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SCC Annual Meeting Focus: The Means to an End
By: Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
Posted: December 22, 2009
From left: Randy Wickett, PhD, 2009 vice president-elect of the SCC; Gary Agisim, 2009 president of the SCC; Jim Akerson, Merit Award winner; and Robert Lochhead, PhD, 2009 SCC vice president.
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After a full morning of sessions, attendees visited the technology showcase then headed to the luncheon where James Akerson was presented by Agisim with the society’s Merit Award for 50 years of outstanding services and leadership in the society, including serving as the 47th president, serving as a member of the committee on scientific affairs, and indexing the Journal of Cosmetic Science.
In addition, Agisim presented the new 2010 SCC Board, including: Lochhead (president); Wickett (vice president); Joseph Dallal (ISP, vice president-elect); Chris Heisig, PhD (STERIS Corp., treasurer); Dawn Burke-Colvin (Mary Kay Inc., secretary); Suellen Bennett (Croda Inc., director, Area I); Peter Tsolis (The Estée Lauder Companies, director, Area I); Dawn Thiel Glaser (Glenn Corp., director, Area II); Kevin Tibbs (Better Life, director, Area II); Jacklin Vetkoetter (LF Beauty USA, director, Area III); Debbie Pierce (Cosmedx Science, director, Area III); Angela Eppler, PhD (Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, director, Area IV); and Samuel Cooper (Clariant Corp. director, Area IV). Wrapping up the luncheon was the presentation of the SCC’s Certificate of Appreciation to Gary Agisim for his effective leadership, cousel and unselfish service as the 63rd president.
The joy of learning didn’t stop there; attendees returned to the conference rooms for the final session on hair color. Jim Vlasic of Greenway Research Lab moderated the session, which opened with a presentation by Timothy Gao of Croda Inc. on enhancing dye penetration and color development in liquid oxidative hair dye formulations using oleth-5 phosphate and dioleyl phosphate. Attendees asked several questions during the Q&A session regarding the material’s mechanism of action, the measuring techniques used and comparisons with other systems.
Following Gao, Donald C. Havery of the US Food and Drug Administration discussed color additives to clarify: which ones are permitted, commonly asked questions, and confusion regarding batch testing. He explained to attendees that some colorants are not approved for use in cosmetics simply because no one has submitted a request for this application. He also clarified the difference between terminology, such as FD&C Blue 1 vs. Blue 1, indicating that they are the same—one being simply a space saver on the label. Finally, he discussed the rules relating to additives, which relate to their intent in a product. The hair color session wrapped up with topics including the visualization of hair combing friction utilizing thermal imaging (Renee Bolder, PhD, The Procter & Gamble Co.), and a study on the influence of surfactants on hair color fading (Joh Kiplinger, Rhodia).
After all was said and done, hundreds of attendees received high throughput exposure to decades of information, if not more, in just two days; an impressive means to the end of educating and making connections within the industry.