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Our Story

Ego was founded when a young chemist, Gerald Oppenheim, and his wife, Rae, a nurse, saw a need for products to restore and maintain healthy skin. In the laundry of their suburban Melbourne home they developed Ego Pine Tar Bath Solution, later called Pinetarsol, which remains one of Australia’s most widely used inflammation treatments. Ever since Ego has continued to research and develop products and treatments to care for and meet the skin needs of all people.

Gerald Oppenheim passed away in 1995 leaving his legacy, Ego, to the family. His sons, Alan Oppenheim the Managing Director, and David Oppenheim both sit on the Board of Directors. As does Dr Jane Oppenheim, Alan’s wife, who is the Scientific and Operations Director.

Proudly Australian-owned, Ego Pharmaceuticals has led the way in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative skincare products for 60 years. Our mission is to exist for people who want healthy skin. Ego is the specialist in skincare, backed by science. We make our products in Australia for the people of the world. We provide consistently high quality products, underpinned by heritage and integrity.

From its inception as a family business in 1953, Ego has grown to become a world leader, producing a comprehensive skin and health care range for sale in Australia and around the world. Our reputation is built on consistently delivering effective, high-quality and innovative products to meet a diverse range of needs, and we are committed to creating the best possible skin therapies for our customers.

We have hundreds of testimonials that tell us people trust Ego to help care for their skin every day.

The name ‘Ego’ is an acronym for Erwin and Gerald Oppenheim. Dr. Erwin Oppenheim, Gerald’s father was a dermatologist.

Our Values

At Ego our Values are an essential part of our culture and business. These values underpin the quality of our products and drive our integrity, our commitment to science and innovation, and our focus on helping people restore and maintain Skin Health.


Alan Oppenheim,

Managing Director

  • 1. Quality

    Quality is our way of life
    • Quality products. Our product research is focussed on better benefits for the consumer in preference to lower cost.
    • Quality processes and production. We continuously improve our processes and continuously lift our standards. We invest in quality equipment for a more consistent result over the longer term. We exceed the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements of government authorities.
    • Quality reputation. Healthcare professionals recommend our products because of our reputation for quality and science. Our products work well, so our consumers re-purchase and recommend them to others. We have pride and passion in the knowledge that we have the best products.

    3. Ethics

    We do what is right
    All employees respect and protect the confidential information of Ego and of every employee. We will reject unethical requests from our business partners or from government employees. (The laws of Australia and other nations require all Ego employees in all nations to never make unethical payments to government officials.) Our Code of Conduct is our people supporting the Values of Ego.

    5. Service

    Ego exists to help our consumers
    • Ego exists to improve consumers’ skin quality. We listen to our customers and anticipate their needs. We value all our relationships which are based on trust, open communication and an ethical partnership.
    • Excellent service. We strive to deliver excellent customer service experiences for consumers, distributors and healthcare professionals. We strive to transform the customer into an advocate for Ego.
    • Service to the community. We openly engage with and support community service organisations.
  • 2. People

    Our people make the difference
    • We value every employee. Each employee is critical to our success. Our employees provide excellent quality service to our staff. No job at Ego is so important or so urgent that the time cannot be taken to perform it in a safe manner. All employees recognise the importance of each other’s’ personal and family life.
    • Ego culture inspires success. Our culture means our employees look forward to coming to work. Our atmosphere is open, encouraging. We are informal to encourage communication. We inspire each other to achieve our best. We provide challenge to continuously improve. We invest in training and develop our people so they can continuously improve.
    • Our people live the Values. We select the staff who will live the Values and have the best skills in an open, fair and careful process. We are respectful and proud of the diversity of our people. We respect and embrace the culture of the people of each nation in which we operate.

    4. Innovation

    Innovation is in our nature
    • Innovative products. We use the sciences and a creative energy to develop innovative products. Innovation to products, to systems and to Ego is encouraged and embraced.
    • We challenge boundaries. We are bold in approach. We expand into new geographies and new business models. We invest for the long term. Our new endeavours are built to last.
    • All employees are encouraged to innovate. No matter which job someone has at Ego, we want our staff to think outside the box, to suggest innovation and to challenge the way we do things. (We follow our Standard Operating Procedures, but we encourage innovative improvement to SOPs through improvement processes.)
      We openly support our staff when they make an honest mistake. We learn from mistakes and from success. Employees are encouraged to learn and to share their knowledge with each other.

