Full Education Programme 2017

  • The summit showcases the latest innovations in Biobeauty and gives a unique opportunity to talk one-to-one with the experts. Delegates will take away new insights, solutions and strategies for developing products that truly biotransform, as well as new connections and inspiration from their peers.

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  • Day 1 - Biotransforming Beauty

    Day 2 - Formulating with Nature

    Microbes producers and agents in beauty
    With all this talk about the Microbiome, what does your own skin's microbiome look like? The opening remarks of this year's in-cosmetics Formulation Summit, 'Scratching the surface' – is a brief introduction to the role of microbes in beauty and how the industry is increasingly becoming aware of skin's microbiome when formulating new products. Delegates will be offered the chance to have their own facial microbiome revealed, while we consider examples of the many potent cosmetic 'hero' ingredients that owe their existence to traditional fermentation (or to some of the aspects of biotechnology). Driven by consumer concerns about our planet we are hearing more and more how food waste being bioconverted into cosmetic materials and now even fragrance ingredients are being made from fermentation on a commercial scale. It's exciting to think that these Biotransforming processes are not only benefiting the environment but are also the route to creating 'new naturals'. Microbes on skin, not so long ago, were 'the problem to be removed'. Now, as we learn more about the importance of the human microbiome, we realise these microbes are essential for healthy skin, scalp & hair care.  
    Green replacements for petrochemicals
    The fastest way to making products greener is to replace materials derived from petrochemicals with chemically identical materials made through biotransformations such as fermentation. Solvents, Surfactants and fragrances are now being produced by fermentation on a commercial scale. In this session we celebrate the successes that are making the biggest impact on greening our industry.
    Iconic global brands - success built on fermentation
    Many of the most prestigious products are founded on fermentation. We have invited one of the top prestigious brands to share some of the secrets behind the biotransformations that underpin their product's success. They explain the history behind the product and why fermentation is so important, turning users into devotees.
    The latest 'new natural' materials from biotechnology There are an increasing number of 'new natural' materials designed as replacements for familiar functional cosmetic materials. In this session, we survey the market place, let delegates know what materials are available, answer questions on how they are made, relative costs and how best to use them.
    Product trends – fermentation & the microbiome 
    Specialists in market intelligence reveal the top trends driving the beauty industry. Personal care is becoming greener, more transparent and socially responsible. Whether you are looking at the trend for traditional Asian fermented products or for reducing environmental impact, 'microbes' & biotransformations will be the core of the processes making these claims possible.
    Using key biotransformed cosmetic ingredients
    So how should we be using the most popular biotransformed ingredients? Can they be multifunctional or just a one for one replacement? Making them work synergistically with other ingredients could be the key to meeting tight cost targets? Experts help formulators make more of the new, biotransformed materials.
    Korean fermented products energise the market
    The beauty world looks to Korea for inspiration. An array of products from masks to creams deliver fermented actives to energise and purify. How are these new and traditional materials being used in Asia? Is the rest of the world about to follow Korea's lead?
    Marine inspiration – algae and UV protection
    Fast growing algae protect themselves from UV damage with mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs). It has been proposed that these natural sunscreens could 'biotransform' SPF products. As we move closer to their commercialisation, the Summit asks the academics to tell them more about these and the other algae derived materials, which are already here or are likely to be coming to the beauty industry soon
    Revealing the microbiome in pictures 
    Seeing is believing. For far too long the microbial world we all carry with us has been the 'elephant in the room'. Text book diagrams rarely show their presence on skin, yet all of us know they are a necessary part of skin's well-being. This session will give delegates a clear idea of the nature of skin's microbiome. It will help clear up confusion and inspire new product development.
    Intracellular 'housekeeping – Autophagy the new approach to antiaging 
    A new approach to anti-aging. The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was presented in to Yoshinori Ohsumi to acknowledge his work on discovering the mechanisms of autophagy so we are proud that the cosmetics industry was already poised to take full advantage of this discovery. In essence, by promoting autophagy we are promoting good 'intracellular housekeeping' so keeping cells healthy and efficient. In this session, we hear more about how autophagy is being used as a mechanism for antiaging and well-being.
    Biofilms and their role in skin ecology
