Speakers

Patrick D. Bentley

Sales Manager, Active Organics Inc.

Patrick Bentley joined Lubrizol in 1998 as a sales consultant in the pharmaceutical market. Since then, he has expanded his responsibilities in the personal care business, most recently as the global sales and marketing manager for the Active Organics portfolio of Lubrizol. Patrick holds a bachelor of science degree in Economics from LeHigh University as well as a master's degree in technology management from Polytechnic University in New York.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

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:

Friday, June 27

Mike Davis

Principal Scientist, Hair Biology Group, Beauty Technology Division, Procter & Gamble

Mike Davis

Mike Davis earned his bachelor's of science degree in forensic chemistry from Ohio University. He has been with Procter & Gamble for 14 years, having first joined the company as a researcher in the cardiovascular department of P&G Pharmaceuticals in 1998. Prior to joining P&G, he conducted research in heart failure, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis as a member of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. In relation, he published 20 original research articles, and is the inventor on two patents in the area of cardiovascular research.

At P&G, he conducted research on small molecule therapies for peripheral arterial disease. In 2006, he joined the P&G Beauty Hair Care Division as lead scientist for the product claims support division. In June of 2011, he transferred to the hair biology group in P&G’s Beauty Technology Division. His roles at P&G have provided the foundation for mastery in various biological, physical and product test methods. In the last four years, his research has been focused on utilizing proteomics tools to investigate hair damage and structure. In this work, he discovered protein biomarkers of hair damage related to product and environmental insults. He relies on his background in forensic science and expertise in cell and molecular biology to further his research in hair biology and health.

Mike Davis is a member of the Ohio Valley chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and since moving to hair care research, has authored three manuscripts and nine abstracts. He is also the inventor on a patent for the use of proteomics tools to diagnose hair damage.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

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:

Friday, June 27

S. Peter Foltis

Director of Scientific Affairs, Skin Care, L’Oréal USA

S. Peter Foltis, PhD

S. Peter Foltis, director of scientific affairs for skin care at L’Oréal USA, has been with the company for 22 years. He has served in various R&D roles, including as director of SkinCeuticals and Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and as a senior chemist, group leader and eventually manager of the Skin Treatment division. Prior to L’Oréal, Foltis worked as a chemist at the Lever Brothers Company.

Foltis earned his master’s degree in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy from Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is in pharmacy from Rutgers University. In addition, Foltis has authored and co-authored several books, book chapters and articles on topics ranging from shaving preparations and antioxidants to UV protection and self-tanners.

Foltis is a registered pharmacist in the state of New Jersey, as well as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He currently holds pending patents covering drug delivery, dosage form stabilization, photoprotection strategies, eczema treatment and other novel skin treatment formulations.

Session:

Friday, June 27

Carol Grant

Project Manager, Sensory Spectrum, Inc.

Carol Grant

Since 2011, Carol Grant has managed sensory projects in the food and personal care product categories for Sensory Spectrum. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Food Science, and has 15 years of experience in both product development and marketing research experience from CPG companies and the fragrance industry.

Session:

Friday, June 27

Elizabeth Grice, PhD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Grice, PhD

Elizabeth Grice, PhD, is assistant professor of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Luther College, and her doctorate in human genetics from Johns Hopkins University.

Grice did her post-doctoral fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute, where her work focused on using molecular and genomic methods to characterize the vast topographic and temporal diversity of the human skin microbiome. Her laboratory now broadly focuses on host-microbe interactions of the skin, and their contribution to skin disease and health.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Leslie Harris

VP Global Marketing & Product Development, SkinCeuticals/L'Oréal

Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris is currently vice president of global product development and marketing for SkinCeuticals, a cosmeceutical skin care brand sold by dermatologists and plastic surgeons, and owned by L’Oréal USA. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and international rollout of all new products and scientific innovations for the brand. Prior to this position, she led new skin care product innovation for Garnier in the United States, and was director of global marketing for the body and fragrance categories at Kiehl’s, both brands also under the umbrella of L’Oréal USA.

Harris has previous marketing and finance marketing experience in both cosmetics and fashion, and began her career in finance. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Wellesley College, a master of arts degree in fashion history and theory from the London College of Fashion, and a master of professional studies in cosmetics and fragrance marketing and management from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She is an active beauty historian, and now serves as adjunct faculty for the masters of professional studies program at FIT, where she teaches on innovations in the history of beauty.

Session:

Friday, June 27

Rebecca A. Kazin, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, and Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Rebecca A. Kazin, MD

Rebecca A. Kazin, MD, is a board certified dermatologist at the renowned Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, and an Assistant Professor of the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. In addition, she is a clinical investigator for laser surgery, and has authored several manuscripts and book chapters on dermatology, internal medicine and plastic surgery. She lectures nationally and trains physicians in the proper techniques for non-invasive cosmetic surgery.

Kazin earned her undergraduate degree in biology, and pursued her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she served as chief resident. Kazin is an expert in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery, skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as general dermatology. She has earned several awards and honors, and served as the vice president of the Maryland Dermatologic Society, and as faculty for the American Academy of Dermatology Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Patient Safety Program, among others.

