Advisory Board

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Eric Abrutyn
Owner, TPC2 Advisors Ltd., Inc., USA

Eric Abrutyn is a graduate of New York University-New Paltz with a Masters in chemistry and of C.W. Post College/Long Island University with a BS in chemistry. He has over 35 years of experience in the personal care industry and is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Abrutyn also is chairman of the Personal Care Products Council (formerly CTFA) International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) Committee.

Abrutyn recently retired from Kao Brands Company as a senior principal scientist. He has contributed broadly in the fields of hair care research, skin care product development and underarm product development. He also had experience at Dow Corning as senior technical service scientist in the field of silicone chemistry and Wickhen Products as director of R&D in the field of antiperspirants, esterification, spray drying and free-radical polymerization. He has also worked for Amerchol as a synthesis chemist in the field of glucoside chemistry. Abrutyn holds more than 15 patents, is contributing editor to four books, is the author of many technical articles and has given numerous presentations in the field of antiperspirants, polymerization, controlled release and silicone applications.

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Jean-Christophe Choulot, Ph.D.
R&D Director, Caudalíe

Jean-Christophe Choulot, Ph.D., is currently the director of R&D for Caudalíe. He most recently served as R&D Manager at Ales Groupe from 2005 to 2018, and collaborated with Laboratoires Expanscience from 1998-2005 as cosmetic development manager. Additionally, he worked with Alban Muller in 1996, and Pierre Fabre in France and the United States prior to that.

Choulot is trained as a pharmacist, having received his doctorate degree in pharmacy at Université de Pharmacie de Lyon, where he also earned his master's degree in biological and medical sciences. He extended his education with studies in pharmaceutical sciences and toxicology/safety at Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, respectively.

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Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
Physician, Dermatology Consulting Services, USA

Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist in private practice and a primary investigator for Dermatology Consulting Services, a company she founded in 1988 to provide education, develop formulation technology and conduct clinical studies in association with the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry. Her research interests include cosmetics, toiletries and biologically active skin medications. A national and international speaker, she has been the recipient of numerous research grants and served as principal investigator on more than 200 clinical trials. She is also a contributor to the medical literature, with more than 200 articles and 25 book chapters to her credit. She is the author of the Cosmetics in Dermatology, now in its third edition, and Hair Care, as well as serving as the editor for the textbook Cosmeceuticals, which has been translated into five languages. Complementing her writing endeavors, Draelos serves on eight editorial boards, including Cosmetics & Toiletries, Cosmetic Dermatology, The International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatology Times, Aesthetic Dermatology News, Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, Drugs and Dermatology, Cutis and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Draelos is a fellow and past board member of the American Academy of Dermatology and also holds membership in the American Dermatological Association, the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, among others. She is a past board member for the Society for Dermatologic Surgery. A former Rhodes Scholar, Draelos has been the recipient of many awards and honors in recognition of her professional and academic accomplishments. She was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award for her research from Health Beauty America, a professional skin care and cosmetics industry organization.

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Angela R. Eppler, Ph.D.
Sr. Principal Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline

Angela R. Eppler, Ph.D., currently serves as senior principal scientist at GlaxoSmithKline. She was most recently at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, where she specializes in the formulation and product design of topical personal care applications for the ChapStick, Anbesol and Preparation H brands.

Eppler earned her doctorate degree in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialty in cosmetic science from the University of Cincinnati. Before joining Pfizer, Eppler was employed as a biologist at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in the cosmetic toxicology branch, where her research activities included skin absorption, metabolism of inflammatory mediators and the development of alternative in vitro skin irritation methods.

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Trefor Evans, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Institute Fellow, TRI Princeton

Evans has worked in the hair care industry for more 20 years, with the majority of his time spent as a manager in the product development labs of Helene Curtis and Unilever. He also served for several years as director of measurement services at TRI-Princeton (TRI) before becoming director and research fellow, in addition to establishing his own consultancy, TA Evans LLC, in November 2012.

