Skin biology specialist Tony Rawlings, Ph.D., has been dubbed this year's Maison G. deNavarre Medal winner by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.
According to Erica O’Grady, CAE, executive director and CEO of the Society, "[Rawlings] has been recognized by his peers in the cosmetics and personal care industry for his outstanding technical contributions in functional skin and hair care technologies." She added, "[He is a] well-respected researcher and expert in skin biology and stratum corneum biochemistry, and a deserved recipient of the society’s highest award."
Rawlings is currently the director of his own firm, AVR Consulting. He had more than 35 years of experience in R&D, including 30 years of research in skin biology, and has authored/co-authored more than 200 technical papers, book chapters and abstracts—some even for Cosmetics & Toiletries, over the years:
- Advances in Stratum Corneum Biology and Understanding of Dry Skin
- Phytosphingosine: A Nature-inspired Sphingoid Base With Multiple Skin Benefits
- Developments in Ceramide Identification, Synthesis, Function and Nomenclature
- An Aquaporin-inspired Lipid Concentrate for Mature Skin
Rawlings also holds more than 50 patents in the areas of skin and food science and has been honored by numerous industry organizations throughout his career.
“[Rawlings's] significant technical contributions to the field, particularly in the areas of skin moisturization and acne therapy, are representative of our founder’s vision for the advancement of cosmetic science,” said Kelly Dobos, SCC President and cosmetics technical manager for Americas, Sun Chemical Corporation. “I am excited to present Tony with this award during the Society’s 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting on December 17, 2019, at the Sheraton NY Times Square,” she added.