Written on: February 1, 2024 by SprayTM
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has announced that the late Dr. David Macinga—a renowned microbiologist who served as VP of Product Development & Regulatory Affairs, GOJO Industries, until his passing in June 2023—is the 2024 recipient of the ACI Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.
This posthumous honor is for Macinga’s many years of outstanding service to ACI and the cleaning products industry, said the organization. He was actively engaged at ACI in a range of areas, especially the topical antiseptics program, where he provided invaluable expertise and insights as part of ACI’s extensive efforts to protect public health and safety and preserve the marketplace for these products and chemistries.
In addition to his active engagement in ACI’s antiseptics research program, Macinga provided leadership and strategic thinking on behalf of the industry. He was a key voice in discussions with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
“Dave Macinga was an outstanding leader, collaborator, colleague and friend,” said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO.
“Most importantly, he was a beloved husband and father and is sorely missed by so many. We are proud to honor Dave’s contributions to ACI and the industry at-large.”
Over the years, Macinga was also an active participant in ACI’s Research, Technology & Regulation Committee, Disinfectants Tiger Team, Microbial Cleaning Products Task Force and various regulatory and government affairs initiatives. He was also a founding member of the Future Leaders, serving as its first Board Treasurer.
Macinga was an integral leader at GOJO from 2003 to 2023, developing new and innovative antimicrobial and antiviral skin and surface hygiene products. He led a team of scientists and regulatory specialists responsible for developing and commercializing hand hygiene solutions, topical antiseptics and surface disinfectants for domestic and global markets. His overall responsibility included formulation development, clinical microbiology, analytical chemistry, package testing, regulatory affairs and product safety. Macinga was engaged in Industry efforts to provide additional safety and efficacy data to support finalizing FDA regulations governing skin antiseptics used in healthcare and consumer settings. He was widely published since 1995 in antimicrobial resistance and hand hygiene.
Prior to GOJO, Macinga worked at Procter & Gamble and Schering-Plough Research Institute.
ACI’s Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Elva Walker Spillane, the former National Purity LLC executive who served on the association’s board for 20 years. The award honors an individual for extensive or exceptional service to ACI, who promoted the growth and interests of the Institute and the industries it represents and who exercised outstanding leadership within ACI.