Speakers

Jeffrey Baxter

Musician/Founding Member of Steely Dan; Advisor, National Security Agency (NSA)

Jeffrey Baxter

How does a rock musician wind up a national security expert? One issue of Aviation Week magazine piqued Jeffrey Baxter’s interest in military technology; missile defense systems, in particular. He first became self-taught in this area, then wrote a paper that proposed converting a ship-based anti-aircraft missile battery into a rudimentary missile defense system. He shared this paper with a local Congressman, and his career as a defense consultant took off.

A consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense with high-level security clearance at the Pentagon, Baxter now advises top military and civilian groups on biological warfare, next-generation technologies and unconventional strategies.

"My big 'thing' is to look at existing technologies to try to see what other ways they can be used, which happens in music all the time," Baxter has said. "The ability to improvise in your thinking is essential to finding answers to unconventional crises of today."

In addition to consulting with dynamic ideas, Baxter was the Grammy Award-winning guitarist for The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. He successfully brings creativity and passion for music to his work, resulting in a firestorm of ideas that have revolutionized the businesses and student groups he's advised.

Baxter highlights creative, unconventional problem-solving and planning techniques by showing audiences how to apply knowledge gained in one area to advance goals in completely different fields. He explains how to approach issues with "logic templates" and how to leave preconceptions behind. Through humor and lateral thinking, Baxter has helped corporations and colleges to map effective strategies, rediscover the drive to innovate, and ignite passion in careers.

Session:

Monday, June 22

Mark Chandler

President, ACT Solutions Corp.

Mark Chandler, ACT Solutions Corp.

Mark Chandler is the president of ACT Solutions Corp. (Adaptive Cosmetic Technology Solutions), a consultancy focusing on "Adaptive Aesthetic Design," advanced emulsion solutions and "Formulating for Efficacy." Chandler has been in the personal care industry since 1984, most recently serving as the skin care applications manager for Croda Inc. Chandler has taught the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) cosmetic formulation, cosmetic raw materials and low energy emulsification courses for 15 years. In addition, he has instructed on emulsions for the Center for Professional Advancement.

Chandler also lectures for the cosmetic science program and serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department at the University of Toledo. He has done technical presentations throughout the United States/North America and in more than a dozen other countries in South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Chandler also has written numerous technical articles and two book chapters and holds three patents.

Session:

Tuesday, June 23

Chih-Chang (C.C.) Chu, PhD

Rebecca Q. Morgan '60 Professor, Fiber Science Program, Dept. of Textiles and Apparel; Biomedical Engineering Program, Cornell University

C.C. Chu, PhD

Chih-Chang (C.C.) Chu, PhD, joined the Cornell faculty in 1978 as an assistant professor after completing his postdoctoral research on biomaterials at the University of Alabama Medical Center, in Birmingham. He earned his doctorate in polymer science under the late Prof. Leo Mandelkern at Florida State University. He currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at Cornell, including the newly introduced, “Biomaterials and Medical Devices for Human Body Repair,” or “Human Spare Parts” course. Chu is the first recipient of the endowed Rebecca Q. Morgan ’60 chaired professor at Cornell University, and the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (May 2009). He is a guest professor at the Chang-Chun Institute of Applied Chemistry, of the Chinese Academy of Science. He was also was very recently (March 2014) inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows at the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences—an honor reserved for the top 2% of bioengineers worldwide.

Among his many functions, Chu has served on research grant councils and committees, and on the editorial boards of several biomaterial and bioengineering journals. He has published 191 research papers; is a recipient of 75 U.S. and international patents (with 30 more pending); and is an editor and author of the book, Wound Closure Biomaterials and Devices, published by CRC Press. His work has focused on the multidisciplinary study of new novel biodegradable polymers, fibers and fibrous membranes for human body repair. His efforts in the last 10 years have largely focused on the design, synthesis and evaluation of a novel family of biologically active biodegradable polymers that are as-yet commercially unavailable. These polymers have been engineered in various forms and shapes for applications including surgical repair of tissues, tissue regeneration, drug-eluting stents, burn treatment, wound closure and drug control/release purposes. One of Chu’s new inventions, "Biodegradable, Bioactive and Programmable Hydrogels," was chosen as a semifinalist for the Christopher Columbus Awards.

