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Students visit In-Cosmetics Tradeshow in New York

Samantha Parrott, Mark Chandler, and Sienna Gerdeman

Samantha Parrott, Mark Chandler, and Sienna Gerdeman

Samantha Parrott and Sienna Gerdeman, P2 students in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program, attended the In-Cosmetics North America Tradeshow on New York City’s Pier 36. The trade show consists of about 148 different booths of different supplier companies, including Wacker, Sensient, Ashland, Actives, AkzoNobel, Nexeo, and KOBO. They visited each booth at the event, making contacts and networking for jobs in cosmetic science. They were also able to share information about the the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design at UT with companies looking for new talent.

Ms. Parrott and Ms. Gerdeman learned about the latest innovations in the industry by talking one on one to those in the industry. They were amazed by the latest technologies that were entering the market, such as color-changing lipstick and new methods of quality testing.

The water-based nail polish and skin softening shower gel that Ms. Gerdeman had made during her summer internship at Wacker Chemical Corporation were also featured at the tradeshow. The students also met with Mark Chandler of ACT Solutions, Inc., and he tried Ms. Gerdeman’s nail polish.


Cosmetic Science students attend Society of Cosmetic Chemists meeting

 Selena Asgedom, An Huynh, Huangying Zhao, Melanie Dzyak, Sydney Holland, Shanin Jacquay, Sarah LaVanture, and Carissa Clift

Selena Asgedom, An Huynh, Huangying Zhao, Melanie Dzyak, Sydney Holland, Shanin Jacquay, Sarah LaVanture, and Carissa Clift

Submitted by The P1 class, Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design 

P1 students from the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design major had the privilege of going to the Society of Cosmetic Chemist Michigan Chapter meeting in Big Rapids, Michigan at Ferris State University. We arrived to the university’s campus early afternoon to attend a presentation given by the executive board of the chapter. The presentation was about careers in the cosmetic industry and why making cosmetics is a science. After the talk, we had the opportunity to display posters and to network with major cosmetic companies such as Dow Corning and Amway before the meeting officially started.

There were two lectures given by guest speakers that day entitled, “Green Fragrance Solubilizers” and “Exopolysaccharides – EPS.” They were both very interesting and educational and gave us all an insight into the science of formulation. After the talks, we were able to continue networking over a lovely meal catered by the university. As a class, we graciously appreciate the funding from the dean’s office that made this trip a success. None of the students that went had ever been to a SCC meeting before, and we were very excited that we had the opportunity to go thanks to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We gained so much knowledge on the industry and the science behind formulating.


Cosmetic Science students in national spotlight

Dr. Gabriella Baki, far left, with students from the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program

Dr. Gabriella Baki, far left, with students from the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program

In fall 2015, the P1 and P2 Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design students attended an educational seminar about advanced skin care organized by the Michigan Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) chapter. SCC is the national organization for the cosmetic and personal care industry. At the seminar, which was held in Grand Rapids, Mich., most of the P2 students presented posters to the industrial attendees.

UT students represented the only population of students at the meeting, as our college’s Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program is the only one of its kind in the nation.  The Michigan SCC chapter covered the cost of the 2016 SCC membership fee for UT students.

Five UT cosmetic science students – one from the MS in Industrial Pharmacy program and four P2 Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design students – were invited and sponsored by the national SCC office to attend the annual SCC meeting, which took place in Manhattan, NY in December 2015. Each of the invited students presented posters at this event, which welcomed nearly 1,000 attendees from all over the US and Europe. Students received complimentary registration and hotel accommodations in addition to $250 toward travel expenses.


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.


Cosmetic Science Symposium, Part II

Hillary Phillis, a cosmetic science and formulation design student who will graduate in May 2015, reports on her participation in a second cosmetic science symposium.

In October 2014, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and ACT Solutions Corp supported my attendance at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists 2014 Sun Exposure Symposium in Edison, NJ. The one-day event included speakers from the industry, vendor tables and student posters. Seven individuals from the industry spoke throughout the day on Topics such as “Studying and Assessing Human Pigmentation,” “A Sunscreen for the World- A Universal Challenge in Sunscreen Development,” and “Broad Spectrum Sunscreens: Challenges and Opportunities” were elaborated by the seven presenters, and attendance was high at the symposium. Companies such as Croda, DSM, Clariant, Kobo, Ashland, and Extracts & Ingredients LTD were well represented.

I participated in the poster competition at the symposium with about 10 other students from universities and companies across the country. My poster detailed the research I conducted during my summer internship with ACT Solutions Corp. I provided a short description of my work and how it could easily be related to a sun care formulation. Three anonymous judges passed through the posters and I am proud and honored to have received first place in the poster competition at the NY SCC 2014 Sun Exposure Symposium. I cannot express my gratitude enough for this wonderful opportunity to enhance both my education and future career!


Presenting at a Cosmetic Science Symposium

phillisHillary Phillis, a cosmetic science and formulation design student who will graduate in May 2015, reports on her participation in a cosmetic science symposium. Part II will be featured in the March 2015 issue of Refill.

In September 2014, students in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program traveled to the Future of Beauty Symposium hosted by the Michigan chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The symposium was held in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Dean Early sponsored our lodging expenses. At the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, we had the opportunity to network over hors d’oeuvres with cosmetic science industry professionals from businesses such as BASF, Dow Corning, Centerchem, Thor, Laurichem, Amway, and ShinEtsu.

The day of the symposium was filled with guest speakers who spoke on topics such as “The Future of Beauty: Trends & Innovations to watch,” “Regulatory Aspects of Non-Traditional Preservatives,” “Future Trends in Cosmetic & Personal Care Ingredients,” and “The Future of Testing and Ethnic Skin Care.” Four students, including myself, participated in the student poster competition, which included multiple poster sessions throughout the day. We introduced our posters and discussed multiple aspects of our research with members of the society.

I was honored to receive first place at the SCC MI Chapter fall symposium poster competition. I gave a short speech to the society upon receipt of my certificate and award money. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to participate in this event and gain experience in the industry.


May/June 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The May/June 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Spring 2014 Commencement
  • Women in Science
  • Class of 2014 Valedictorians
  • Student Recognition
  • Recent Grad Sets the Bar High during APPE Rotation
  • Alumnus Phil Miller earns highest honor
  • Pharmacy staff members earn advanced degrees
  • College Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Learners
  • Upcoming Events
  • Register online for the annual Golf Outing

College celebrates graduation of inaugural learners

Signing Ceremony 100On May 4, the morning of the college’s spring commencement exercises, the college hosted a special celebration recognizing the inaugural graduates of two new academic programs.

Three students—Kayla Banks, Sarah Breen and Alison Wery—were the first to complete the Cosmetic Science major in the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program.

Fernand “Mel” Bedi was the first to complete the PharmD/PhD dual-degree program, finishing his doctorate in medicinal chemistry after having earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012.

The graduates and their families were congratulated by university administrators, college faculty and staff, and many guests.

During the celebratory luncheon, the students’ degrees were signed by hand by the deans of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences or the College of Graduate Studies, giving the students a unique opportunity to see and even hold their actual degrees before the documents are processed by the office of the registrar and mailed to them later this summer.


March 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The March 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy
and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Agreement Signing with Al-Zaytoonah Private University of Jordan
  • Cosmetic Science program hosts seminar series
  • The Real World: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
  • CD3 Symposium
  • Upcoming Events