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Scientific Sessions

In addition to our outstanding keynote lineup, the concurrent technical education sessions offer top-notch scientific information on the latest topics and trends. This year, we are excited to feature: Modernizing Hair Care | Future of Skin Care | All-Inclusive Beauty | Skin Care Advancements| Color & Photoprotection| Claims & Regulatory | Formulation Design & Sustainability | Beauty By AI. 

Monday, December 11, 2023

1:00 PM - 2:45 PM | Session A: A Fireside Chat with L'Oréal's Sanford Browne
Moderators: Caryn Weiss & Dennis Abbeduto

President's Welcome

Awards presented:  Green Star™, Joseph P. Ciaudelli, Hans Schaeffer, and Young Scientist 


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Session B: Beauty Innovation: Drivers of Change
Moderators: Caryn Weiss & Dennis Abbeduto

  • Panel Discussion | Panelists Dr. Nadine Pernodet (Estēe Lauder), Andi Govindia (Riviter), and Alexander Detre (EcoMundo)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Welcome Happy Hour Sponsored by Biocogent


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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

7:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Showcase Exhibit Hours


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM | Continental Breakfast and Showcase


8:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Session C: Frontiers of Science Keynote Address
Moderators: Caryn Weiss & Dennis Abbeduto

Award presented:  Frontiers of Science Keynote Lecture Award

  • Back to Health - An Evolutionary Biology Perspective on the Skin Microbiome | Presented by Dr. Larry Weiss (Symbiome)


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Session D: Modernizing Hair Care
Moderator: Liyuan Ji

  • New Plant-based Keratin-like Filler: Demonstration of Efficacy for Hair Protection  | Presented by Allison Garlet (BASF Beauty Care Solutions France SAS)
  • Formulation Science: Evaluating the Effect of Ingredient Composition on the Structure, Stability, and Performance of Conditioners | Presented by Marni Dexter (Croda)
  • Industrial Production and Potential Application of Recombinant Type XVII Collagen in Hair Care | Presented by Dr. Fu Shengwei (Trautec)
  • Celebrating Textured Hair: Bridging Science and Beauty | Presented by Ernesta Malinauskyte, PhD (TRI Princeton)


9:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Session E: Future of Skin Care
Moderator: Paul Lawrence

  • Combination of methods Including Metagenomic and Droplet-based Microfluidic Technology to Study Sensitive Skin Microbiota | Presented by Manon Gault, PhD (BASF Beauty Care Solutions France SAS)
  • Tripeptide-85: A New Peptide Acting by the Unusual MC5R Mechanism for the Control of Sebum at Any Stage of Life | Presented by Lilian Mussi (Chemyunion, Inc.)
  • Decoding Cellulose - Understanding Critical Attributes for Formulation Efficacy | Presented by Clementine Fabre  (Anomera)
  • Dynamics of a Skin Care Emulsion with Massage | Presented by Alicia Roso (Seppic)
  • Immuno-Cosmetics & Skin Microbiome | Presented by Morgan Drohan (Active Concepts)


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM | President's Luncheon & Business Meeting
Sponsored by Registrar Corp

Awards presented:  deNavarre Medal Award, Florence Wall Women in Cosmetic Chemistry Award, SCC Merit Award, Robert A. Kramer Lifetime Service Award 


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Showcase Exhibition & Coffee Break
Sponsored by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Session F: All-Inclusive Beauty Sponsored by AYO Labs
Moderator: Krupa Koestline

  • Gabriella: An Acne Story | Presented by Hillary Baldwin, MD
  • A Smaller and More Relevant Palette for Foundation Make-Up | Presented by Kathy Cruz (Kobo Products, Inc.)
  • Physicochemical Properties of Frizzy Hair | Presented by Roger L. McMullen, PhD (Ashland, Inc.)
  • Understanding Cross-cultural Variation in Perceptions of Female Facial Appearance | Presented by Remo Campiche, PhD (DSM-Firmenich)
  • Triple Temperance Strategy to Address Oily Skin | Presented by Philip Ludwig (BASF Beauty Care Solutions France SAS)


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Session G: Skin Care Advancements 
Sponsored by BiocogentModerator: Sarah de Szalay

  • Cosmetic Potential of a Human Recombinant Collagen | Presented by Anne Yun Mu (Evonik Corp.)
  • Plant-based Human Timp2: An Integrative Molecule to Delay Dermochronology Caused by Photoaging | Presented by Silvia Pastor, PhD (LipoTrue)
  • Improving Face Skin Surface Damage Induced by Cutibacterium Acnes Activity | Presented by Richard Leroux, PhD (Sederma, Inc.)
  • Understanding the Immunoevasion Process of Senescent Cells to Propose Innovative Solutions | Presented by Laurie Verzeaux, PhD (SILAB)
  • An Innovative Light-biomimetic Solution Stimulating Feel-good Hormones and Cognitive Relaxation to Tackle Lack of Sunlight Exposure and Dull Skin | Presented by Mathilde Frechet (Clariant NI)
  • Metaproteomic Analysis: Gentiana Lutea Fermented Extract (GfE) is a Natural Solution to Reverse the Slow-down of Skin Holobiont Functions Occurring in Skin Dehydration | Presented by Christophe Toumit (Greentech)


