Pilot Chemical Co. announced the hiring of a microbiologist to conduct challenge testing and oversee its new microbiology lab. Sarah Hale, who recently joined the team, brings to the role experience in microbial challenge testing, household care product claims testing, research and development, and media preparation. The company opened the new microbiology lab, located in its Sharonville Technology Center, in January to help bring new and innovative biocidal products to the market.

“When we decided to build a microlab to support our biocides business, we knew we had to find an expert that could successfully launch the lab and establish industry-accepted processes and procedures,” said John Manka, Ph.D., director of R&D and Sharonville Technology Center site manager. “We were lucky to find Sarah, as she had the exact training and extensive experience we needed to lead our new lab. She had testing experience in the markets we serve, and her knowledge will enable us to develop better biocide products.”

“Our new lab will give Pilot a competitive advantage that allows us to screen biocide formulations quickly and efficiently to better serve our customers and tailor formulations to their specific needs,” said Hale. “I am happy to be a part of the growth at Pilot Chemical Co. and am excited to see what additional capabilities we add in the future.”

Hale most recently worked as a research and development microbiologist for Advanced Testing Laboratory. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and forensics from Northern Kentucky University. She also minored in chemistry and criminalistics.

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