Evans holds a doctoral degree in physical-analytical chemistry and specializes in measurement science. In the personal care industry, his activities involved fundamental research, supporting product development efforts, substantiating and validating marketing claims, and a variety of other problem-solving. In addition, he facilitated and taught TRI’s two annual hair training classes and still holds the title Adjunct Research Fellow at TRI. Further, he teaches a series of lectures on hair science as part of the Master’s of Business and Science program in Personal Care Science at Rutgers University. Evans holds seven patents in the area of hair care and has published numerous articles in trade magazines and the scientific literature. His work has been awarded twice by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and he is a co-author and co-editor of the book “Practical Modern Hair Science,” published by Allured Business Media.

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S. Peter Foltis
Independent Consultant

S. Peter Foltis is an independent consultant for the cosmetics industry. He most recently served as director of scientific affairs for skin care at L’Oréal USA, having worked with the company for 20+ years in various R&D roles, including: as director of SkinCeuticals and Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and as a senior chemist, group leader and eventually manager of the Skin Treatment division. Prior to L’Oréal, Foltis worked as a chemist at the Lever Brothers Company.

Foltis earned his master’s degree in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy from Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is in pharmacy from Rutgers University. In addition, Foltis has authored and co-authored several books, book chapters and articles on topics ranging from shaving preparations and antioxidants to UV protection and self-tanners. Foltis is a registered pharmacist in the state of New Jersey as well as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He currently holds pending patents covering drug delivery, dosage form stabilization, photoprotection strategies, eczema treatment and other novel skin treatment formulations.

Hemali Gunt, Ph.D.
Hemali Gunt, Ph.D.
Head of Clinical and Scientific Affairs, Burt’s Bees

Hemali Gunt, Ph.D., serves as the head of clinical and scientific affairs at Burt’s Bees (A Clorox Company). Her focus is to demonstrate scientifically based skin care benefits through clinical testing, laboratory investigations and instrumental assessments. Additionally, she represents the science behind natural solutions through interaction with the professional and medical communities.

Prior to joining Burt’s Bees, she worked as a clinical scientist at a contract testing lab where she gained extensive experience in clinical trials of personal care products, OTC, drugs and medical devices. Gunt holds doctorate and master’s degrees in pharmaceutical sciences from University of Cincinnati. She is member of the American Academy of Dermatology and Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and the lead author on numerous scientific posters and publications specializing in the area of skin and lip care. She also has been featured in several Cosmetics & Toiletries podcasts and interviews.

Mindy Goldstein, Ph.D.
Mindy Goldstein, Ph.D.
Mindy S. Goldstein Ph.D. Consulting

Mindy Goldstein, Ph.D., received her doctorate in the area of UV and gamma radiation damage to DNA, and DNA repair from New York University. She has been awarded patents in encapsulation and controlled release and has been involved in the cosmetic industry since 1987.

Goldstein currently leads her own consulting firm. She was most recently vice president of R&D for Atlantic Coast Media Group. Prior to this, she served as executive director of R&D and patent formula review for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Goldstein is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, having served in various capacities. She is currently the 2020 president.

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John Jiménez
Senior Researcher, Belcorp Colombia

John Jiménez was trained as a pharmacist at the National University of Colombia. He earned his master's degree in sustainable development at the Escuela de Organización Industria (EOI) business school in Madrid, with specialized studies in marketing, neuromarketing and cosmetic science.

Jiménez began his carrier in the cosmetic field in 1999. He joined the R&D department at Belcorp in 2005, where he currently is the senior exploration scientist for the skin care, personal care and sun care categories. His research activities include pipeline innovation development, and exploratory and applied investigation.

Before joining Belcorp, Jiménez was employed at Whitehall A.H. Robins, Fresenius Medical Care and Esko Laboratories in Colombia. He is the author or coauthor of more than 25 scientific publications, has participated in many conferences and congresses, and has written a regular column on market trends in Cosmetics & Toiletries Brasil since 2013.

