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Sun Protection Conference - Speakers

Speakers come from within the industry, from academia and from some of the key regulatory and governing bodies worldwide. They are experts in their field, able to impart current data and information.

Sun Protection 2017 conference speakers:

2019 speakers to be announced!

Jack Ferguson

Dr Jack Ferguson, Skinnovation Ltd, UK

Jack Ferguson obtained a BSc honours degree in Biology with Chemistry and a PhD in Bioengineering, both from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He has worked in the cosmetics industry for over 20 years. After spending some time with Beecham Products in Leatherhead, he moved to the Boots Company in Nottingham, where he worked for 15 years. His final responsibilities were as Head of R&D Services, Boots Contract Manufacturing. During his time there he was joint developer and promoter of the Boots UVA star rating system.

From Boots, Jack moved to Oriflame International, Dublin, and was R&D Director there for five years, before leaving in 2000 to set up a new company, Skinnovation Ltd. Skinnovation provide contract product development services for clients and focuses on sun and skin care products and also on product claims support for advertising.

Jack also works as cosmetics consultant for ITV, providing technical and scientific advice on claims support for television scripts in advance of broadcasting. He has been active in the Cosmetic Trade associations, particularly in the sun care area, and was the chairman of the Colipa ‘Sun Protection Measurement’ TF 1990-1998 and chairman at the time the Colipa SPF test was developed and published.

Jack has published and presented several papers on sun care and skin care. He is a past president of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists GB (1993-94) and was the Scientific Programme Chairman for the IFSCC Congress in Edinburgh 2002. He was a trustee and treasurer of the charity FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experimentation) from 2004 to 2009. Jack has been the programme organiser of the London Sun Protection conferences for almost 20 years and of the Anti-ageing Skin Care conference for 3 years.

Dr Jack Ferguson, Skinnovation Ltd, UK

Steven Bailey

Steven Bailey, Department of Pharmacology, University of South Alabama

For 44 years Steve Bailey has been a research scientist first at UCLA, Department of Biological Chemistry, then the University of Texas, and since 1981 at the University of South Alabama, Department of Pharmacology. He is primarily involved in synthetic organic and analytical chemistry, enzyme mechanism, and clinical studies. In the early 70's he established the first HPLC methods for analysis of the pteridine heterocycles. He developed the only total stereospecific synthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin analogs and the natural folate vitaminers. While examining the latter, he and his colleague June Ayling serendipitously discovered the ability of methyltetrahydrofolate to scavenge singlet oxygen and quench excited photosensitizers, thus protecting DNA from UV. Investigations followed on the role of folate in human skin. He is co-inventor of many US and international patents. Some of his recent publications on include: Rearrangement and depletion of folate in human skin by ultraviolet radiation (Br J Dermatol, 2015); Effect of serum folate status on total folate and 5 methyltetrahydrofolate in human skin (Am J Clin Nutr, 2013); 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate inhibits photosensitization reactions and strand breaks in DNA (FASEB J, 2007); and Methods and Compositions Containing Natural Folates for Protecting Against Radiation Damage (PCT/US2006/024415). Currently, he is studying additional aspects of natural folate photochemistry and photobiology.


Dr Stephan Bielfeldt

Dr Stephan Bielfeldt, proDerm, Germany

Stephan Bielfeldt has more than twenty-five years of working experience in the field of skin research. Since 2001, he is the Director Research and CTO at proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research. As the head of the research department he leads a team of scientists that perform applied in vivo and in vitro research studies in the field of cosmetics, food supplements and consumer products. His specific expertise comprises claims support studies. Stephan is further a specialist in the field of photobiological studies. As the head of the technical department Stephan leads a team of scientists and engineers who develop in vivo and biophysical test methods. He is member in two societies dedicated to scientific cosmetology and has published a large amount of scientific papers mainly in the field of in vivo skin research methods and claims support.