Session:

Monday, June 22

George Deckner

Independent Consulant

George Deckner

Before recently retiring from Procter & Gamble, George Deckner was responsible for global oral care upstream formulation and new material development. Prior to that, he worked in P&G's beauty care division and focused on new skin care formulation and delivery technologies. Deckner joined P&G in 1987 through P&G's acquisition of Bain de Soleil, and was responsible for the development of numerous technologies under the Oil of Olay, Bain de Soleil, Clearasil, Noxzema, SKII and Pampers brands. Before joining P&G, Deckner worked for Revlon and Charles of the Ritz, where he was responsible for the development and commercialization of numerous sun care and skin care technologies.

Session:

Tuesday, June 23

John Hayes, PhD

Professor, Sensory Science, and Director, Sensory Evaluation Center, Pennsylvania State University

John Hayes, PhD

John Hayes, PhD, is a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches sensory science and is the director of the Sensory Evaluation Center. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees in Food Science from Cornell University, and his doctorate in nutrition from the University of Connecticut before completing a National Research Service Award (NIH T32) postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral genetics and alcohol addiction at Brown University.

Hayes runs a multifaceted research program that applies sensory science methods to a diverse range of problems. These include work on chemosensation and ingestive behavior, as well as optimizing a novel vaginal drug delivery system for HIV prevention in women. He has authored more than 55 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared on CNN.com, in the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian (UK), Popular Science and Vogue, among others. Hayes has won multiple international awards, including the Pangborn Sensory Science Scholarship, and the Ajinomoto Award from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS). He regularly reviews articles for the Journal of Food Science and serves on the editorial boards of Chemosensory Perception and the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Session:

Monday, June 22

Jürgen Lademann, PhD

Professor of Dermatology, Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Juergen Lademann

Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Lademann graduated as physicist from the Moscow Lomonosov State University in 1980, and worked as a research assistant at the Central Institute of Optics and Spectroscopy of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin, Germany. From 1981 to 1984, he was a post-graduate fellow at the Lo-monosov University, where he received his doctorate in 1984. In 1991, he received a doctorate in spectroscopy from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. Then from 1993 to 1995, he led the Medical Sensor Technology Unit at the Institute of Physics, Department of Electrical Engineering, at the University of Armed Forces in Munich, Germany, where he received his venia legendi teaching certification in 1995.

In 1996, Lademann joined the Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin and became Director of the Center of Experimental and Applied Cutaneous Physiology, within the Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology. In the same year, he received his venia legendi in biophysics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Finally, in 2001, the Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin appointed him full professor of dermatology.

Lademann is actively committed to various societies, scientific bodies and editorial boards. Inter alia, he was president of the International Society of Skin Pharmacology and Physiologic from 2004 through 2008. Since 2001, he has been editor in chief of the international journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. He is also on the editorial boards of Biomedical Optics, Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser Physics Letters, The Open Medical Imaging Journal and Case Reports in Dermatology, among others.

His memberships in scientific bodies include: the Cosmetics Committee of the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (Germany); the Light Engineering Standardization Committee "Radiology" section, with the German Institute for Standardization (Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. or DIN); the COLIPA Advisory Group of the European Union; the North-East German Society of Gynecological Oncology (Nord-Ostdeutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologische Onkologie e.V.; NOGGO e.V.); and the Berlin Dermatological Society (Berliner (Dermatologische Gesellschaft e. V.)

He also sits on the program committees for various international conferences. In 2011, e.g., he chaired the Gordon Research Conference, "Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin," and was elected president of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists at the IFSCC’s annual meeting in October 2014. Lademann has also authored and co-authored more than 500 peer-reviewed articles.

Session:

Monday, June 22

Peter A. Landa

Director for Personal Care Claims and Measurement Science, Textile Research Institute (TRI) Princeton

Peter Landa, TRI Princeton

Peter A. Landa is currently the director for personal care claims and measurement science at TRI Princeton, a leading independent research institution recognized globally for its contributions to the measurement, development and understanding of technology in personal care, home, textiles, polymers, composites, biomedical, etc., products and substrates.