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Cocktail Reception with Exhibitors

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

7:00 AM - 2:45 PM | Showcase Exhibit Hours


8:00 AM - 9:45 AM | SCC Annual Awards Breakfast Sponsored by Ashland

Awards presented:  Henry Maso Keynote Lecture Award; Student Poster Awards, Madam CJ Walker Scholarships; Alan B. & Jeanette Black Award; Shaw Mudge Award; Des Goddard Award; SCC Award

SESSION H: Henry Maso Keynote Award Lecture
Moderators: Caryn Weiss & Dennis Abbeduto

  • Insight Alchemy: From the Birth of Chemistry to the Future of Data | Presented by Sarah DaVanzo (Pierre Fabre)


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | Showcase Exhibition & Coffee Break


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Session I: Beauty by AI
Moderator: Dennis Abbeduto

  • Twenty-five Years of Beauty Imaging: Macro to Micro, IA to AI | Presented by Dr. Kukizo Miyamoto (Procter & Gamble, SK-II)
  • Application of AI and LLMs in Uncovering Emerging Chemical Growth Areas for Personal Care Ingredients Industry | Presented by To Hong Chan (Gravel AI)
  • Cosmetics in the Digital Age: Harnessing Molecular Modeling for Rapid Development | Presented by Haidong Liu, PhD (Schrödinger)
  • Ferroptosis- A New Perspective for Physiologically Relevant Antioxidant Activity of Natrual Products in Skin Protection: A Case Study of Cannabinoids | Presented by Dr. Hang Ma (University of Rhode Island)


10:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Session J: Color & Photoprotection
Moderator: Tao Zheng

  • Color Cosmetics with SPF and FDA/EU Regulations - Overcoming Challenges in Developing Ranges with a Globally Compliant Formula | Presented by Sarah Yuro (L'Oréal)
  • Use of Cryo-SEM and EDS for Sunscreen Characterization: Observation of the Mineral UV Filters in W/O and O/W Emulsion Systems| Presented by Abhijit Bidaye (Croda)
  • Bio-inspired Photonic Material that Creates Soft-focus Optical Effects for Cosmetics| Presented by Rupa Darji, PhD (BASF Beauty Care Solutions France SAS)
  • From Lips to Lab: Exploring Lipstick Performance for True-to-Life Characteristic Testing| Presented by Xuzi Kang, PhD (TRI Princeton)
  • Accelerating the Design of Sunscreen and Sunscreen Formulation using Computational Methods | Presented by Jeffrey M Sanders, PhD (Schrödinger)


12:45 PM - 2:45 PM | Showcase Exhibition (closes at 2:45 PM)


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | Networking Luncheon 


2:45 AM - 4:45 PM | Session K: Claims & Regulatory Sponsored by IBA
Moderator: Rick Presti

  • Next Generation Risk Assessments: Advancing Safety Assessment of Cosmetic Ingredients without Animal Testing | Presented by Dr. Christopher Krueger (Beiersdorf)
  • ISO 16128 | Presented by Shannon Hess (Burt's Bees)
  • The 17-Year Cicadas Cycle and the Emergence of New US UV Filters on the OTC Sunscreen Monograph | Presented by Carl D'Ruiz (DSM-Firmenich)
  • The Convergence & Divergence Between MoCRA and CSAR | Presented by Zhi Li, PhD (Chinese American Cosmetic Professionals Association)
  • MoCRA Update | Presented by Craig Weiss (Consumer Product Testing Company)


2:45 AM - 4:45 PM | Session L: Formulation Design and Sustainability
Moderator: Jacob Sessions

  • Comparative Study of Commercial Polymeric Biobased Surfactants and Biosurfactants | Presented by Scott Curtin, PhD (BioMimics)
  • Carbon in the Supply Chain: A Case Study on Methodology Development for Measurement of Impact | Presented by Cara Eaton (Croda)
  • Delivering Hair Care Benefits from Botanicals | Presented by Jennifer Marsh, PhD (Procter and Gamble)
  • Optimizing the Skin Penetration of Caffeine from Eye Creams using Hansen Solubility Parameters | Presented by Roanne Bogrow (Gattefossé) & Dr. Gabriella Baki (University of Toledo)
  • Water Thin Phase Inversion Emulsions with High Naturality Emulsifiers | Presented by John Goffredo (Zschimmer & Schwartz Interpolymer)





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