CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Just as the Covid-19 outbreak was starting in March, an ambitious Coral Springs entrepreneur rushed to create a new hand sanitizer.
Within three months, Jack Donaldson IV got U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for his lemongrass-scented product.
And now, the 43-year-old is ready to sell 1,500 gallons of it to residents in Coral Springs and far beyond -- with the capability of producing up to another 30,000 gallons for sale.
“It’s chaos out there when it comes to hand sanitizers,” he said. “There are products being recalled all the time. I want to do something different and help people with my product.”
For Donaldson, it’s the start of what he hopes will be a long line of products, including medicine, to improve the health and safety of potentially millions of people.
As part of his vision, he launched a new research and development company aimed to develop pharmaceuticals to help people with various ailments.
He said his company, Sanare Bioscience, will work on overcoming a lack of reliable funding, supply chains, successful trials, and other obstacles standing in the way of bringing new and innovative drugs to people suffering from depression to diabetes.
At the moment, his company has a drug that will be presented to FDA treating the effects of acute toxicity, he said.
“I just want to help people,” Donaldson said. “The best therapy is helping other people.”
His company is headquartered in Baltimore but Coral Springs is where he’s lived since the early 2000s.
Born in Havre de Grace, Md., the fast-talking, charismatic father of three was the first in his family to go to college, and he eventually earned a master’s of education. He went on to work as a teacher, mortgage broker, medical supplier, and medical sales consultant. He said his education and work experience made him into what he is today: a person who genuinely wants to make people healthier.
Shortly after moving to South Florida, Donaldson befriended Mayor Scott Brook who got him involved in local initiatives including helping business owners network with each other and provide a place for people to openly discuss mental health problems.
Brook said Coral Springs needs many more entrepreneurs such as Donaldson right now.
“Jack and his company are fulfilling the need of creative solutions for our community during this pandemic,” Brook said.
Donaldson said he’ll use much of the proceeds from his hand sanitizer product to fund his medical research and development company.
And being business-minded, he’ll always keep looking for other opportunities to develop new products.
“I’ll continue doing my part in creating products that can improve life for others,” he said.
To learn more and order the hand sanitizer product, call 855-929-3062 or contact Donaldson at email@example.com.
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