Benoit Cadars

Benoit Cadars, Bioderma, France

Benoît Cadars is a versatile Biochemistry and Biotechnologies engineer who has been working in Cosmetic Industry for five years. He began his career as Scientific and Research Associate at Laboratoire Bioderma. He started out as the liaison between the Marketing and the Research departments where he managed projects and did bibliographical research. Now his main focus is the popularization of complex scientific concepts and the communication of those concepts in order to ensure that marketing messages remain true to the facts.

Jessen Curpen

Jessen Curpen, CIPD Mauritius

Jessen CURPEN is responsible of the development of Clinical Study Designs for CIDP Group.

Chairing the CIDP Biophysics and Imaging Committee, Jessen and his team set up methodologies for Claims Substantiation of Cosmetic products.

Before joining CIDP, Jessen has worked for 5 years at the MSIRI, a state-owned research institute as a Chemist and Sugar Technologist.

Jessen joined the Quality Department of CIDP in 2009 as Quality Officer and acted as the Global Quality Manager of the group before stepping into the Chief Operating Officer role in 2014. In 2016, he moved to the newly created Biophysics Department with the aim of setting up novel study designs for cosmetic trials. Jessen is currently working on new methodologies for “anti-pollution” and “blue light” claim substantiation.

Jessen holds a Master Degree in Quality Management and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Chemistry at University of Mauritius. He also studied Limnology and Geochemistry at the Uppsala University in Sweden.

Dr Ratan K. Chaudhuri

Dr Ratan K. Chaudhuri, Sytheon Ltd, USA

Dr. Ratan Chaudhuri is Founder, President & CEO, Sytheon Ltd, a developer and marketer of evidence-based cosmetic ingredients company. He has been in the cosmetics industry for well over 25 years. Before starting Sytheon Ltd. in 2006, Dr. Chaudhuri was Director of Cosmetics Research & Applications at EMD Chemicals Inc. (an affiliate of Merck Germany) and prior to that he was R&D Manager at International Specialty Products (ISP, currently Ashland Chemicals). Dr. Chaudhuri has been instrumental in conceptualizing and commercializing numerous products in the Cosmetics, Industrial, and Pharmaceutical markets and helped commercialize these products successfully.

Dr. Chaudhuri is a frequent speaker at the national and international scientific meetings and also a reviewer for International J Cosmetic Science & Current Pharmaceutical Biotech. He is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, American Chemical Society and Personal Care Products Council.  Dr. Chaudhuri has seventy three issued US patents and numerous pending and foreign patents. He has published over eighty scientific papers and written several book chapter articles. His recent two chapter articles are: Hexylresorcinol: Providing Skin Benefits by Modulating Multiple Molecular Targets and Bakuchiol: A Retinol-Like Functional Compound, Modulating Multiple Retinol and Non-retinol Targets, published in Cosmeceuticals & Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition, Eds Sivamani, Jared Jagdeo, Peter Elsner & Howard I Maibach, 2015.

Dr J Nash

Dr Michael Finnen, The Procter & Gamble Company, USA

Dr Nash received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He completed a Research Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, 1986-1988, and worked as an Assistant Professor in Biological Psychiatry in the School of Medicine until 1992.

For the past 18 years, Dr Nash has worked at The Procter & Gamble Company as a toxicologist. His primary responsibilities include the human safety assessment of topically applied cosmetic and non-prescription drug products. He has developed expertise in photobiology/phototoxicology with experience in in vitro, animal and human phototoxicity models and efficacy/safety testing of sunscreen products. As well, Dr Nash has expertise in the human safety evaluation of light- and energy-based devices used for treatment of skin and hair.

Amy Goddard

Dr Amy Goddard, Croda UK

Amy Goddard joined Croda in 2010 after completing a degree in Biochemistry at the University of York. She initially joined the company’s graduate scheme, gaining experience in the fields of environmental chemistry, renewable product synthesis, marketing and sales.

