72nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase

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Jasmina Aganovic
Mother Dirt

Jasmina Aganovic is the President of Mother Dirt, the first line of biome-friendly personal care products focused on restoring and maintaining the delicate balance of the skin biome. She works alongside researchers focused on transforming human health through products that restore Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB). A Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate from MIT, Jasmina is leading the conversation about microbiome innovations and is challenging consumers to reimagine what it means to be ‘clean’. Prior to launching Mother Dirt, Jasmina held product development and leadership roles at LVMH, Fresh and Living Proof. Early in her career, she built skin care company Bona Clara, marketing products without sodium lauryl sulfate, petroleum based ingredients, parabens or other potentially toxic chemicals.

Apart from leading effective teams towards the company mission and objectives, Jasmina also has a proven track record in manufacturing partnerships, sales training, product development and launch strategy.
Cindy Angerhofer Ph.D.
Executive Director of Botanical Research

Dr. Angerhofer joined Aveda in 2003, and currently serves as Executive Director of Botanical Research. Cindy and her team explore the chemistry and biology of botanical ingredients in an effort to create high performance, plant-based personal care products, with emphasis on phytochemical analysis, bioassay, and sustainable sourcing. She is responsible for anticipating and responding to product development needs for biologically active ingredients and for representing the Aveda brand. Cindy has helped establish a research program that explores the science of medicinal herbs, essential oils, and the quality of botanical extracts.

She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College and subsequently pursued a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Minnesota. As a post-doc and Assistant Professor, she taught medicinal and biological chemistry of natural substances for graduate and professional students at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. While at UIC, she established a bioassay screening program for antimalarial natural products and received funding from NIH (NIAID) and WHO in support of this work which led to the identification of many antimalarial lead compounds. She directed Research and Product Development for Tom’s of Maine, Inc. for five years leading to the development of topical cosmetic and OTC products in addition to a novel line of herbal dietary supplements. She has consulted for non-profit and for-profit organizations in the natural products industry. Cindy has designed and delivered introductory, science-based curricula on medicinal herbs for pharmacists and other health care professionals as well as seminars for consumer and trade audiences. She currently serves as past-President of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and on the Advisory Board for the American Botanical Council. She frequently reviews manuscripts for several scientific journals in natural products and has authored more than 45 peer-reviewed publications.
Michael Anthonavage
Director of Advanced Clinical Services
Clinical Research Laboratories, LLC

Michael Anthonavage has 20+ years of experience in personal care product development and a career spanning background in skin biology. Michael has extensive knowledge in product development in the area of personal care product design and specializes in R&D to marketing translation. He is an engaging public speaker and product technology advocate with an ability to marry complex ideas and concepts to various consumer needs. Michael is currently the Director of Advanced Clinical Services at CRL as well as an educator in the area of herbal studies, instructing students in the fields of plant chemistry and their impact on human physiology. Michael’s previous positions involved R&D leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Presperse and Vantage Specialty Chemicals. Michael is currently on the NYC SCC Scientific Advisory Board and has won a variety of awards for his ideas in research and product development. He has a number publications and patents to his name and continues to be an influential speaker in the personal care, bioinstrumentation and skin testing arena.
Alejandra Camacho Ph.D.
Business Development Manager — Crodarom
Croda Inc

Dr. Alejandra Camacho is a Business development manager for Croda Inc. She supports the North America team in identifying new business opportunities for the ample portfolio of botanical extracts and natural oils under the Crodarom brand.

Before joining the commercial team, Alejandra worked in the claims substantiation laboratory deploying statistical analysis tools and overseeing the standardization of testing protocols across all claims laboratories.

Prior to joining Croda, Alejandra was part of L’Oreal’s advanced research team where she developed in-situ microscopy experiments to advance the understanding of skin, hair and their interaction with some active ingredients.

Previous to the personal care industry, Alejandra worked on applying electron microscopy to many different fields including microelectronic packaging, catalysis and archaeological pigments.

Alejandra holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and holds multiple patents in personal care and microelectronics.

