Meet Caron - From big Pharma to natural extracts Innovation

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Caron Provatopoulos
Research & Development Scientist
Treatt USA

What do you do at Treatt? 

I develop novel products and novel processes by understanding and applying scientific principles. This involves improving existing products and processes by exploring new and efficient ways of doing things. I am responsible for identifying problems and finding solutions through investigations, experiments, and trials.

How did you get started in R&D as a scientist? 

I studied Chemistry and Biochemistry and acquired the skills and knowledge required to adapt in any scientific job function. I worked in analytical for four years prior and my natural curiosity, problem-solving skills and scientific background got the attention of the R&D manager at the time. I did many investigations and made many recommendations to him and HR thought it was a natural fit for me to move to Research and Development.

How did Treatt get on your radar as a possible employer?

I studied drug design and I became disenfranchised with the pharmaceutical industry, so I did a quick google search on jobs in science not in pharma. The flavour and fragrance industry came up and I was interested in natural medicine and essential oils. I reached out to an editor at Perfumer & Flavorist, and they suggested that I apply to Treatt, as well as some other companies. I got two offers, one to Ohio and the other to Florida. I could not pass up on the warm weather and Disney World.

What’s the best part of your job? 

The best part of my job is learning new concepts and gaining knowledge through problem solving. I enjoy seeing a tangible product derived from an idea. The satisfaction of winning a match after suffering several disappointments is truly rewarding.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the team at Treatt?

Treatt is a great company if you are looking for a place to learn and to grow. Be prepared to work hard but equally expect to be justly rewarded. Treatt provides a relaxed cultural atmosphere and very diverse working environment. If you want to work together as a team, but as individual be very passionate about what you do with utmost integrity and can respectfully challenge the norms and evoke change then you will be a perfect fit at Treatt.

What’s your favourite drink?

Rum Punch in the summer and Guinness in the winter.

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