In 2013 she moved into the Personal Care side of the business, with responsibilities focused on new product developments in green and sustainable products. In 2015 she joined the Sun Care department, with responsibility for leading the global synthesis team. Key responsibilities include managing research projects in the field of sun protection and the development of new product.

Amy Goddard recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham in Chemistry. Her Ph.D subject focused on sustainable synthesis of natural polymeric material.

Dr Bernd Herzog

Dr Bernd Herzog, BASF, Germany

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Ludger Kolbe

Dr. Ludger Kolbe, Beiersdorf, Germany

Ludger Kolbe is Chief Scientists for Photobiology at Beiersdorf R&D and directs the research on skin pigmentation & photobiology. He started his career in immunobiology and focused his research activities on experimental dermatology later on. At Beiersdorf, he has held various positions in research on sensitive skin, inflammatory skin conditions, skin pigmentation and photobiology.

One of his key responsibilities is the identification of new protective mechanisms for dermatological and cosmetic skin care. This led to a multitude of international patents and original papers in scientific journals and the discovery of highly effective ingredients for topical skin care products. His current focus is on the development of actives for the treatment of UV-induced skin dyspigmentation.

He is member of the Society of Investigative Dermatology, the German Society for Immunology, and the European Society for Photobiology and serves as a reviewer for various scientific journals. He is a member of the Cosmetics Europe Expert Teams on Regulatory Aspects of Sun Protection and the Taskforce for Sun Protection Methodology.

Robyn Lucus

Professor Robyn Lucas, The Australian National University Canberra, Australia

Prof Robyn Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist and public health physician. After graduating in medicine from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Lucas worked in clinical settings in New Zealand, Canada and the Solomon Islands for five years. She took a 20 year break to be at home raising children before undertaking a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. During her PhD she led the assessment of the global burden of disease due to ultraviolet radiation. This highlighted the risks but, importantly, the potential benefits of sun exposure for human health. She has continued research in this area, working to better understand the pathways involved – including both via vitamin D and non-vitamin D – and the health outcomes involved. Her research has a specific focus on autoimmune diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis. Lucas works closely with Cancer Councils and MS societies to develop an evidence-base for safe sun exposure that optimises health.

Paul Matts

Professor Paul Matts, Procter & Gamble UK

Paul joined Procter & Gamble 1988 and has spent the majority of his career in R&D conducting research and developing methods to feed the technology pipelines of brands such as Olay, Max Factor, Dolce & Gabbana, SKII, and others. As Research Fellow, he has specific expertise in measurement / modelling of many aspects of skin structure, function and appearance, sun protection and the psychology of perception of skin, among other areas. He is Visiting Professor to the London College of Fashion and University College London School of Pharmacy and the Chair of the Cosmetics Europe (European Trade Association) Expert Team: Regulatory Aspects of Sun Protection and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a proponent of Community Dermatology and involved in and highly passionate about several projects in Africa related to skin disease and its prevention / treatment using low-cost, sustainable materials. Paul is married with three children and, when he has time, a fanatic UK SCUBA diver and BSAC instructor.

Jay Nash

Dr Jay Nash, Procter & Gamble USA

Dr. Nash has worked for P&G as a toxicologist since 1992. Currently he is a Research Fellow in Central Product Safety part of the Global Product Stewardship organization at P&G. He has provided in-depth toxicological evaluations of UV filters, acne treatment agents, anti-dandruff shampoos, e.g., zinc pyrithione, and other topically applied products. Dr. Nash has been responsible for preparation of human safety/efficacy dossiers for numerous topically applied cosmetic/drug products that have been submitted to regulatory authorities throughout the world, e.g., US FDA, US EPA, European Commission and SCCS, China MoH. His areas of expertise include: dermal toxicology, photobiology/phototoxicology with experience in areas of in vitro, animal and human phototoxicology models, sunscreens and light-based, e.g., laser, IPL, devices.