He also has received a number of awards, including: the Maison G. de Navarre Prize, at the 23rd IFSCC Congress (USA 2004); best scientific papers at XIX Colamiqc (Ecuador 2009), XXI Colamiqc (Brazil 2013) and Farmacosmética (Colombia 2014); and the Henry Maso award, at the 29th IFSCC Congress (USA 2016).

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Karl Laden, Ph.D.
Technical Manager, Alpa Cosmetics, Carmiel, Israel

Karl Laden, Ph.D., has been the Technical Manager for Alpa Cosmetics since 1994 and is responsible for all regulatory and technical matters relating to products imported and manufactured by the company, including brands from Beiersdorf, Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, MAM Baby, Clarins and more. Laden also is responsible for development and manufacture of new products for the Orna 19 brand hair removal and skin care products. Prior to his current role, he was a consultant from 1987 to 1993, working with several major manufacturers.

In cooperation with Alpa Cosmetics, he developed a line of Dead Sea Cosmetics called Mineral Spa; co-founded InnoScent Ltd., a company developing novel solutions to odor problems, and served as vice president of R&D for Carter-Wallace Corp. in New York (1976-1986).

Professional activities include: President and Chairman, U.S. Society of Cosmetic Chemists (1977-1978); Editor, Journal of Cosmetic Science (1971-1976); Board of Editors, Research Technology Management (1983-1986); Contributing Editor, National Beauty School Journal (1970-1977); and the Personal Care Products Council Microbiology Committee (1972-1976).

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Prithwiraj Maitra, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Strategic Product Development & Innovation: Consumer Goods & Skincare; AbbVie

Prithwiraj Maitra, Ph.D., is currently executive director, R&D, at Allergan Aesthetics/AbbVie. Previously, he was executive director of R&D for SkinMedica/Allergan; and director and research fellow, head of upstream innovation in skin care, skin biology and biodelivery platforms, at J&J Research and Development. There, Maitra was responsible for delivering a balanced innovation portfolio with a focus on key strategic priorities and consumer unmet needs in areas including: anti-aging, acne, fairness and tone, sun and body benefit areas. In addition, he worked to develop a robust innovation pipeline for J&J's global beauty brands: Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC, Clean & Clear and Neostrata.

Maitra's expertise includes driving innovation through external collaborations, material science, the structure-function relationship of ingredients and formulations, and optical science, color and appearance of personal care products. Notably, he was the recipient of Avon’s Global R&D Achievement Award in 2007 and 2009, and recipient of the Most Innovative Scientist Award for Neutrogena Cosmetics in 2010.

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Howard I. Maibach, M.D.
Dermatologist and Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Howard Maibach, M.D., is a dermatologist with expertise in treating contact dermatitis and occupational dermatitis. His specialties include allergic skin disorders and skin conditions caused by exposure to toxic substances. He also has an interest in dermatopharmacology.

Maibach earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a residency as well as a fellowship in dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Maibach has served on the editorial boards of more than 30 scientific journals. He is a member of 19 professional societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology, San Francisco Dermatological Society and International Commission on Occupational Health. He also has served as column editor for the series "A Dermatological View," published for years in Cosmetics & Toiletries.

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Jennifer Marsh, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Procter & Gamble, USA

Jennifer Marsh, Ph.D., has worked with P&G for 17 years in a variety of roles, including consumer research, and product and technology development. As an accomplished Principal Scientist in the Beauty and Technology division, Marsh has conducted multiple studies on bleach and oxidative chemistry for hair color technologies. One of her most recent achievements, a new hair color chemistry, was launched in 2008 as Nice N' Easy Perfect 10, which was the result of several years of collaboration by a team of P&G's scientists. This work earned recognition from the Society of Cosmetics Chemists. In addition, Princeton has recognized her work on High Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry.

Marsh holds a doctorate in synthetic inorganic chemistry from the University of Oxford's Wolfson College, where her thesis was on the chemistry of gold. She has presented and published numerous papers in the area of hair structure science and color, and she holds more than 20 patents.

