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Meet Me in St. Louis: Scientific Seminar Pulls Into Union Station June 6-7

April 4, 2013

• The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) will hold its Annual Scientific Seminar on June 6-7 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Hosted by the chapters in Area II (which include the Lake Erie, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Ontario, St. Louis and Twin Cities chapters), this will be the last Scientific Seminar until at least 2017 as SCC will start to focus on hosting the 2016 IFSCC Congress.

The event’s technical program was arranged by the committee on scientific affairs, which is chaired this year by Christine Popoff, Ph.D. of Energizer Personal Care.

The seminar will begin on Thursday morning with Session A–Skin Health, Microbiology and Formulations, which will be moderated by Akshay Talati (Estée Lauder). The session will open with a keynote address lecture from Steve Schnittger (Estée Lauder) on “A Review of Preservation in Cosmetics, Skin Microflora and Objectionable Organisms.”

The St. Louis Union Station Hotel will host the SCC Annual Scientific Seminar in June.
Other featured presentations include “Formulation and Physico-Chemical Factors Determining the Performance of Skin Cleansing Soaps Containing Germ Protection,” Prem Chandar, Ph.D. (Unilever Research); “Use of Neutral Polysaccharides to Control Bacterial Biofilms on the Skin,” Amy Vanden Heuvel (Kimberly Clark); “Influencing Factors in the Use of Alternative Preservatives,” Sonja Luethje, Ph.D. (schülke); and “The Impact of Formulation on Microbial Efficacy of Active Ingredients in Hand Hygiene Products,” Christopher Heisig, Ph.D. (Steris Corp.).

Session B—Products for the Aging Population, on Thursday afternoon, will be moderated by Thomas Polefka (Life Science Solutions). This session will include presentations from Fred Zulli, Ph.D. (Mibelle Group), “Diabetic Skin: Models and Clinical Studies to Develop Actives to Treat Glycated Skin;” Amy Ziegler (Mintel International), “Tapping into the Mind of the Anti-Aging Consumer;” Yin Hessefort (Lubrizol), “Improved Integrity from Hair Within;” and Yunsub Lee, Ph.D. (Miwon Commercial Co., Ltd.) “Use of Tripeptide for the Prevention and Repair of Skin Aging.”

On Friday morning, Dr. Howard Epstein (EMD Chemicals) will moderate Session C–Products for Ethnic and Emerging Markets, with Zoe Diana Draelos, MD (Duke University) presenting the keynote address. Dr. Draelos will present “Understanding Personal Care Needs in Ethnic and Emerging Markets.” Other featured papers include Dr. Mike Farwick (Evonik Industries AG), “Tetrapeptide PKEK: Cosmetic Lightening Activity in Different Skin Types and Optimization of Skin Penetration;” Phillip Ludwig (Lonza), “Using Whole Plants and Plant Tissue Culture in a Two-Pronged Approach to Increase Skin Luminosity and Lighten the Skin;” and Andrea Keenan (Dow Chemical), “Personal Care Polymers for Thermal Protection.”

Michael Fevola, Ph.D. (Johnson & Johnson) will moderate the final session, Session D—Consumer Preferences and Sensory Drivers. Featured presentations will include “Product Development for Personal Care in Latin America,” Lisa Gandolfi, Ph.D. (Clariant Corp.); “Development of a Sensory Lexicon and Procedure for a Complex Cosmetic Product: Nail Polish,” Kardi Koppel, Ph.D. (Sensory Analysis Center); “Analysis of Sensorial Preferences in Skin Care Across South America and Asia,” Paula Lennon, Ph.D. (Gattefosse) and “Stick It to the Stick: Insights and Advances in Lip Balm Structure and Testing Methodologies,” Gary Agism (Pfizer Consumer Healthcare).

The committee on scientific affairs has also arranged four mini-breakfast seminars, two on Thursday and two on Friday morning from 7:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The informal nature of these mini-breakfasts allows the opportunity for give and take, questions and answers. Each is limited to 30 participants.
Scheduled topics include “The Effects of Skin Biochemistry on the Biophysical Properties of Skin” presented by Randy Wickett, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati), and “An Introduction to Experimental Design for Cosmetic Chemists” instructed by Joe Albanese (3V, Inc.) on Thursday morning, and “Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists” presented by Tony O’Lenick (Siltech LLC) and “Field Guide for the Entrepreneur: Unconventional Advice for an Unconventional Career Move” presented by Kevin Tibbs (Better Life) on Friday morning.

The SCC’s continuing education program will offer “Biochemistry of the Skin” instructed by Randy Wickett, Ph.D. and “Advanced Emulsions” instructed by Dr. Robert Lochhead on Wednesday, June 5.
Space is limited and there are separate registration fees for the mini-breakfasts and the education courses.

The Annual Scientific Seminar will also feature the student poster exhibit, and D-D ChemCo will sponsor the awards for best student posters (first place, $800; second place, $600; third place, $400; and fourth place, $200).

Posters will be judged by COSA members. The poster awards will be presented at the Friday Business Luncheon, which is scheduled for June 7.

The suppliers’ cocktail reception will be held on Thursday evening, June 6, at the Grand Hall in the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

Registration fees are $650 for members registering prior to and including May 3 and $700 after that date. Fees for non-members are $770, prior to and including May 3 and $820 for those registering after that date. One-Day registration will be $550 (Thursday) and $450 (Friday) for members, $670 (Thursday) and $570 (Friday) for non-members prior to and including May 3. After May 3, the fees will be $600 (Thursday) and $500 (Friday) for members and $720 (Thursday) and $620 (Friday) for non-members. (There will be no split registration fees for the Annual Seminar).

Sponsorship opportunities exist. The levels are: Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,500), Silver ($1,000) and Bronze ($500). If your company is interested in being a sponsor of this event, please contact the SCC National Office.

Current sponsors include AAK (Platinum), Kao Americas (Gold Americas) and Calumet Specialty Products (Silver). Essential Ingredients, Inolex, Laurichem, Peter Cremer North America LP, Siltech LLC and Walsh & Associates, Inc. are bronze level sponsors.

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