John Oblong

Dr John Oblong, Procter & Gamble, USA

John E. Oblong, PhD, joined P&G over 22 years ago with a diverse research background in plant biochemistry as well as cancer research. Dr. Oblong completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola University (Chicago, IL) and in 1992 received his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago. His postdoctoral studies in redox regulation in cancer were completed at the Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona.

Since joining P&G, he has been actively involved in numerous skin and hair biology projects.  Dr. Oblong is currently responsible for identifying breakthrough skin care technologies that deliver benefits to both female and male global consumers. To achieve this, the research is coordinated across numerous technical centers around the world.  A main focus of late for his research has been on understanding the role of NAD+, niacinamide and cellular bioenergetics as it relates to UV-induced changes in human skin biology.

Mechtild Petersen-Thiery

Mechtild Petersen-Thiery, BASF, Germany

Doctor of Analytical Chemistry, Master of Science in Chemistry both at University of Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 1991 she is working for BASF, initially as head of analytical lab in the department of agricultural products, responsible for substance identification and characterization (active ingredient and impurities) as well as analytics in water and animal feed. She participated in the development of internationally standardized analytical methods and general pesticide specifications (Collaborative International Pesticide Analytical Council, CIPAC; and FAO) and was responsible for the worldwide registration of pesticides and plant protection products (product chemistry part.

Now she is working as Regulatory Manager for cosmetics with specific responsibility for the registration and product stewardship of UV-filters for sunscreen products. She supports cosmetic companies to comply with the different cosmetic regulatory environments. She is nano expert for the Care Chemicals Division of BASF, conducts dialogues with different stakeholders: authorities, consumers, scientists and non-governmental organizations. At BASF she is responsible for the REACH registration of UV filters and their precursor products.

Dr Frank Pfluecker

Dr Frank Pfluecker, Merck, Germany

Dr. Frank Pflücker is currently Director at Merck heading Global R&D, Application & Technical Service for Cosmetic Functionals. Frank has been active in the cosmetic business for approx. 20 years and started his career as Laboratory Manager for both inorganic and organic UV-filters followed by several Associate Director positions for Application Technology of Cosmetic Actives, Pearlescent Pigments & Functional Fillers at Merck.

He graduated 1994 in Chemistry from the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he received his Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Chemistry in 1998. During that period he worked as Research Fellow of the University Hospital Eppendorf (Department of Photodermatology) as well as at the Beiersdorf AG (Product Development Sun Care). Frank joined the Heinrich-Pette Institute for Experimental Virology, Department of Electron Microscopy as PostDoc in 1998. In 2003 Frank Pflücker gained a “Master of Business and Administration” from the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim.

Since 2000 Frank Pflücker is a member of the German Society of Cosmetic Chemists (DGK) and since 2012 he is Head of “Task Force Sun Protection”. In 2012 Frank Pflücker became a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the DGK. Most recently Frank joined the Program Committee of the IFSCC 2018 Congress.

Marc Pissavini

Dr Marc Pissavini, Coty, France

Marc Pissavini is a chemist Ph.D. He started his career in the cosmetic industry in the field of Analytical chemistry in 1997. In 1998 he joined the Sun Research Department of Coty-Lancaster Group. He has been promoted to the Director of the Basic & Applied Research in 2008 which specialized in In Vitro spectroscopy and in the study of the roughness of supports. Marc frequently publishes articles and contributes in conference to further the innovation within the field. He is also an active member of different specialist groups and industries which include AFNOR, or FEBEA. He also holds chairman positions for the Sun Protection Methodology Task force for Cosmetics Europe as well as ISO and CEN in the SPF In Vitro group, since 2012.

And recently, he became the associate editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science

Mathias Rohr

Dr Mathias Rohr, Institut Dr. Schrader, Germany

Dr Mathias Rohr gained a Physics degree from the University of Göttingen in 1988, and followed this in 1991 with a PhD in Physics / Biophysics at Max Planck Institute (MPI) für Strahlenchemie/Mülheim-Ruhr Germany (Scholarship of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation). 