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Marc Pissavini, Ph.D.
Basic Research Director, Coty-Lancaster, Monaco

Marc Pissavini, Ph.D., began his career as an analytical chemist for the cosmetics industry in 1997 and soon thereafter, in 1998, joined the sun research department of Coty-Lancaster in Monaco. In 2003, he earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and since 2008, has served as the director of Basic and Applied Research for Coty-Lancaster. His portfolio includes 20 publications, two patents and 25 conference and poster presentations.

Pissavini's research interests include UV spectroscopy with a focus on the study and design of test methods and the influence of substrate roughness on SPF measurements; the design and optimization of SPF, PPD, water resistance and photostability test methods; and skin care research in relation to texture and sensory assessments. He is an active participant in related specialty groups, including serving as chairman, since 2012, of both the Cosmetics Europe Photostability In Vitro Task Force and of the ISO SPF In Vitro Task Force. He has also been a member of the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS), the French Organization for Standardization and its International Organization Standardization member body (AFNOR), and the French trade organization Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté (FEBEA) for years.

Luigi M. Rigano
Owner, L. Rigano Laboratories, Italy

Rigano has been operating in the cosmetic field since he graduated with a degree in industrial chemistry in 1970. For more than 15 years, he has carried out R&D activities, production and technical assistance in many national and international companies such as Unilever, Lepetit, Intercos, Woltz, Givaudan and Schering. Rigano has managed his own laboratory since 1986, and has acted as an independent consultant to the industry. He is the co-director of the Institute of Skin and Product Evaluation (ISPE), an ISO 9002-certified laboratory for the evaluation of tolerability, efficacy and sensorial characteristics of cosmetics and industrial products. In addition to being past president and an honorary member of the SICC, he has been the scientific secretary and the honorary secretary of International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). Rigano is member of the register of chemists in the Lombardia region and consultant at the Milan Court. He is also author of more than 50 scientific articles of cosmetics, aesthetics and dermatology.

Steve Schnittger, Ph.D.

Steve Schnittger, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Global Microbiology and Fermentation in R&D for the Estée Lauder Cos. He has been with the company for more than 20 years, all within the Microbiology and Bio-Ferm Lab. His primary responsibilities are in the area of cosmetic preservation and advising chemists on new formulations. Additional responsibilities include: developing new actives through fermentation, advising on cleaning and sanitization procedures, and assisting quality assurance and manufacturing when problems arise. He works closely with the Safety Group to find a balance between safety and product preservation.

Before joining the Estée Lauder Cos., Schnittger worked for Ralston Purina Co. and attended school at the University of Tulsa, majoring in microbiology. He is past chairman of the PCPC (then-CTFA) Microbiology Committee, an active member of the U.S. TAG/ISO committee for Cosmetic Microbiology, and a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Institute of Food Technology. He holds numerous patents in cosmetic science, fermentation and frequently presents on preservation, risk assessment and fermentation.

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Ron Sharpe
Research Fellow – Open Innovation; New Ventures, Science & Systems; Amway Corp., USA

Ron Sharpe, principal scientist with Amway Corp.’s health and beauty new technology group, has nearly 30 years of expertise in the personal care industry, including global product development in skin care, personal care and shaded cosmetics. His technical expertise includes product development with an emphasis on Asia; skin imaging and bio-instrumentation; the biology of skin aging; genomics and enology. Sharpe currently specializes in strategic technology planning, open innovation and sustainable new technology development.

Before joining Amway, Sharpe served product development roles with Pfizer Consumer Products and Tambrands Inc. He earned his master’s degree in cosmetic science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

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Leslie Smith, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer, La Perla Beauty

After a bachelor's degree with honors in chemistry from the University of Stirling, a doctorate in organic chemistry from the Research Institute for Medicine and Chemistry, and a post doctoral position at the University of Geneva, Smith joined Procter & Gamble. Following several years with P&G, he joined the fragrance industry in a number of technical management positions in Switzerland and the United States.

