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Beloved Cosmetic Industry Member Johann Wiechers Passes Away
Posted: November 7, 2011
Johann Wiechers, PhD
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In 2004, Wiechers presented his “Formulating for Efficacy” approach to cosmetic formulation and since then, had been reinforcing this concept in his writings. In 2011, he launched a software program designed to do just that—enable cosmetic chemists to formulate for efficacy, which according to his famil,y will continue as his legacy and ongoing mission.
Wiechers had many friends in the cosmetic industry, who are all shocked by his passing and will miss him greatly.
"We have all lost a great heart, a challenging colleague and an example of science and commitment,” stated close friend and colleague Luigi Rigano, of Industrial Consulting and Research.
"I can’t even put into words what a great loss this is," said Rachel Grabenhofer, editor of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, "not only to the cosmetic industry and our magazine, but to me personally. He was a good man and I considered him a friend."
She added that among other voids the industry would feel, "Events will never be the same without his probing words during Q&A sessions. He always dug to find the deepest nuggets of truth, calling to question the most underlying assumptions of scientific 'fact.' I hope the industry continues to look through his skeptical eyes, to prove to critics of the industry that the research conducted here is real science."