C. Barton Gullong, Class of 1970
Entrepreneur and Humanitarian
Since earning a bachelor's degree in English from Marietta College in 1970 and going on to complete a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Central Connecticut State University, Bart Gullong has enjoyed a career in business and product development, serving as consultant to such worldwide organizations as the U.S. and International Olympic Committees and NASA.
Bart joined On-Site Gas Systems in 1998 and was instrumental in the development of a portable oxygen generation system adapted for military use in far-forward military hospital units. Employed extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan, the systems were also used in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
At On-Site, Bart discovered that his partner had invented and patented a blood-clotting element, but had been unable to effectively market the product. Recognizing an opportunity to get a valuable and potentially life-saving item into wider distribution, Bart founded Z-Medica. Developing an application that adapted the crude product for more general distribution, the product, Quikclot, is now in use by the U.S. military as well as a number of other countries' military organizations.
Quikclot has been instrumental in saving the lives of many soldiers and Marines. Further innovation and development have yielded life-saving products for all situations where blood loss is an issue - for the soldier on the battlefield, the first responder on scene, the Doctor in the hospital, and now even the civilian at home.
Bart's recently formed Quikclot Foundation will ensure that even the poorest of countries and people will have access to this life-saving technology. He holds a 100-Ton Power and Sail All-Ocean Operators license and is the recipient of The Coast Guard Medal, the highest civilian award given by the USCG.