Dr. Camacho is an enthusiast bike rider, cook and student of yoga, Ayurveda and human and computer languages.
Laurence Dryer Ph.D.
Vice-President of R&D
Obagi Cosmeceuticals, LLC

Dr. Laurence Dryer has most recently been serving as Vice-President of R&D at Obagi Cosmeceuticals, LLC. In this role, she leads the Product Development, Scientific Affairs & Clinical Ops, Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance and Quality global groups and drives portfolio growth and high revenue-driving scientific initiatives. She was previously VP of R&D at The Honest Company. She was also Director of Portfolio Development at Obagi Valeant Pharmaceuticals, where she led Formulation, Clinical testing and Scientific Affairs for all of Valeant’s OTC/Consumer brands. Prior to Valeant, Laurence was Associate Director of R&D at Obagi Medical Products. Before her tenure at Obagi, she was Principal Scientist in Scientific Affairs at Neutrogena, where she planned Clinical testing, claims development and support for the skincare category. Past experiences also include Head of R&D at BASF Beauty Care Solutions (now Beauty Creations), Manager New Technologies and Clinical Research Scientist at Avon Products, Inc., and Faculty at the University of Houston. Laurence holds an MS from Paris University 7, a PhD in Neuroscience from Florida State University, and received her postdoctoral education at Harvard Medical School from Nobel Laureate Linda Buck.
Trefor Evans Ph.D.
Director of Research and Institute Fellow

Dr. Trefor Evans has worked in the hair care industry for over 25 years. The first 16 of these were spent as a scientist and manager in the product development labs of large consumer good companies (Helene Curtis and Unilever). He then served for five years as Director of Measurement Services at TRI-Princeton (TRI), where he now holds the titles Director of Research and Institute Fellow.

Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Physical-Analytical Chemistry and has spent his career using measurement science to support the development, launch and maintenance of many international cosmetic brands and products. These activities include fundamental research, supporting product development efforts, substantiating and validating marketing claims, and a variety of miscellaneous problem-solving. His research work has been awarded by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists on three separate occasions.

Dr. Evans is highly active in the hair care industry through many working relationships with companies of all shape and size. He is a regular presenter at International Hair Conferences and has been an invited speaker at many technical meetings and symposia. He was chairman of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 International Conferences on Applied Hair Science.

Dr. Evans has published numerous articles in trade magazines and the scientific literature and is co-author and co-editor of the book “Practical Modern Hair Science”. He writes a regular column on Hair and Hair Testing for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine – and sits on this publication’s advisory board. He is also Technical Editor (Hair) for the Journal of Cosmetic Science.

He guest lectures on the subject of Hair and Hair Science at a variety of academic cosmetic programs and has instructed at events organized by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. For the past 10 years, Dr. Evans has facilitated and taught TRI’s annual training classes on Hair Science and Product Claims which have been held in the US and Europe.
Li Feng Ph.D.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Years of doctoral and industry research on chemical sciences give Li Feng, Ph.D., a practical understanding of the innovation process, which she applies across the broad range of technologies she works with, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, chemical, agriculture, nanotechnology, cosmetic, and metallurgy.

Li practices patent litigation before U.S. district courts, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), patent prosecution, opinions and counseling, and due diligence. Her technical experience spans a broad range of technologies, including pharmaceutical, biologics, biotechnology, medical device, chemical, agriculture, nanotechnology, cosmetic, and metallurgy.

Li has represented a number of pharmaceutical companies in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) pre-litigation and litigation. She manages a large pharmaceutical patent portfolio covering multiple clinical drug candidates and has successfully represented companies in PTAB proceedings in the areas of biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology and electronics. Li also frequently speaks on intellectual property topics.

Prior to practicing law, Li was engaged in extensive academic and industry research, through which she gained broad knowledge and hands-on experience in a wide range of fields, including drug discovery, pharmaceutical analysis and formulation, antibodies, assay development, medicinal chemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology, and computer-based molecular modeling.

Li was has been an Extern to Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant at the Utah Supreme Court, 2008 and a Fellow of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2015.
Dr. Jason Harcup
Global Vice President of Beauty & Personal Care Research; and Prestige Division R&D

Dr. Jason Harcup
is Global Vice President for Beauty & Personal Care Research, responsible for Unilever’s worldwide research program across its Euro 20 Billion Personal Care businesses in Skin Care and Cleansing, Hair and Scalp, Deodorants, Oral Care. He is also Global Vice President for the Prestige Division (Dermalogica, Kate Somerville, Murad, Hourglass, Ren Skincare & Living Proof). He has ultimate responsibility for several hundred mostly PhD level scientists located in 5 laboratories across the USA, Europe, India and China. He is located in Unilever’s UK research hub. In 19 years with Unilever, he has been Site Leader for the brand new Euro 60million Shanghai R&D Facility and headed Unilever’s Research organization in China, growing the facility capability together with a two dozen strong network of Chinese Academic Institutes, as well as responsibility for a state of the art Skin Clinical Testing Facility which has now processed 700 000 subjects.

