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January 5, 2010

NYSCC’s Technology Transfer Conference is Oct. 20

The New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) will hold its first Technology Transfer Conference at the Woodbridge Hilton on Oct. 20, 2010. Steve Herman and Art Georgalas are co-chairs of the event. The conference will feature selected speakers on the technology transfer process and a poster session. University students and faculty as well as other researchers will present posters on five broad topics related to personal care. Poster proposals will be judged by an industry advisory panel, which will select the top 10 in each topic for inclusion in the conference.

The conference will feature speakers who can provide a fundamental overview of how the technology transfer process is currently working. Invited speakers include: Government-USDA: Vic Chavez, Technology Transfer Coordinator, North Atlantic Area will provide insights into the role of government agencies in the technology transfer process; Industry: JW Solutions with Dr. Johann Wiechers, an industry perspective; Academia: Wes Blakeslee, executive director of the Office of Technology Transfer, Johns Hopkins University; and Legal Aspects: Brian Kacedon, partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. As a special attraction, the keynote speaker will be famed astrophysicist, author and media celebrity Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson of the Hayden Planetarium.

Poster topics will include Green Chemistry: technology that reduces the impact of personal care products on the environment; Botanicals/Food and Agricultural Products: technology that brings new plant sources to personal care as active ingredients or excipients; Optics and Colloid and Surface Chemistry: technologies from these physical sciences impact cosmetic technology by allowing manipulation of surface appearance and formulation of innovative products; Nutraceuticals: technologies and ingredients that cross over from the nutritional supplement arena to provide skin health benefits; and Fermentation and Genetic Engineering: biochemical technologies that impact the way we deliver and substantiate anti-aging benefits to the skin.

A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the best poster judged by the NYSCC advisory board. Other cash prizes will be awarded to posters judged to be the best in the aforementioned categories.

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Creative Thinking and Innovation Course is Jan. 27

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ course on“Creative Thinking & Innovation” will be held Jan. 27 at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, NJ.

This unique course will cover creative thinking and innovation definitions and the keys to expanding creativity; “management” of the creative process—ways to foster or kill innovation; creative thinking techniques and exercises; and the sorting process—techniques to identify the “best” product idea.

The course instructor is John P. McCook, president of Cytotech Labs, a privately managed and funded pharmaceutical company engaged in discovery and development of new small molecules and related drug and device products for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. McCook is also the chief executive officer and founder of Discovery Partners, LLC, a product development, licensing and consulting company for the personal care industry. Discovery Partners focuses on the development and licensing of new active molecules and delivery systems for dermatology.

The course is $300 for SCC members who register before Jan. 14 and $350 after that date. Non-member fees are $425 or $475 after Jan. 14. SCC student member rates are $150 or $175.

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Silicone Chemistry Course Is Scheduled for Feb. 4

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists will host a course on silicone chemistry at the Sheraton Newark Airport hotel in Newark, NJ on Feb. 4. This course is intended to review silicone chemistry in a relevant manner, providing an understanding of the richness of the chemistry and its use in personal care formulations. Structure/function relationships will be discussed for products presented.

The course instructor is Tony O’Lenick, president of Siltech Inc., a Dacula, GA-based silicone and surfactant specialty company. O’Lenick, who has also worked for Alkaril Chemicals Inc., Henkel Corp. and Mona Industries, has been involved in the personal care market for more than 25 years.

The course is $300 for SCC members who register before Jan. 14 and $350 after that date. Non-member fees are $425 or $475 after Jan. 14. SCC student member rates are $150 or $175.

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