Landa is responsible for third-party claims substantiation, technology development, measurement sciences, and external collaborations with research centers, universities, suppliers and finished goods producers. He has more than 25 years of experience in the personal care industry in various capacities, including: product development for ingredients and finished goods; claims substantiation and validation; hair and skin care product applications and evaluation; product sensory development and assessment; analytical research; and reactive chemistry—all for a variety of different personal care products and brands. Landa's experience spans pharmaceutical companies, ingredient manufacturers, personal care finished goods companies and testing facilities. He has previously held positions at Croda Inc., Ascendia Brands, National Starch and Chemical (ICI) and Estée Lauder Inc., where he spent more than 14 years in research and development early on in his career.

Landa received his bachelor's from Queens College, CUNY, and did post graduate work at the University of Connecticut and Cornell University Medical Center, NY. He also received an MBA in Management from Dowling College in Oakland, NY. Finally, he has co-authored more than 40 articles, papers, presentations and posters, and is an inventor on a number of patents and patent applications for personal care.

Session:

Monday, June 22

Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr.

President, Siltech, LLC

Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr.

Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr., has more than 30 years of experience in innovative personal care ingredients. He is president of Siltech LLC, a company he founded in 1989, which specializes in functional silicones and specialty surfactants. O'Lenick has five published books, more than 40 technical articles and is the inventor of more than 260 patents.

Session:

Tuesday, June 23

Alexander Richter

PhD Candidate, Velev Group, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

Alexander Richter

Alexander Richter is a chemical engineering PhD candidate at North Carolina State University. He earned his B.S. in Environmental/Biotechnology Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Engineering at MCI University—The Entrepreneurial School, Austria, in 2009. He received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2012, where he is currently pursuing his PhD.

Richter was selected as one of seven graduate finalists in the 2013 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Advised by Orlin Velev, PhD, INVISTA Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Richter was nominated for his project, “Silver Nanoparticles Without Metal: A New Generation of Environmentally Benign Antimicrobials.” His project focused on functionalizing biopolymer nanoparticles with silver to kill drug-resistant bacteria, fungi and viruses, and to be used as antimicrobials. Further, his work aims to assist in replacing non-biodegradable nanosystems with environmentally benign, biopolymer-based ones. Built from lignin and cellulose, his group's nanoparticle technologies are biodegradable, environmentally benign, and may potentially be employed as foam and emulsion stabilizers; as drug delivery systems; and as matrices for environmental remediation systems.

Session:

Monday, June 22

Robert Ross-Fichtner

President & CEO, Focal Point Research

Robert Ross-Fichtner

Ross-Fichtner has more than 30 years of experience in the formulation, manufacturing and regulation of cosmetics and OTC drugs. He has completed hundreds of regulatory submissions for product registration and approval, and has served as a consultant to Health Canada. He has extensive experience registering warehouse and production facilities, inspecting OTC drug facilities and developing QA programs in Canada and the U.S. In addition to formulating, his many years of experience in research and development include stability testing, analytical chemistry, and product scale up and manufacturing. He has served as the regular science columnist for Canada's Cosmetics Magazine, and is a current contributor to Cosmetics & Toiletries.

Prior to joining FPR, Ross-Fichtner spent nearly 20 years in management positions at Procter & Gamble in both Canada and the U.S. He was involved with all aspects of P&G’s new product program, including formulation, process engineering, packaging, and regulatory and government affairs. In 2007, he was elected to the board of directors of The Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. Ross-Fichtner completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in organic chemistry from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario.

Session:

Monday, June 22

Karen Young

CEO, The Young Group

Karen Young

Before opening The Young Group in 1999, Karen was vice president of marketing, advertising, product development and sales promotion for Lancôme. Prior to that, she spent 17 years at Estée Lauder, where she held a variety of executive positions, including executive director of color cosmetics. Karen is an active board member of Fashion Group International. She is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, and she divides her time between New York and Paris, where The Young Group operates offices.

Since opening The Young Group, Karen has worked extensively in all categories of the cosmetic industry. She has developed concepts and products for Smashbox, RoC, Bath and Body Works, Neutrogena, Colgate Palmolive, Vichy and Canyon Ranch. Young has worked on numerous established brands in the beauty category, including Christian Dior Beauté, Shiseido, Parfums Givenchy, Avon and 3M Products. She serves on the advisory board for HBA Global, and is an adjunct professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology, teaching product development in the master's program in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing and Management.

Session:

Tuesday, June 23

Moderators

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