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Ph.D. Cosmetic Active Ingredients Personal Care Expert

Technical Consultant #2289


Expertise

  • Identifying and developing innovative biologically active raw materials leading to the formulation of successful skin care and topical dermatological OTC products.
  • Development of formulations by designing the bio-active ingredient combinations.
  • Help oversee In vitro and In vivo activity testing.
  • Develop product claims and claim substantiation.
  • Work with marketing and public relations to communicate technology to the press and consumers.
  • Knowledge of labeling regulations and establishment of INCI names in botanical, fermentation and biotechnology areas.
  • Large corporate and small business background in product development and technical sales, with industry experience in personal care products, chemicals, natural materials and basic medical sciences.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Skin lightening technology, evaluate the bioactivity and the commercial relevance of the technology for the DOJ.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 2015 - Present

  • Almost 30 years of experience in the personal care industry in both raw material development and finished goods design.
  • Targeted overview of bio-actives used in the personal care industry.
  • Provide help with research and development plans for development of bio-active ingredients.
  • Develop substantiation of the biological activity of raw materials for commercial dossier development.
  • INCI naming in biotechnology, fermentation and botanicals.
  • Expert witness in technology and product labeling.
  • General research and development related to designing product profiles and bio-actives profiles, overseeing clinical testing and technical writing.

Atlantic Coast Brands, Jersey City, NJ, 2012 - 2015

Vice President of Research and Development and of Product Development

  • Responsible for new product development in skin care and hair care.
  • Oversee clinical testing of finished formula.
  • Oversee the regulatory compliance of formulas.
  • Responsible for legally compliant claims substantiation.
  • Technical presentations for internal and PR use.
  • Development of formulations by designing the bio-active ingredient combinations.
  • Launched 30 products with additional 3 hair products, and 4 skin care in development.
  • Handled communications with regulatory consultants on both domestic and international regulatory compliance
  • Developed the products for the Christie Brinkley Brand.

Independent Consultant, 2009 - 2012

  • Working with various finished goods companies and ingredient suppliers.
  • Assisting Pfizer in Medical Affairs and Atlantic Coast Media Group in research and development.
  • Consulting in new product research and development in cosmetics and personal care.
  • Consulting in medical affairs for consumer products.
  • Expert witness on cosmetic bio-active technology.
  • Responsible for legally compliant claims substantiation.

Estee Lauder Companies, Melville, NY, Executive Director, Research and Development, 2001 - 2009

  • Research and development lead, developing platform technology for skin whitening and dermatological products.
  • Oversaw formulation, testing proof of concept, interacted with brand laboratories, product development and marketing.
  • Delivered presentations to upper management. Formed and led the corporate cyclomethicone D5 replacement program.
  • Performed patent review of formulas prior to launch. Natural products team member.
  • Raw material development, sourcing and education for formulators and marketing. Identified new raw materials and technology opportunities.
  • Developed internal and external encapsulation technology. Managed staffs up to 10.
  • Processed documentation for EU shipments by educating suppliers on REACH regulations through in house seminars.
  • Collected and organized all compliance information.
  • Generated several viable replacements for cyclomethicone D5 by leading a corporate team and instituting new communication lines between departments.
  • Prevented litigation possibilities by reviewing formulas prior to release for patent infringement possibilities.
  • Identified and patented new bio-active material which became the basis of a new line for Origins.
  • Developed actives for a product to retard hair growth (patent pending) being marketed in an Aramis men's product adding a unique product category.
  • Formulated new liposomes for encapsulation of actives allowing delivery of superior product.
  • Currently marketed in new product lines for Estee Lauder and Clinique.
  • Identified new raw material and technology opportunities.
  • Identified and patented new bio-active material which became the basis of a new line for Origins.
  • Developed internal and external encapsulation technology.
  • Performed patent review of formulas prior to launch.

Bath & Body Works, Paramus, NJ, and Columbus, OH, 1999 - 2001

Director of Biological Sciences and Director, Strategic Outreach

  • Uncovered new technology and science education for marketing.
  • Performed technical writing and competitive analysis of personal care formulas.
  • Supervised formula development with outside contractors, delivered product presentations and technical writing.
  • Development of many formulations by designing bio-active ingredients.

Lipo Chemical, Paterson, NJ, 1995 - 1999

Director of Biotechnology Development and Director of Product Development

  • Identified and commercialized new and existing technology.
  • Established joint projects with new and existing clients.
  • Oversaw and coordinated joint projects;
  • Client liaison, technical sales, trade shows and industry technical presentations.
  • Generated over $1 Million in new sales, 10% increase, by identifying and commercializing new and existing technology including new encapsulation products.
  • Enabled sales and marketing to make complex technology understandable by creation of 15 new scientific and technical presentations for use internally and externally.
  • Developed and scaled up two new encapsulation technologies to broaden product line by working with Lipo Technologies (wholly owned microencapsulation company).

Collaborative Laboratories - Stony Brook Research and Development, E. Setauket, NY, 1987 - 1995

Director, Development Services

  • Developed all raw materials including bio-actives and surfactant-free dispersions for formulation.
  • Established and facilitated joint projects with new and existing clients.
  • Encapsulation technologies including liposomes and cyclodextrin encapsulation.
  • Client liaison, technical sales.
  • Presentations to potential clients; established and facilitated joint projects with new and existing clients.
  • Delivered technical presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Directly affected the growth from one to 100 employees by developing all encapsulation technology, including liposomes, surfactant-free dispersion formulations and bioactive materials.
  • Generated well over $3 million, effectively doubling sales in one year through development of proprietary liposome for Clinique.

Applied Genetics Inc., Freeport, NY, Staff Scientist, 1985 - 1987

  • Collaborated in development of rapid three-day diagnostic assay to assess tumor sensitivity to interferon.
  • DNA purification and cloning, protein purification, tissue culture, and research on interferon effects in DNA repair deficient human cells in culture.

SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1983 - 1985

  • Research on temporary drug resistance of fungi. Found that fungi can modulate the sterols in the membrane in response to sub-lethal doses of drugs.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

Activities

  • Personal Care Product Council (formerly CTFA): Member of PCPC (CTFA) International Nomenclature Committee, Chair of the Biotech subcommittee
  • National Merit Award Recipient, Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Edited a technology column for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
  • Advisor for Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine
  • Chair for Long Island Chapter of Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • National President for Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Member of National Society of Cosmetic Chemists Committee on Scientific Affairs (COSA)
  • Society of Cosmetic Chemists Chair of Committee on Scientific Affairs
  • Editor For Journal of Cosmetic Science
  • Member of Editorial Review Board For Journal of Cosmetic Science
  • Society of Cosmetic Chemists Fellow
  • Member of PCPC (CTFA) International Nomenclature Committee, Chair of the Biotech subcommittee
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Cosmetics for the SupplySide Show

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Cosmetic Executive Women
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • New York Academy of Science
  • American Botanical Council
  • Editor: technology column for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
  • Advisor for Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine,

Awards

  • National Merit Award recipient

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of numerous publications: 13 publications, including a book chapter.
  • Extensive number of presentations at technical meetings
  • Four Patents

Education

  • Ph.D. Basic Medical Sciences, New York University, New York, NY
  • M.S. Pathology, New York University, New York, NY
  • B.S. Biochemistry, New York University, New York, NY
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