Technology Transfer

Exploring Solutions Through Asymmetrical Thinking

Nov 26, 2014

Cosmetics have inspired innovations in hair care, and this market is looking to more categories for new ideas. In relation, national security expert Jeffrey Baxter believes the ability to improvise in your thinking is essential to finding answers—a topic he will address during the C&T Summit in June 2015.

Exploring Parallels Between String Theory and Cosmetic Science

Nov 20, 2014Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

Professor Brian Greene, world-renown physicist and string theorist at Columbia University, admits there’s no concrete connection between string theory and cosmetic science, and that we shouldn’t try to make one. However, the following discussion aims to exercise readers’ minds in hopes of revealing parallels between the two.

Environmentally Benign Antimicrobials with Improved Efficacy

Oct 29, 2014

Lignin and cellulose-based nanoparticles are environmentally benign and can deliver higher efficiency, in terms of active agent employed. The application of these nanoparticles for preservation and a novel approach to fabricate them will be the focus of the presentation by Alexander Richter at the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit in June 2015.

Translating Sensation to (and from) Personal Care

Oct 15, 2014

Converging multiple sensory experiences in one personal care product can differentiate it from others on the shelf. Translating sensations to (and from) personal care will therefore be addressed by sensory expert John Hayes, PhD, at the June 22 and 23, 2015, Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit in Philadelphia.

Nano 'Vaults' Hold Potential for Delivery

Aug 14, 2014

A recent report by The Scientist describes how nano-sized "vaults" are making their way into biomedicine, which calls to mind questions of their potential for personal care applications.

MIT Researchers Develop 'Feature Tuning' Algorithm

Apr 25, 2014

Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm for the “feature tuning” of digital images, specifically faces, for improved memorability and other qualities. While the technology is implicated for effects in social media, it also suggests new considerations for digital imaging in cosmetic product development.

Microbe Interactions and Skin at C&T Summit

Mar 18, 2014

The skin harbors populations of non-pathogenic, commensal microorganisms, which have important functions in skin health and disease. Elucidating these relationships will provide a foundation for approaches to strengthen and enhance the skin barrier in health and disease.

New Advances for Transdermal Delivery at C&T Summit

Mar 5, 2014

New technologies have been designed to carry drugs and natural molecules in a targeted manner across the skin into the dermis, and Joseph Gabriele, PhD, of McMaster University and Delivra Inc., has been at the forefront of this research. He will present his work at the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Wild Plum, Nano Self-assembly Delivery, Rice Leaf Self-cleansing and More

Aug 1, 2013Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

Following is a sampling of recent scientific literature as assembled by Rachel Grabenhofer, editor of Cosmetics & Toiletries, which was found to have potential impact on personal care.

Cosmogizmoceuticals: The Physics and Chemistry of Looking Better

Dec 1, 2012R. Rox Anderson, MD, Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center for Photomedicine , Massachusetts General Hospital

This article presents skin optics and strategies to design cosmetics that more closely match normal human skin. Topics covered include the spectral reflectance of hemoglobin chromophores, spatial variations and color texture, and optical scattering and translucence. In addition, interference coatings are considered, as are examples of the interplay between home-use devices and agents that affect aging skin.

Nanocrystal Liquid Identification

Oct 1, 2011Katie Anderson (Schaefer), Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

Watermark Ink (W-Ink) utilizes chemical and optical properties of nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids based on surface tension. The nanostructured material is called an inverse opal, which is a layered glass structure with an internal network of ordered, interconnected air pores.

PFC for Oxygen Delivery to Skin

Dec 1, 2009Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

Research on perfluorocarbons (PFCs) began before World War II but it was the 1942 Manhattan Project in the United States to develop the atomic bomb that led to methods of producing PFCs other than reacting fluorine with hydrocarbon. As a result, PFCs have been adapted for a number of industries including traumatic brain injury, sickle cell crisis pain, trauma, wound care, decompression sickness, acute respiratory distress syndrome, stroke, myocardial infarction, surgery, diabetes and cosmetics.

Tooth Whitening Without Sensitization

Nov 1, 2009Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

Teeth whiteners are available as OTC strips and gels, but consumers seeking more immediate and dramatic effects often visit the dentist for an in-office procedure or take-home solution. In any case, many of these treatments increase tooth sensitivity and damage the gums, according to Raymond Frye, DMD, a cosmetic dentist and owner of Bling Dental. Therefore, he developed a whitening solution based on a combination of carbamide peroxide with a desensitizer.

Improving Skin with Cosmetic Acupuncture

Oct 1, 2009Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

Cosmetic acupuncture is said to address skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, dryness, sagging and wrinkles. However, only in recent years has the practice become popular worldwide.

Fighting Cellulite with Cosmetotextiles

Sep 1, 2009Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

Mirroring cosmetic chemists’ work, the garment industry has approached the same battle with textiles that constrict “troubled areas,” such as the buttocks and thighs, to make them appear smaller. Only recently, however, did the cosmetics and garment industries join forces to target cellulite on both fronts—enter Lytess, a France-based shape-wear company.

Nature's Answer to Insect Repellent

Jun 1, 2009Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

Researchers have sourced fragrance ingredients that could provide a natural alternative to N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), one of the most frequently used actives in insect repellents.

Psychodermatology: Believing is Seeing

Apr 1, 2009Alex Voigt, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, with Linda Papadopoulos, PhD, and Bruce Green

Psychodermatology is the study of how the mind and body interact in relation to the onset and progression of various skin disorders. It also examines psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)—the way one’s mental state affects the immune system and hormones, in turn affecting the skin.

Engineering Super Ingredients

Feb 1, 2009Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries, with Cathie Martin, PhD

Although some debate exists regarding the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMO), there is no doubt that genetic modification has allowed a number of industries to design crops and other resources with new features or added benefits.

Fishing for Answers to Alopecia

Jan 1, 2009

Men seeking treatment for pattern baldness, a form of androgenic alopecia, often are confronted with both topical preparations and oral supplements. Murphy believes his company’s oral food supplement addresses hair loss both naturally and effectively-via fish.

Heating Up the Preservative Debate

Oct 1, 2008Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine

A possible solution to the preservative-free cosmetic formulation conundrum may lie in the milk pasteurization process. Ultra-high-temperature (UHT) sterilization is the process of heating milk or cream to temperatures exceeding 275°F.

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