"Our founders mission"- a letter from our COO
My involvement at Marie Originals began at a time when it was just a two-person operation. I had been pursuing interests in the engineering fields, and crossed paths with Marie Originals while solving a technical packaging issue. Marie had recently retired from the company, and I was enthralled by the mission and passion behind the brand. Witnessing the precision and care that was invested into each formulation and seeing the positive impact it was having on people's lives, I immediately knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. With Marie stepping back from daily operations, there was a ton of learning to do. Our monthly R&D spend was nearly 3 times our total revenue, but I knew that we were sitting on a goldmine. Our small but grassroots following rallied behind us as we started from ground up; rebranding, repackaging, and manufacturing these remedies according to Marie’s specifications. Slowly, customer recognition for our brand grew, gaining us placement in mid-sized retailers like Duluth Trading Co., Discount Drug Mart, and Ace Hardware.
Our big break came when Trulore, a venture capital fund with a focus on partnering with CPG brands that have disruptive potential in their categories, took note of the grassroots movement we were fostering. Trulore, with the backing of Tryko Partners, a multi billion dollar private equity healthcare firm, recognized the potential we had to completely disrupt the OTC care industry with our revolutionary products.
The funding that we received from Trulore enabled us to continue our expansion into the OTC/pharmaceutical space. We invested the funds into R&D; improving our products, and better understanding how they worked. We also repositioned ourselves as a powerfully effective OTC pharmaceutical brand while remaining 100% true to Marie’s original promise of delivering holistic remedies th sources.
Our next breakthrough came during the California wildfires. As wildland firefighters heroically operated through the thick brush, they needed an effective solution to fight the rashes they were contracting from their constant contact with poison oak. After discovering our treatment, it was immediately recognized as the best option available. Soon, park rangers, EMS rescue teams and inmates from the California penitentiaries, all who joined the battle, made our poison oak soap a staple of their wilderness toolbox.
Meanwhile, our popularity with end consumers skyrocketed, providing us with the resources needed to expand our line on multiple fronts. Thousands of pharmacies began to stock our products, and the train started to move at record speed. We grew our team, focusing on bringing in young, energetic, and passionate talent- anyone who would help us propel our progress further, and ignoring details like job descriptions.
Fast-forward to today, and we continue to revolutionize the OTC space. Gathering much needed research and science from our very own R&D center at the NY Center For Innovation, we apply modern science to age-old methods of healing. With extensive knowledge and resources, we work with our diverse array of partners in fields as varied as science, engineering and financing, to providing groundbreaking innovation to our loyal customers.
From our humble beginnings on Marie’s 40 acres farm, to the giant movement that we are currently nurturing, one component has stayed the same throughout: It is our loyal customers who are passionate about our products and mission, that make this project such a success. We promise to never stop our quest to discover groundbreaking treatment solutions that you can rely on.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for being a part on this family, and look forward our future together.