    6. Ego Spirit

    The spirit of Ego revolves around a community atmosphere
    • Equality. We have a sense of equality, of sharing, of being helpful, approachable and informal. We welcome open communication from everyone. We want to listen, to know. We have mutual respect for each other. We base our discussion on facts.
    • Support. All employees are part of the Ego team so we work together to help each other. All employees have a loyalty, a commitment to each other’s ongoing success and to Ego’s ongoing success. Each employee helps other employees to succeed.
      Each employee’s commitment to ethics and to quality and their loyalty to one another (employee and company) are integral to the Ego spirit.
  • Quality

    Quality is our way of life
    • Quality products. Our product research is focussed on better benefits for the consumer in preference to lower cost.
    • Quality processes and production. We continuously improve our processes and continuously lift our standards. We invest in quality equipment for a more consistent result over the longer term. We exceed the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements of government authorities.
    • Quality reputation. Healthcare professionals recommend our products because of our reputation for quality and science. Our products work well, so our consumers re-purchase and recommend them to others. We have pride and passion in the knowledge that we have the best products.
  • People

    Our people make the difference
    • We value every employee. Each employee is critical to our success. Our employees provide excellent quality service to our staff. No job at Ego is so important or so urgent that the time cannot be taken to perform it in a safe manner. All employees recognise the importance of each other’s’ personal and family life.
    • Ego culture inspires success. Our culture means our employees look forward to coming to work. Our atmosphere is open, encouraging. We are informal to encourage communication. We inspire each other to achieve our best. We provide challenge to continuously improve. We invest in training and develop our people so they can continuously improve.
    • Our people live the Values. We select the staff who will live the Values and have the best skills in an open, fair and careful process. We are respectful and proud of the diversity of our people. We respect and embrace the culture of the people of each nation in which we operate.
  • Ethics

    We do what is right
    All employees respect and protect the confidential information of Ego and of every employee. We will reject unethical requests from our business partners or from government employees. (The laws of Australia and other nations require all Ego employees in all nations to never make unethical payments to government officials.) Our Code of Conduct is our people supporting the Values of Ego.
  • Innovation

    Innovation is in our nature
    • Innovative products. We use the sciences and a creative energy to develop innovative products. Innovation to products, to systems and to Ego is encouraged and embraced.
    • We challenge boundaries. We are bold in approach. We expand into new geographies and new business models. We invest for the long term. Our new endeavours are built to last.
    • All employees are encouraged to innovate. No matter which job someone has at Ego, we want our staff to think outside the box, to suggest innovation and to challenge the way we do things. (We follow our Standard Operating Procedures, but we encourage innovative improvement to SOPs through improvement processes.)
      We openly support our staff when they make an honest mistake. We learn from mistakes and from success. Employees are encouraged to learn and to share their knowledge with each other.
  • Service

    Ego exists to help our consumers
    • Ego exists to improve consumers’ skin quality. We listen to our customers and anticipate their needs. We value all our relationships which are based on trust, open communication and an ethical partnership.
    • Excellent service. We strive to deliver excellent customer service experiences for consumers, distributors and healthcare professionals. We strive to transform the customer into an advocate for Ego.
    • Service to the community. We openly engage with and support community service organisations.
  • Ego Spirit

    The spirit of Ego revolves around a community atmosphere
    • Equality. We have a sense of equality, of sharing, of being helpful, approachable and informal. We welcome open communication from everyone. We want to listen, to know. We have mutual respect for each other. We base our discussion on facts.
    • Support. All employees are part of the Ego team so we work together to help each other. All employees have a loyalty, a commitment to each other’s ongoing success and to Ego’s ongoing success. Each employee helps other employees to succeed.
      Each employee’s commitment to ethics and to quality and their loyalty to one another (employee and company) are integral to the Ego spirit.
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Environment

Recycling symbols on packs can be confusing.

These symbols below reflect the plastic type of the packaging. It is a voluntary code that manufacturers can use to help consumers identify the material type. It does not mean that all of the plastic types are recyclable. Each council will accept different materials in curbside recycling bins. Read more by clicking here.

We do our best to minimise and continually improve processes that may impact on the environment in which we operate. We promote sustainable practices, we choose environmentally sound packaging for our products, we minimise the packaging and we have recycling procedures in place in our manufacturing plant and offices. Our rainwater tanks supplement almost a fifth of our water needs.Ego is a signatory of the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary initiative by the Australian Government and industry to reduce packaging going to waste. Download and view our action plan by clicking here.

Please view our annual reporting document by clicking here.

Careers

At Ego, our people make the difference. Our people are our most valuable asset; while many may claim this, we at Ego have placed a premium on our people from day one.

Historically, Ego was a pioneer in ensuring equal pay for women in Australia in 1960. In 1974, we introduced superannuation and in 1977 we implemented profit sharing for all employees. Today, regular training programs and professional development keep Egozites (that’s what we call ourselves) trained in the latest developments and techniques in our respective fields of expertise.

We pay particular attention to encouraging good practices for the health of our people. To this end we provide regular health checks, vaccinations and in conjunction with our SunSense message, skin mapping, to employees who have an interest, at a set time in the year.

At Ego, we are always on the lookout for talented and passionate individuals to join our growing team. We regularly advertise our available positions on our LinkedIn Page and invite you to follow us and keep an eye out for opportunities.