Prior to his time in China, he was Head of Research in the United States at Unilever’s Connecticut facility responsible for Skin Research. The teams he has led around the world have delivered a string of technologies totaling several hundred million Euros of turnover in global brands including enamel regeneration in Oral Care (Regenerate), salivary enzyme and protein boosting in Zendium, gender-tuned Anti-dandruff brand Clear, and Dove Nutrium Moisture, the stratum-corneum lipid replenishing Number 1 Dermatologist recommended Bodywash in North America. He personally holds several patents. He has been on the Faculty of Health and Beauty America, a Beauty Disruptor with the CEW network, a member of the Board of Judges for the RSC Emerging Technologies Initiative and a co-convenor of the Unilever Asian Dermatological Forum. He was made a Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology in 2016, having also been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015.

Prior to Unilever Jason graduated from Cambridge University, has worked as a scientist for the UK Ministry of Defence, and has been an adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with graduate education responsibility, as well as carrying out research for numerous US government and commercial bodies. He is author of various publications and has given several invited talks.
Shuting Hu Ph.D.
Executive Director, Co-Founder

Dr. Shuting Hu obtained her Ph.D. degree from School of Biological Science, The University of Hong Kong in 2014. She also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hong Kong in 2015. Dr. Shuting Hu has extensive experiences in the study of the beneficial effects of natural products on the skin using cell culture and artificial skin model. She was awarded the prestigious 2013 Henry Maso Young Cosmetic Scientist Award for her research of “Activity and mechanism of natural resorcinol type phenolics from the twigs of Cudrania tricuspidata as skin whitening agents” by The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). She is the first scientist in Great China Region to receive such an award from IFSCC since 1956. She has been selected as the scientific chair of HongKong Society of Cosmetic Chemist since 2017.

She is also one of 13 women entrpreneurs accepted into the 2018 Sephora Accelerate program, which offers a comprehensive eco-system of support to help them achieve their beauty business objectives.
Sarah Jindal
Senior Innovation and Insights Analyst – Beauty & Personal Care

Sarah Jindal is Mintel’s Senior Innovation and Insights Analyst and has over 16 years of experience developing ingredient technologies for beauty and personal care companies. Having worked for a variety of companies over her career, Sarah has gained an in-depth understanding of the industry and draws upon not only her work experience but also degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Evolutionary Biology.
Michael McAlpine Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

Dr. McAlpine is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (2015-Present). Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (2008-2015). He received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brown University (2000), and an M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) in Chemistry from Harvard University. His current research is focused on 3D printing functional materials & devices. He has received a number of awards, including the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), National Academy of Science (NAS) Kavli Frontiers Fellow, Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award, SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Graduate Mentoring Award in Engineering, DARPA Young Faculty Award, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) - Frontiers of Engineering, Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Under 35, DuPont Young Investigator Award, American Asthma Foundation Early Excellence Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, and the Intelligence Community (IC) Young Investigator Award.
Michael Nolte
Creative Director

Michael Nolte is the Creative Director of BEAUTYSTREAMS, the Global Beauty Industry Reference. BEAUTYSTREAMS is the indispensable source of information for brands on six continents, providing color forecasts, consumer insights, and trend analyses. In his role, Michael oversees a team of over 200 international experts. He lectures worldwide and is frequently quoted in leading international trade and consumer publications.
Xavier Ormancey
Chief Scientific Officer

Xavier Ormancey is the Chief Scientific Officer of Counter Brands. He is in charge of the overall management of Research and Innovation, Formulation, Product Development, Product Testing and also Environment, Health & Safety.

Prior to joining Beautycounter, Xavier has 30 years of experience in the Beauty industry working for companies like L’Oréal (perfumer), CHANEL (Head of Research Center) and Yves Rocher (Head of R&D).

He graduated from the University of Montpellier (France) – Master of Science and from CHEEDD (Paris) – Master of Sustainable Development.

He has traveled the world learning traditional systems of medicine (Ayurveda, TCM, Tibetan, Amazonian…) and implemented sustainable sourcing programs.

