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MWSCC Discusses Private Label Growth and Awards Excellence
By: Katie Anderson
Posted: December 18, 2012
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Success in the private label industry requires a number of elements, including: innovation speed, superior product aesthetics, meeting efficacy goals, safety for consumers, the right cost, long-term stability and regulatory compliance. He described formulating for private label products as a "combination of art and chemistry." Puvvada maintained that the private label formulator must focus on what is important to the consumer and put major emphasis on aesthetics. The private label formulator must deliver on a tighter timeline than branded products, but according to Puvvada, "We are not better than the brand, we are faster than the brand."
The night was an important one for Eugene "Gene" Frank, PhD. As the scholarship chair for the chapter, he had the pleasure of awarding six 2012 Cosmetic Science Scholarships to: Elham Tavasoli (Iowa), Xin Yan (Purdue), Mai Thao (University of Illinois), Benjamin Lins (Purdue), Anna Zborek (Loyola) and Mi Yun (Perdue).
Each year, the MWSCC offers multiple US $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students exhibiting excellence in either coursework or research in the fields of chemistry, biology, cosmetic or allied sciences. Special consideration will be given to students actively pursuing careers in cosmetic science.
But the night was especially important for Frank as the recipient of the 2012 Stanley Allured Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently senior vice president of sales and marketing for Raani Corp., has been in the personal care industry for more than 40 years. After earning both a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Illinois, he began his cosmetics career at Kolar Laboratories. At the same time (1972) he joined the MWSCC. He moved to the public sector of product development in 1978 with Jovan, later Beecham Cosmetics, where he worked until 1989 as director of R&D. Frank joined Raani Corp. in 1989 in a technical capacity but has adapted to serve a sales and marketing role. He is an active member of the MWSCC, where he serves as chair of the scholarship program.
The Stanley Allured Lifetime Service Award, named after founder of Allured Business Media Stanley Allured, was begun in 2010 to recognize a member of the MWSCC for a lifetime of distinguished contributions, achievements and service to the chapter. The award is bestowed by the MWSCC upon the recommendation of the Chapter Lifetime Service Award Committee.
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