Alan Oppenheim

The son of Gerald and Rae Oppenheim, who founded what is now Australia's largest family-owned pharmaceutical business in 1953 after developing Pinetarsol from their family home, Alan knows Ego inside out, having worked in all areas of the business beginning when he was in high school where he worked after hours in the dispatch, receiving and moving barrels of various ingredients well before the arrival of any forklifts.

After officially joining Ego in 1981, Alan undertook the task of automating the company's factory stock and manufacturing systems. He then turned his attention to significantly improving quality systems in the production processes, the quality control testing processes and in the science behind all marketing material.

As Managing Director, Alan is constantly seeking new ways to improve and maintain the company's reputation for leading the way in innovative products for skin treatment and healthy skin maintenance.

Under Alan's leadership, some of Ego Pharmaceuticals' achievements include:

  • • the development of SunSense, a world first in improved sun protection and customer acceptability; extending the iconic Pinetarsol range with Pinetarsol Gel and Pinetarsol Bar;
  • • the creation of DermAid (another world-first in terms of improved formulation of hydrocortisone cream);
  • • the development of market-leading QV, in response to a request from the dermatology department of the Queen Victoria Hospital to create a product for their service line.

Alan's passion for Ego, its industry, and the science that inspires and supports it, has led to numerous accolades and industry recognition. A life Member of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association, Alan was President of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Scientists (IFSCC) representing 14,000 scientists in 35 nations. The business has also established fellowships for dermatologists and dermatology nurses in Australia and internationally.

Under Alan's management, Ego has also been awarded a slate of accolades including the Australian Export Hero (2010), Excellence in Sales and Services, BRW/ANZ Private Business Award for overseas trading (2010), Governor of Victoria Export Awards (2006 & 2009), Australian Self Medication Industry (2008 & 2009) but to name a few.

Azzam Alwani

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

To celebrate his years of service to Ego in the UAE, we introduce you to Azzam Alwani.

Azzam has worked with Ego for 12 years as the Middle East Regional Manager. He is based in Dubai within the UAE. Prior to joining Ego Azzam worked with our skin care range via a distributor company for Ego products and in his 22 years of experience with Ego has seen a number of significant changes within Ego and across the region. Over Azzam's history with Ego there has been a huge growth in the number of products produced and he has watched several Ego products rocket to number 1 category position in the Middle Eastern markets.

He has also visited the Australian plant on numerous occasions and has seen the development of the research and development facility, the increase in production capacity and the expansion of warehousing that has been required to meet the demand in the Middle East markets.

Azzam's advice to someone considering a position in the company is that,

"Ego is the right work place for you if you are a creative person who believes in change."

Congratulations and Thank you for being a part of the Ego family.

Dr. Fabrizio Spada

Dr. Fabrizio Spada is the Research and Development Manager at Ego Pharmaceuticals. With varying experience across scientific research, Dr Spada has had his studies published, his work awarded patents, and at one point even helped to produce materials that contributed to NASA. His work has taken him all over the world, from Italy to the US and now to Australia to develop new, innovative formulations for skin care products with Ego.

Dr. Spada's passion for chemistry and science-based skin care drives his work here at Ego. His responsibilities focus on the development of new cosmetic and therapeutic dermatological products and he makes sure that all formulations are compliant with the current Australian and International laws so that Ego products can be sold both nationally and globally. His experience with formulation and bringing ideas and concepts into reality has been invaluable to the products that Ego develops.

A firm believer in science and using only evidence-based technologies that have shown results, Dr. Spada's values align with Ego's perfectly. When asked what he was most excited about working on for Ego, Dr. Spada replied that he's "looking forward to finding the next generation of technologies and solutions for skin conditions that can be supported by solid science."

Thank you Dr. Spada for being part of the Ego family and your incredible work so far.

Mandeep Singh

Dr. Mandeep Singh is the Occupational Health and Safety Officer at Ego Pharmaceuticals. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry at Monash University.

Mandeep commenced her journey at Ego in January 2015 as a Quality Control Chemist within the Scientific Team. As an experienced chemist with strong analytical and problem-solving skills she was keen to pursue a career within the pharmaceutical industry that allowed her to make the best use of her skills.

A perfect opportunity came up in 2017 for the role of OHS Officer within the Operations team and she has enjoyed working in this space since.

Mandeep says that she enjoys working in health and safety as she recognizes how important it is to the people of Ego. It is her opportunity to help others whilst gaining a deep understanding of the many complex processes of the business.

 

Mandeep is passionate about safety and recognizes that keeping people safe is a crucial part of business today and that caring for others is a core part of the company values.

In her short time in this role, she has already made a significant contribution to most teams at Ego.

Mandeep is also a member of the Safety Institute of Australia and is working towards professional certification.

Ego thanks Mandeep for her outstanding delivery of workplace safety processes and return to work practices and for her personal commitment to helping keep our people safe.