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picture of colourful bottlesTHURSDAY 9 JUNE 2016

A Journey from Principle to Production

6.30pm start with a light buffet and refreshments

Venue: Society of Antiquaries,
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE  

We are going to bring to life the journey of a cosmetic product from first principles of blue sky brief ideation, through the industrialisation of the product and through to surprising and delighting the customer. 

Brief Ideation – Cuross Bakhtiar

Cuross will take us through the journey of brief ideation and the conversion from blue sky ideas into tangible and realistic “formulations”.  Cuross will highlight some of the support information needed to bring the brief to life and highlight some of the potential pitfalls.

Cuross first obtained his O and A ‘Levels at Gordonstoun School (Scotland).  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from St. Michael’s College, Vermont. He then obtained his M.Sc. degree from Imperial College (London University) in the development of new antibiotic using photo chemistry synthesis.  His Ph.D. was obtained in 1993 from Imperial College on Vitamin B1 (thiamine) synthesis and its chemical reactions in the active site of enzymes.  Cuross then carried out his first post-doctoral studies on Photo Dynamic Therapy (cancer treatment using lasers and dyes). His second post-doctoral study was carried out at Guy’s Medical School on Free Radical Research. Cuross has published many scientific papers and is the co-author of a university book “Lectures on Organic Chemistry” (Published by Imperial College/World Scientific Press 1997). 

Industrialisation – Andy Postles

Andy will continue illuminating the pathway of bringing the initial formulation through a factory and managing the conversation of the formulation into ‘fit for purpose’ making efficient use of the kit and technology available.

Andy is currently the Head of Technical and Creativity at Hampshire Cosmetics who are a Third Party Manufacturer for the cosmetics industry. Andy is responsible for the development, compliance and ‘scale-up’ of new products into the factory.  Andy has a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Bath and the Diploma in Cosmetic Science. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and also sits on the Society of Cosmetics Council and Scientific Program Committee organising and delivering industry wide events and lectures. He is also currently studying for a PhD in Applied Science in the field of Cosmetic Product Stability at Bournemouth University.

Marketing – Sam Farmer

Sam will complete the journey by identifying how the target customer a brand owner would identify, how the appropriate retail path is identified and given the best chance to succeed.

As a stay at home Dad, Sam created his range of Unisex personal Care products for teenagers after a trip to the supermarket to buy a deodorant for his children. Dismayed at the sexual stereotyping used to sell products to young adults, Sam developed the SAMFARMER brand and now sells in SpaceNK and Ocado.

Sam is a member of the SCS and an Ambassador for the Scrub up on Science education programme. He graduated in 2012 with the Diploma in Cosmetic Science from the SCS.

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