazing how one company advanced so much during the last 130 years? Johnson & Johnson continues to discover ways to meet needs. I look forward to experiencing the new milestones for our family and seeing what new developments are created by Johnson & Johnson.
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Is 2018 a big year for milestones in your family?
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