In 1991-1992 he completed a Post doctorate at the MPI für Strahlenchemie, Department for Biophysics.
Since 1992 he is an employee at Institut Dr. Schrader Hautphysiologie / Holzminden Germany.
He is responsible in particular for SPF-Testing and Research in the field of Biophysical Methods in Skin-Science, routine Skin Surface Analysis and all skin physiological testing.

He is a member of ISO/TC 217/WG 7 (SPF), of DGK (Working Group Sunscreens) and ISBS. He has authored various publications in the fields of skin physiology and biophysics:

• HDRS, SPF, SPF-quality, influence of physical side parameters on the in vivo SPF;

• ICL-S (Induced CemiLuminescence of Human Skin); Oxidative Protection measured in vivo

• Skin surface analysis by FOITS (Fast Optical In vivo Topometry of Human Skin);

• Climatic influence on cosmetic skin parameters;

• LIOAS (Laser Induced Opto-Acoustic Spectroscopy) / Photoacoustic Spectroscopy;

• NIR-RS (Near InfraRed Remission Spectroscopy) (IFSCC Applied Research Award 2004).

John Staton

John Staton, Dermatest Pty Ltd, Australia

John comes from a background of over 50 years experience in the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

He spent over 15 years with Soul Pattinson Laboratories, the manufacturing arm of the large retail, wholesale and pharmaceutical manufacturing group, playing various technical roles. He was also Operations Manager of Cenovis for 7 years. John left his final position as General Manager of Soul Pattinson Laboratories to become a consultant to industry where he has spent the last 16 years.

John is a Past President and Life Member of Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists He serves on a number of industry representative roles with ASMI, ACCORD and Standards Australia.

John is a founding Director of two consultancy companies - Technical Consultancy Services, who provide new product development and Dermatest, one of only two laboratories in Australia who are recognised by Standards Australia for the conduct of SPF testing. Dermatest has been conducting SPF testing and skin efficacy and safety evaluation studies continuously since 1997.

He is currently Australian Head Delegate representative to the ISO Committee on Sunscreen Testing under ISO Technical Committee 217 – Cosmetics and Chair of the ISO Working Groups on Water Resistance and Photostability.

John Staton, Dermatest Pty Ltd, Australia

Juergen Vollhardt

Dr Jürgen Vollhardt, DSM, Switzerland

Jürgen received Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and later joined Dragoco in Germany to found their dedicated R&D Lab for skin bioactives, anti-microbial compounds and plant extracts. He then moved to New Jersey, USA to manage the skin care active business for Dragoco in Symrise. From the time working in close contact with the colleagues of the F&F industry he had an on-going interest into several facets of sensory research.

In 2003 Jürgen joined Roche/DSM to head skin care and later also the sun care research team and helped to integrate the new colleagues form Pentapharm R&D. In that time he got more involved in sun care.

For the past 2 years, Jürgen has assumed a research fellow position to guide and establish new competencies in DSM R&D Personal Care. In a longer project he built, with the help of SensorySpectrum, a very motivated internal sensory analysis panel for cosmetic lotions, analysed dozens of sunscreens and crunched the data together with the DSM bio-statisticians

Joshua Williams

Dr Joshua Williams, Johnson & Johnson, USA

Joshua Williams obtained a BS with honors in Chemical Engineering from The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Before obtaining his PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, he worked in the biotechnology industry as a Formulation Engineer and Coordinator of Analytical Services. He completed two postdoctoral research fellowships in Biomedical Engineering and Cancer Prevention and Control. Dr. Williams was then offered the position of Assistant Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering to continue his research efforts on skin biology and skin cancer. In 2014, he was recruited by Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. as Principal Scientist in the Global Skin Care Innovation Research & Development group with specific focus on sun care.

Antony Young

Antony Young, Kings College London, UK

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