James Herms

Toothpaste inventor: Sensodyne couldn’t have set off Galluccio’s court-ordered Breathalyzer test, January 4, 2010.      
       — Jillian Fennimore, MetroWest Daily News, January 4, 2010.

MIT Crime Club and the Sensodyne Defense
[senator] Gallucio  violated his probation by failing a breathalyzer test, he blamed his toothpaste.
       MIT alumnus and Crime Club
president James Herms holds five patents related to Sensodyne toothpaste and should know what’s in it.  He claims that sorbitol, the type of alcohol that Gallucio claimed accounts for the supposedly false result, would not alter the results of a blood alcohol test.
       Herms also had good advice for people with sensitive teeth:
  “What’s more important than the toothpaste is the toothbrush.”
       — Rick Sawyer, Bostonist, January 4, 2010.

... James helped to resolve a pressing issue between the University and its security guards; ... Through his relentless, voluntary work on their behalf a resolution soon followed ...

Resolution List for City Council Meeting of Monday, March 24, 2003
10. Thanking James K. Herms for his dedication to the City and Citizens of the City of Cambridge.
       — City Council Res. 10, 2002–2003 Leg., Mar. 24 Sess. (2003).

The Case of the Gumshoe Geeks: The curious MIT club that’s taken on a murder investigation as an afterschool project
       … The Cantabrigian made a small fortune through canny investments on money reaped while developing toothpaste formulas, and now uses some of that cash to help fund the crime club….

Herms knows as well as anybody that big private universities are notorious for keeping a lid on anything that could damage their reputation, especially when it comes to crime.  “Harvard is really good at maintaining an image that there isn’t anything wrong, and we don’t know if there is or not,” he says, in reference to the Cosby case.
       — Jason Schwartz, Boston Magazine, August 2009.

More GardensMore Peas!

Herms (in green), Victory Celebration, Jardin del Paradiso

More Gardens! Coalition, Victory Celebration, Jardin del Paraíso, New York (June 20, 1999)

Ending a long battle, New York lets housing and gardens grow
       The city agreed to preserve some 500 community gardens….
       Giuliani … wanted to put an end to the hundreds of gardens…
.  The garden supporters  were willing to descend on City Hall dressed as vegetables or insects….
       — Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, September 19, 2002.

U.S. Patent No. 6,241,972 (filed Feb. 19, 1999) (issued June 5, 2001). Assigned by James Herms & Gregory Dodd to Block Drug Co., mfr. of Sensodyne.

       — U.S. Patent No. 6,241,972 (“Oral Care Formulation for the Treatment of Sensitive Teeth”).  Block Drug Co., manufacturer of Sensodyne toothpaste, was integrated into GlaxoSmithKline’s Consumer Healthcare sector in 2001.

Harvard Police update crime log data
       The Harvard University Police Department changed its public crime log yesterday after a crime-watch organization accused the department of violating federal law….
wrote to Harvard Police Chief Francis Riley …  “The Harvard University campus community has apparently in many instances been denied access to the specific dates  and locations of criminal incidents for nearly six years.”
       The conflict dates back to the spring, when 
Herms  alerted Carter to the problem.
       — Emily Anthes, Boston Globe, July 20, 2004.

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