In his role as Chief Scientific Officer of Counter Brands, Xavier provides the overall leadership to the product development functions from beauty research, ingredient screening, formula innovation to final safety and performance testing. He also ensures the compliance of product formulas with strict company policy and sustainability.

In order to provide more innovations, he is in charge of creating scientific concepts and formula story-telling. He is in charge of implementing an in-house formulation laboratory and an innovation organization in coordination with suppliers, bringing exclusive technologies and ingredients to the brand.
Ilya Raskin Ph.D.
Rutgers University

Dr. Ilya Raskin has over 25 years of experience in academic research in plant biology, phytochemistry and pharmacology and 5 years of experience in industrial research in plant biotechnology at DuPont Co. Dr. Raskin received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1984 and joined the faculty of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1989 where he currently works as a Distinguished Professor and President of the Global Institute for Bio-Exploration (GIBEX). Dr. Raskin is also a member of the NIH Center for Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome and a founder of three biotechnology companies spun-off from Rutgers University.

Dr. Raskin earned an international reputation through his work on plant growth regulation, plant immunity to diseases, phytoremediation, and, in the last two decades, for his research in plant-derived functional foods, medicines and cosmetics. He is also actively involved in international bioexploration and conservation, leading programs in Africa, South America and Central Asia.

Dr. Raskin’s research is featured in over 200 scientific publications and in numerous popular press articles. He has been listed as one of 108 most cited researchers in Plant and Animal Science. His most cited scientific publications include four cover articles in Science and Nature. Dr. Raskin was awarded 22 patents covering the discoveries made in his laboratory.

Dr. Raskin has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Albert Shull Award for outstanding contributions to plant biology and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for revolutionary product innovation and scientific breakthrough. Dr. Raskin was named the Century Innovator in Botany by the U.S. News & World Report.
Jeremy Riggle Ph.D.
Chief Operating Scientist
Mary's Medicinals

Dr. Jeremy Riggle received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, after being awarded a M.S. in Environmental Chemistry also from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. He then worked in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV, where he focused on the characterization and source apportionment of carbonaceous particulate matter.

Following his time at DRI, he worked in the Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship laboratory at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, a toxicology lab where he concentrated on the environmental fate of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons. More recently, Dr. Riggle was an associate professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at his alma mater, Eastern Oregon University.

Shortly after arriving at EOU, Dr. Riggle co-founded EOA, a cannabis research and quality control laboratory and, prior to joining Mary’s, spent the past several years focusing on the analytics of cannabis, its associated compounds and various cannabinoid formulations.
Steven Schnittger
Vice President – Global Microbiology and Fermentation- R&D
The Estée Lauder Companies

Dr. Schnittger is presently the Vice President – Global Microbiology and Fermentation- R&D for the Estee Lauder Companies. He has been with Estee for over 30 years all within the areas of Microbiology and Bio-Fermentation Lab.

Primary responsibilities are in the area of cosmetic preservation and advising the chemist on new formulations. Other responsibilities include developing active ingredients through fermentation, advising manufacturing on cleaning and sanitization procedures and assisting quality assurance and manufacturing when problems arise.

Before coming to Estee Lauder, Steve worked for Ralston Purina Company and attended school at the University of Tulsa majoring in microbiology.

He is past - chairman of the CTFA Microbiology Committee, active member of the U.S. TAG / ISO committee for Cosmetic Microbiology, member of the American Society of Microbiology, Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Institute of Food Technology.

Holds numerous patents in the area of cosmetic science and fermentation.
Pascal Yvon PharmD, MBA
Founder & President - Consultant
BioSciences Expansion, LLC

Dr. Yvon has over 25 years of global experience in the life sciences industries, including the cosmetic, biotech, pharmaceutical, nutrition and diagnostics sectors. He has worked for global corporations as well as start-ups in sales, marketing, project management, business development and general management positions.

Having spent the first half of his career based in France and the second half in the USA, Dr. Yvon developed his expertise with a multi-cultural sensitivity and international approach. He founded BioSciences Expansion, LLC in 2009, providing comprehensive consulting services, from strategic to operational, to life sciences companies. He has authored a number of trade journal articles, including regulatory columns about cosmetics, and regularly speaks at leading industry events and conferences.

Dr. Yvon holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the Pharmacy University, Paris, and an executive MBA from Rutgers university, NJ. He is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, NY Chapter.

Contact: Pascal@BioSciencesExpansion.com