Making the World a Better Place
Published on 14 April 2021
At the start of his career, Bob Eschbacher, B.S. ’85, MBA, Pharm.D., was unsure of where his path would lead him. Determined to make a positive impact on society, he set his sights on exploring all that the profession of pharmacy had to offer.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Eschbacher took a position as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager at Thrifty Drug Store that allowed him to work alongside experienced pharmacists who shared their insight on opportunities within the profession.
He explored pharmacy administration, home infusion therapy and hemophilia treatments which eventually led to a long-standing career at Bayer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
As a medical science liaison at Bayer, Eschbacher educated patients, nurses and doctors on new medications and treatments for hemophilia, and helped launch Bayer’s long-acting hemophilia treatment, Jivi, in 2018.
Today, Eschbacher works as a medical science liaison at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, which is currently undergoing clinical trials for Roctavian, a gene therapy for individuals with severe hemophilia A.
Why are you passionate about serving patients living with hemophilia?
I have worked with the hemophilia patient population for almost 25 years, and I have built relationships within this small community of patients, doctors and nurses.
Each year, I work at a summer camp for children with hemophilia where I collaborate with doctors and nurses to educate the kids on how to use their medications. Over the years, I have watched these children grow up and mentored them along the way. I even received an invite to one of their weddings recently.
My focus has always been to provide the best patient-centered care and education possible, and it is rewarding to see the advancements we have made in treatment therapies for this patient population.
How has your experience within the profession helped you grow?
It’s helpful to network and put yourself out there, which is something I had to learn along the way.
Throughout my life, I have known a number of people who allowed me to ask them questions about their careers, which helped encourage me to pursue my interests within the profession.
I am proud to pay it forward through my involvement with the University.
What motivated you to establish the Robert Eschbacher ’85 Annual Family Scholarship?
My life is short, but I hope the young people I interact with — patients, students, my kids and grandkids — will be able to make the world a better place in the future.
A career in pharmacy provides amazing opportunities to help others. Whether it is educating patients on the benefits of a particular medication, conducting research to better society or giving to the University, each person has an opportunity to make a difference.
It is my hope that the cycle continues, and those who benefit from attending the University pay it forward to the next generation.
Through the Robert Eschbacher '85 Annual Family Scholarship, Gina and Bob Eschbacher, B.S. ’85, MBA, Pharm.D., have provided numerous scholarships to students throughout the past 29 years.
As lifetime members of the Mortar and Pestle Society, the Eschbachers’ generosity will continue to make an impact on the next generation of health care leaders for years to come.
To learn how you can make a difference in the lives of students, visit uhsp.edu/give.