    Every time you clean your teeth you remove a complex community of microbes held in position with biofilm. The extracellular polysaccharides making up biofilms are already used in cosmetics to provide protection and moisturisation. In this session, we examine the role of biofilms in skin's complex ecology and look to their future in formulating for the microbiome and beyond
    Bioprotection from polluting nanoparticles
    Since last year's summit the market for pollution protecting products has mushroomed. The fine nanoparticles have been shown to cause some of the worst damage. In this session we look at a natural approach to protection and removal of polluting nanoparticles.
    Keeping hair & scalp microbiota in checks 
    Research has revealed major differences in scalp's microbial population between the normal population and those people suffering from dandruff etc. As sufferers have lower levels of Propionibacterium acnes and significantly higher levels of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Malassezia restricta, is developing products to rebalance the scalp microbiota the route to clearer,  shinier hair and the end to bad hair days? In this session, we learn more about the composition of the scalp microbiota and how hair can be biotransformed.
    Synthetic biology & biomimetic strategies leading to greater innovation
    Early attempts at human flight were modelled on how birds fly. Legend has it that it was when, following a country walk, the Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral removed burrs from his trousers that he invented Velcro. How many other inventions owe their existence to a keen observation how nature resolves problems? Synthetic biology is a term now being used in personal care. It is an emerging field that applies engineering principles to the fundamental components of biology and is the thinking behind the processes leading to many of the 'new naturals' discussed in the previous session. Biomimetic strategies are also beginning to be used in NPD. This is where the 'how does nature do it' approach is used to finding new solutions to cosmetic problems. In this session, we hear from experts on how the beauty industry is taking inspiration from nature to develop new products.
    A close look at preservatives, prebiotics and probiotics for a healthy microbiome
    Do preservatives protecting cosmetics from spoilage upset the balance of the microbiome? How can formulators walk the tight rope between preserving products and encouraging the microbiome? Just because a material is a prebiotic or probiotic for the gut does that make it useful in topical products? We take a fresh look at preservatives and offer answers to these fundamental questions.
    Bioavailability & optimum delivery - Learning from Pharma
    By optimising bioavailability through biotransformations and by choosing the best delivery vehicles, formulators can fine-tune formulas to fit their budgets as well as satisfying the consumer's expectations. Increasing bioavailability and targeting delivery are techniques which pharma has made their own. In this session, we learn from pharmacology how to make the best use of actives.
    Validating microbiome claims – including the latest DNA techniques 
    Novel claims require new validation methods. Advanced DNA techniques help us screen for new actives and to demonstrate efficacy they also have enabled us to identify and characterise the microbiome. Unsurprisingly, they are also offering us interesting ways to prove cosmetic claims. Experts in claims validation talk about the methods now being used for supporting claims about the microbiome.
    Epigenetics explained and tamed
    Epigenetics is a term being used in cosmetics but its importance and application to cosmetics is sometimes hard to understand. In this session, delegates will be given a clear explanation of epigenetics. They will hear how highly dynamic epigenetic mechanisms control stem cell differentiation by regulating the structure and function of genes. Many of the faults we address with cosmetics, including the main signs of aging, are as a result of changes in DNA and because of faulty regulation systems. Experts make this science simple as they guide us through.
    Can we use live Yoghurt? Important regulations & constraints on Biotransforming beauty 
    Live yogurt and using probiotics is fine for food but will they be allowed in personal care? Experts provide the answers and solutions to these issues and more
    Peptides/Enzymes to the rescue Peptides turned out to be far more than a trend. Along with enzymes they are amongst the most powerful tools for Biotransforming beauty. In this session, we hear how they are being used in personal care to produce the most efficacious beauty products.
    Expert panel answer questions on the drivers and constraints controlling biotransformations in beauty 
    Delegates get the opportunity to quiz the experts and get the answers they need to formulate with wisdom.
    Importance of formulating naturally in the circular economy & Closing discussion with the experts
    Life cycle analysis and the circular economy are driving responsible brands to think beyond developing and marketing the most effective products. More than ever before, formulators are challenged with creating products that are not only the best of their type, but also made with materials which were once waste or botanicals not grown on land needed for food. As matter cannot be destroyed but it is transformed, it is important to think how products (including packaging) enter the environment after they leave the user. In this session, these issues including microbeads are covered.


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