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Vote Now for a Lifetime of Achievement

By Tom Branna, Editorial Director | February 3, 2010

In-Cosmetics wants you to vote.

Everybody loves lists—including the organizers of In-Cosmetics, the largest cosmetic ingredient tradeshow in the world. To celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, organizers asked the industry to submit nominees for a Liifetime Achievement Award.

Well, the nominations have been counted and the shortlist for the In-Cosmetics 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award are: Dr. Alain Khaiat, Dr. Karl Lintner, Dr. Daniel Maes and Dr. Johann Wiechers. A winner will be determined via a public vote at: www.in-cosmetics.com/award

According to organizers, nominations came in from all corners of the globe but it was these four individuals who stood out and have been chosen for their outstanding professional accomplishments and dedication to the field of cosmetic science.

“The number of nominations we received for the award was astounding and it was great to see how many inspiring individuals are respected within this industry," said Richard Hesk, group exhibition director. "All of the finalists have clearly earned their place to be shortlisted and the public now have a very tough job to decide the overall winner. We’re incredibly excited about the ceremony that will take place to announce the winner, at In-Cosmetics in Paris on April 14 and we hope it will give the chosen person the recognition and thanks they deserve.“

Here's a brief look at the finalists and their areas of accomplishment:

Dr. Alain Khaiat has been involved in the field of science for over 40 years and even post-retirement he continues to contribute significantly to the cosmetic industry. Dr. Khaiat has worked for several key companies throughout his career, including Revlon, where he coordinated all technical activities outside of the USA; Yves Rocher Cosmetics, where he was responsible for a range of key product developments and Johnson & Johnson, where he headed up over 350 staff worldwide.

Dr. Khaiat has always dedicated his time to educating and emphasizing the importance of safety within the cosmetics industry and was the founding member of several ASEAN associations. He has been credited for bringing together the Asian, American and European cosmetic markets and is considered to be a key educator in the field.

Dr. Karl Lintner has over 25 years experience and has gained admiration from his colleagues and peers for his work within the skin biochemistry field. Dr. Lintner studied for a PhD in Biochemistry at Vienna University before spending 10 years researching biological peptides at the Nuclear Research Centre in Saclay, France. During this time he published over 30 papers on biochemistry and biophysics before going on to work at leading companies such as Henkel and Sederma.

Dr. Lintner has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of skin aging and has been responsible for the technical and commercial development of peptide technology, a leading solution to reducing the visible signs of aging. He has also been highly praised for his significant contribution to the training and education of others within the industry.

Dr. Daniel Maes has dedicated over 30 years of his career to the cosmetics industry and has played an integral part in the research and development of several key cosmetic innovations. Dr. Maes, who has a PhD in nuclear chemistry, started his career as a radiochemistry scientist, where he spent his time researching the penetration of chemicals into the skin. He then moved to Richardson-Vicks before taking a role as senior vice president of global research and development at Estée Lauder, where he stayed for over 20 years before setting up his own consulting company.

Dr. Maes is known for his unparalleled ability to develop cutting-edge technologies, understand consumer needs and communicate his discoveries with great passion and clarity. As well as publishing a whole host of scientific papers and more than 25 patents, he has had unrivalled success with cutting edge products such as Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair cream. Over the course of his career he has established himself as the industry authority on DNA repair, glycation, collagen synthesis and skin barrier function and has always shown great dedication to passing his knowledge on to colleagues.

Dr. Johann Wiechers has over 20 years experience in the cosmetics industry and has long been an excellent educator and spokesperson within the field. After gaining a PhD in transdermal drug delivery, Dr. Wiechers worked for Unilever Research as a dermal delivery team leader and at Uniqema as the company’s skin R&D director. In 2007 he made the move to set up his own company, JW Solutions, where he continues to work as an independent consultant to companies in the cosmetic science industry. In the same year, he was also appointed as a visiting professor at the School of Pharmacy at the University of London where he continues to teach today.

Having written over 350 papers, posters, presentations, columns and patents, Dr. Wiechers has shown great dedication to cosmetic education. He’s best known for his work on "Formulating for Efficacy," a systematic approach to formulation design that allows the cosmetic industry to make more effective cosmetic products at lower ingredients levels.

An online public vote is now open until March 31, 2010. Place your vote at www.in-cosmetics.com/award


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