In 2002, he joined Coty at their global R&D headquarters in Morris Plains, N.J., USA, as VP of R&D, where his responsibilities included basic research, fragrance technology and development, consumer affairs, sensory, Coty Testing Institute, analytical, safety and toxicology. In July 2011, he was named senior VP of R&D, a role he assumed in Geneva, Switzerland. Retiring in the spring of 2015, Smith founded his own consulting company, following which, he returned to the industry, this time as Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer of La Perla Beauty. He has a number of publications in chemistry and perfumery, and a list of patents ranging from insect control and deodorancy to delivery systems.

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Peter Tsolis
Vice President, Skincare R&D, The Estée Lauder Companies, USA

For the past 14+ years, Peter Tsolis has held various positions with several brands for the Estée Lauder Companies, where his work has led to a number of product launches. Throughout his career, he has held cross-functional responsibilities ranging from innovation to business development. Tsolis is an active member of the SCC, having served as the 2018 National President and previously as chair of the Long Island SCC chapter. He currently teaches courses in cosmetics R&D, and has given numerous presentations at industry and university conferences in the areas of skin care formulation, delivery systems and new technology. His research interests include innovative technology, optimizing activity in formulas and marketing in the personal care market.

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Debbie Waite
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Steinberg & Associates, Inc.

Debbie Waite is a dedicated professional with more than 25 years of industry experience in cosmetic regulatory affairs. Her expertise includes overseeing several multi-million dollar product line launches. She ensures that clients structure their marketing claims to make the strongest compliant claim possible, and that product warnings are meaningful and concisely worded. With more than 20 years' MSDS responsibility, the SDSs she authors are meaningful and compliant without being overly cumbersome. Her attention to detail ensures product formulations are thoroughly reviewed and packaging artwork is fully compliant and consistent.

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Russel Walters, Ph.D.
Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Somn

Walters earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During graduate school, he co-founded the nanotechnology start-up Ocular Technologies, which developed the a durable self-assembled monolayer (SAM) coating. In 2003, Walters joined Johnson & Johnson, and his work in polymer/surfactant interactions and surfactant effects on skin has led to the development of hydrophobically modified polymers for improved mildness in cleansers, and more than 25 patents and patent applications. In November 2017, he co-founded Somn, a company focused on sleep and its connections to health and beauty, for which he now serves as chief technical officer.

In 2009, he and colleagues received the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’s (SCC) Best Paper Award for work on tissue-compatible mild cleansing systems. Additionally, J&J awarded Walters the Philip B. Hofmann Research Scientist Award for his work on novel mild cleansing systems. Collaborating with academic and industrial researchers, his research interests have included: particle stabilized emulsions; skin lipid monolayer organization; surfactant dynamics; and the history of cleansing. Walters has presented papers at a range of scientific conferences including the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, and PA Nanotechnology and regularly gives lectures at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Claudie Willemin
Independent Consultant

Claudie Willemin is an idependent consultant to the cosmetic industry. She served most recently as Head of Technical & Scientific Analysis, and Director of the Worldwide Applied Research Division for L’Oréal's Research & Innovation group. She joined L'Oréal in 1999 as Sun Care Products Development Manager.

Willemin was a member of the Colipa Sun Products Sub-Committee from 2000-2003. She also worked previously for both Rhone-Poulenc and Rhodia as manager of the Solubility Parameters Lab, then the Personal Care Lab. In addition, she served as president of the International Federation of the Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC), and the French IFSCC society, Société Française de Cosmétologie (SFC), where she was elected as the first female president.

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Shuliang Zhang, Ph.D.
Sr. Director, Coty Testing Institute (CTI)

Shuliang Zhang, Ph.D., is senior director for the Coty Testing Institute, where he oversees both consumer and clinical testing in skin care and color cosmetics. Prior to this, he served as the clinical research manager for Unilever Home and Personal Care. His expertise is understanding skin as a substrate, skin cleansing and care technologies, and their effect on skin structure and function. His work at Unilever's China facility was heavily involved in designing tests to measure the true effects of products on skin. There, he oversaw panel testing with volunteers using the company's personal care products.