Kazin's clinical pursuits include cosmetic dermatology such as Botox, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation and resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, correction of acne scars and leg vein treatment, and scalp care and health.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Lorraine Lampe

Manager, Personal Care Applications, INOLEX

Lorraine Lampe joined INOLEX in 2008 as a cosmetic chemist in the personal care formulations Laboratory at INOLEX Inc. After demonstrating quickly that she is knowledgeable and capable, her responsibilities grew rapidly and she began working as the manager of the personal care formulations laboratory. Her interest in the skin sciences and work in sun care are most notable in her recent work in film-formers and natural sensory fluids.She holds a bachelor's of science from Fairfield University.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Roger L. McMullen, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Roger L. McMullen

Roger L. McMullen, PhD, has more than 15 years of research experience in the personal care industry, and has written extensively on contemporary subjects confronting this industry. McMullen is senior scientist at Ashland Specialty Ingredients, as well as an adjunct professor of biochemistry in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Cosmetic/Pharmaceutical Science Master’s program, where his focus topics are microtoxicity and biochemistry. McMullen is also editor of the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ monthly publication, Cosmetiscope.

Session:

Friday, June 27

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:

Friday, June 27

Gabriela Oana Cula, PhD

Research Manager, Physiology and Biophysics, Johnson & Johnson

Gabriela Oana Cula, PhD

Gabriela Oana Cula, PhD, earned her bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Universitatea Politehnica (Bucharest) and Rutgers, respectively. She went on to earn her doctorate in computer science from Rutgers, specializing in computer vision.

Oana Cula has more than seven years experience in the cosmetics and personal care industry, leading basic research in the development of methods and models for a comprehensive understanding of skin's physical properties and appearance. Her expertise includes multimodal image analysis (from macro to micro-imaging in the context of facial beauty), chronological aging, photo-aging, acne, eczema and wounds.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Mohamed Omer

Global Haircare and Oral Hygiene Analyst, Mintel

Mohamed Omer

Mohamed Omer is Mintel's Global Haircare and Oral Hygiene Analyst. Omer has always been passionate about chemistry, and prior to joining Mintel, he formulated innovative products for major personal care companies—including Colgate-Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Gojo and Alberto Culver/Unilever. Omer holds an M.Sc. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University, and before he entered the beauty and personal care industry, he worked at the New York Police Department crime lab as an expert on controlled substances.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Crisan Popescu, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, German Wool Institute (DWI), and Professor, University Aurel Vlaicu

Crisan Popescu, PhD

Crisan Popescu is a senior research scientist at the German Wool Institute (DWI) in Aachen, Germany; a professor at the University of Aurel Vlaicu in Arad, Romania; and an invited professor at the University of Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France. He earned his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Popescu has worked for more than 30 years in the field of physics and chemistry of polymers and fibrous proteins, particularly keratins such as human hair and wool, and in the field of kinetics of solid-state processes. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications and several patents, and has given more than 100 invited presentations. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and of the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC), and serves as chairman of the ICTAC Scientific Commission and of the “Product Group” of the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO).

Session:

Thursday, June 26

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:

Thursday, June 26

Manal Sarris

Senior Marketing Manager, DSM

Manal Sarris has been in the personal care industry for over 10 years. She started out as a Product Development Chemist for BeautiControl Cosmetics in Dallas, TX. Utilizing her technical background, she later went on to Revision Skin Care and worked as the National Marketing Manager for their physician-focused brand. Wanting to gain a broader scope of the industry, Manal started with DSM over six years ago and has held various positions within the organization as a Southeast Account Manager, Global Key Account Manager, and now as DSM’s Sr. Regional Marketing Manager.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Steven Squyres, PhD: Keynote Speaker

Principal Scientist, Mars Exploration Rover Project, and Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University

Steven Squyres

Steven Squyres, PhD, is Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University and the acclaimed principal investigator for the science payload on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project. He is best known as the face and voice of NASA’s mission to Mars and the pioneering drive across its surface by two high-tech robotic rovers named “Spirit” and “Opportunity.”

Squyres’ work has focused on Mars and the moons of the outer planets. He is best known for research on the study of water on Mars, and of a possible ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Along with the Mars Exploration Rovers, he has participated in many of NASA’s planetary exploration missions, including the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn, the Magellan mission to Venus, and the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission. Along with his current work on MER, he is also a co-investigator on the Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Science Laboratory missions; a member of the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Team for the Mars Odyssey mission; and a member of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Squyres chaired the most recent planetary decadal survey for the National Research Council. He has also served as chair of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee, and was recently named chair of the NASA Advisory Council. His awards include the American Astronomical Society’s Harold C. Urey Prize, the Space Science Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society’s Carl Sagan Award, the National Space Society’s Wernher von Braun Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Squyres received his PhD from Cornell in 1981 and spent five years as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center before returning to Cornell as a faculty member.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Zsolt Szabados

Technical Specialist Skin & Sun, BASF

Zsolt Szabados is the technical specialist for BASF skin and sun care in North America. He joined BASF in 2007 in the technical service group for skin and sun care. Prior of joining BASF, he worked as a development chemist at several smaller companies in the greater New York area. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, a master's degree (MS) in pharmaceutics from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, USA, and an MBA in international management and marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Thomas R. Tritton

Senior Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and a Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

Thomas Tritton

Thomas R. Tritton is the former president of Haverford College and former president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), an organization headquartered in Philadelphia as a library, museum and center for scholars. Prior to joining CHF, he was president-in-residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was also a professor of pharmacology for 12 years at Yale University and 12 years at the University of Vermont (UVM). At UVM, he served as deputy director of the Vermont Comprehensive Cancer Center and vice provost of the university.

