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Finding a Meaningful Career After 50  

Scott L.
Sr. Plasma Center Tech
Janesville, Wisconsin
Employee Since 2011

After a previous employer closed, Scott found himself at a career crossroads. A long-time factory worker and plasma donor, he was familiar with BioLife. “At the time, being 50, I thought not too many companies hire 50-year-olds. But, I’ve been here so long donating, it didn’t seem like a big leap to come here because I already knew the people so well,” he shares. So, he applied for a job and has been at BioLife ever since.  

As a donor, Scott knew about plasma. What he didn’t know was the full extent of what happens once it’s donated. Now, as a senior plasma center technician, he’s received extensive education on plasma, plasmapheresis, and how BioLife helps patients. Plasma makes up approximately 57 percent of whole blood. It’s the pale, yellow liquid portion of the blood that aids in the circulation of red and white blood cells and platelets. Through a process called plasmapheresis, it’s collected to be processed into life-changing medicines for people with rare diseases, immune deficiencies, severe burns, and blood disorders such as hemophilia. 

Scott plays a vital role in ensuring the donated plasma is properly collected, boxed, shipped, and documented according to BioLife’s high-quality standards. In fact, he handles approximately 99% of all the plasma donated in his location and trains new hires on operating procedures. Without his dedication to “leading by example and doing my job correctly,” collected plasma can’t be turned into medicines that people need. “I need to make sure that I’m collecting a good unit. My whole job is meaningful and about being responsible.”  

Making a difference for patients makes a difference in his own life, too. “In over 40 years, I’ve had three full-time jobs. This is the best job I’ve ever had,” says Scott. “It keeps me active and physical to get enough exercise. It’s challenging, physical, and there’s no downtime.”  

In return for his hard work and commitment, Scott feels supported by BioLife’s benefits and valued by his team. “I get a lot of awards from my fellow employees and supervisors. The center managers and supervisors are encouraging when you do a good job. It makes me feel good that someone is noticing what I’m doing.” BioLife is filled with nice, hardworking people like Scott. “If you’re hired here and do your job properly, you can have a rewarding job, good benefits, and go as far as you want to. 

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“In over 40 years, I’ve had three full-time jobs. This is the best job I’ve ever had.”

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