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April 2015 Refill e-newsletter

The April 2015 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • RADM Helena Mishoe to receive honorary doctorate
  • Visit from Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
  • Patient education saves a life by Hanin Chouman
  • Alumnus Alex Adams, PharmD ’09, receives national leadership award
  • Alice H. Skeens Award for Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
  • Alumna Alison Wery, BSPS ’14, embarks on a career in cosmetic formulation
  • Student awards and presentations
  • OPA Student Legislative Day
  • Meet Dr. Amit K. Tiwari and Angela Lopez, M.Ed.
  • Thank you to donors
  • Calendar of events

Alison Wery, BSPS ’14, embarks on a career in cosmetic formulation

weryAlison Wery, BSPS ’14, may not realize it, but she is a pioneer. One of the first students to graduate with the nation’s only Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design bachelor’s degree, she has a unique set of skills and knowledge to apply in the cosmetic industry. Now a formulation scientist for ACT Solutions Corp., Wery’s internship experience at Earth Supplied Products, LLC. in Naples, Florida helped to establish her career path while she was still a student.

“I was supposed to be working under the lab manager,” Wery said, “but I ended up being their only chemist for an entire summer. This gave me the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. I made samples of raw materials like extracts and butters to send to companies. I also dealt with international and domestic shipment of samples, and I oversaw production of raw materials, technical service, organic certification, reformulation of all natural and organic lotions, creams, and scrubs, along with microreview and analysis, and stability analysis. It really influenced me to want to formulate and be in the lab.”

Wery’s work deals with contract manufacturing, which includes matching the formulations of products that are currently on the market with only the ingredient list as a guide. It’s like solving a mystery, one ingredient at a time.

“Trying to match a product with mislabeled or missing ingredient information is difficult, especially when the client doesn’t want any deviations from the ingredient listing. Also, certain ingredients don’t have to be listed on the label depending on their overall reason for use, solubilization for example. Ingredients also have different forms, and figuring out which form was used can be tricky; dimethicone, for example, has different grades – 5, 10, 100. 200, 350 – all of which give slightly different textures to a lotion or cream,” Wery explained.

The work is complex and challenging. Fortunately for Wery, her work is directly related to the coursework and lab experiences she had in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program at UT.

“Knowing what each ingredient is – emollients, surfactants, and thickeners – along with the percentage to add and manufacturing procedure are all keys to what I do on a daily basis at my job,” she said.

What Wery most enjoys about her work is the success of the finished product.

“It is a lot like research in that you can do something a handful of times and it might not be quite right,” Wery said, “but once you tweak things, boom! You’ve got it!”

As her career progresses, Wery would like to move toward advanced formulation that includes revolutionary active ingredients, including transdermal drug delivery systems within the cosmetic field.

“A big issue in the cosmetic science industry right now is the delivery system for anti-aging ingredients and the goal of getting them into the deeper layers of skin for better results,” Wery said. “I would like to advance the research in this area.”

Even as Wery moves forward in her career, she appreciates what she learned in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her class notes still come in handy, too. “I still look back at them sometimes for manufacturing procedures for certain products that we made in lab and even for information about the structure and pH of the skin, hair and nails,” she said.

Wery, who calls herself an “avid shopaholic,” is excited to have found a career path that blends her love of science and research with her desire to create personal care products like those she finds in her favorite high-end cosmetic boutiques. As the college continues to increase enrollment in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design major, more graduates like Wery will redefine the many ways we improve the human condition.