Tritton currently is a member of the Corporation of Haverford College, vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Ohio Wesleyan University, and member of the board of directors for the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, as well as the Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science. He serves as a senior fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Jin-ye Wang, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Team Leader of Biomaterials Lab, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Jin-ye Wang, PhD

Jin-Ye Wang, PhD, earned her doctorate from the Tohoku University of Japan in 1992, then moved to RIKEN and The National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan. In 2000–2009, she served as professor of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and Chinese Academy of Sciences, and was adjunct professor of Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiaotong University. She is now the professor of Biomedical Engineering and Team Leader of the Biomaterials Lab at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Wang has published more than 60 papers, four book chapters and 12 Chinese patents. She was an invited speaker of the  European Conference on Biomaterials, Pacifichem et al. She also was awarded by the Hundred Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1999) and the Life Sciences Prize from Meiji Dairies Corporation (2008). Her research interests include tissue engineering, controlled release and fluorescent probing, and biomimetic materials and bio-interfaces.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Yinli Wang

Cosmetic Application Laboratory Manager, Shin-Etsu Silicones

Gill Westgate, PhD

Business Development Manager, Centre for Skin Sciences, University of Bradford

Gill Westgate, PhD

Gill Westgate, PhD, earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and completed her doctoral work in the regulation of hair growth and cycling at the University of Utrecht. Having spent more than 20 years in research at Unilever (1981–2002), she became the business development manager for the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford. In addition to her role at the University of Bradford, Westgate is president of the European Hair Research Society (2011–2014); was a member of the organizing committee for the 7th World Congress of Hair Research (2013, Edinburgh, UK); and is a member of the Society for Investigative Dermatolgy and British Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Westgate is a specialist in the skin sciences, and has direct experience in the technical translation of science to products within the personal care sector. As a consultant to industry, she is well-known in the field of hair biology and focuses on knowledge transfer and building relationships between industry and academia. Her research interests developed from "a lifelong love of the hair follicle," which were fostered at Unilever. She has also led numerous research programs and university collaborations, and worked with colleagues in technical marketing.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

R. Randall Wickett, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutics and Cosmetic Science, University of Cincinnati

R. Randall Wickett, PhD

Randy Wickett, PhD, is an Emeritus professor of pharmaceutics and cosmetic science in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, at the University of Cincinnati. Wickett previously worked at Procter & Gamble’s Miami Valley Laboratories, and at the S.C. Johnson Company.

Wickett is the recipient of numerous technical awards from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), including the Maison G. de Navarre Medal Award—the SCC’s highest honor for technical achievement. He was also editor of the society's journal from 1991 to 1997, chairman of the International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin from 2000–2005, and president of the SCC in 2011.

Session:

Friday, June 27

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:

Friday, June 27

Moderators

Nava Dayan, PhD

Founder and President, Dr. Nava Dayan LLC

Nava Dayan

Nava Dayan, PhD, is founder and president of a skin science and research consultancy serving the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and personal care industries. Her 24 years of experience in the greater skin care segment have yielded more than 150 publication credits in numerous industry-respected journals, four books, as well as an In-Cosmetics Gold Award for innovation and commensurate recognition for excellence from the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists and Controlled Release Society.

Dayan holds a doctorate in pharmaceutics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is the bearer of several patent applications for original work in skin actives and delivery systems. Her services focus on innovation, bridging technology to industry, identifying paths in product development, efficacy claims, safety assessment, skin absorption, increased efficacy and strategies to attenuate adverse effects. She is the editor of Apply Topically: A Practical Guide to Formulating Topical Application.

Session:

Thursday, June 26

Trefor Evans, PhD

Founder and President, TA Evans LLC

Trefor Evans

Trefor Evans, PhD, has worked in the hair care industry for more 20 years, with the majority of his time spent as a manager in the product development labs of Helene Curtis and Unilever. He also served for five years as director of measurement services at TRI-Princeton (TRI) before establishing his own consultancy, TA Evans LLC, in November 2012.

Evans holds a doctoral degree in physical-analytical chemistry and specializes in measurement science. In the personal care industry, his activities involved fundamental research, supporting product development efforts, substantiating and validating marketing claims, and a variety of other problem-solving challenges. In addition, he facilitated and taught TRI’s two annual hair training classes. Further, he teaches a series of lectures on hair science as part of the Master’s of Business and Science program in Personal Care Science at Rutgers University.

Evans holds seven patents in the area of hair care and has published numerous articles in trade magazines and the scientific literature. His work has been awarded twice by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and he is a co-author and co-editor of the book Practical Modern Hair Science, published by Allured Business Media.

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