Dr. Fred Zülli

Dr. Fred Zülli is the managing director of Mibelle Biochemistry Switzerland a business unit of Mibelle Group which develops and produces active ingredients for the personal care industry. He founded Mibelle Biochemistry more than 25 years ago and invented a large number of patent protected actives based on different technologies.

He previously worked at the Nestle Research Centre in Switzerland. His research focussed on molecular biology and genetics of commercial baker’s yeast strains.

Dr. Fred Zülli studied chemical engineering at the Technical Engineering School of Winterthur Switzerland and continued his studies at the ETH in Zürich to study molecular biology and biophysics. In his Ph.D. thesis at the ETH he investigated the thermostability of bacterial enzymes.

Currently he is active as Vice President in the Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists and was responsible for the scientific program of the IFSCC conference 2015 in Switzerland.

Dr. Elio Corrado Mignini

Graduated in Chemistry at the University of Milan (Italy), his career spent in a Personal Care & Cosmetic Multinational Company, covering different managerial roles: European Director of Cosmetic Product, Packaging & Process Development and European Quality Manager. He is an expert in Total Quality Management, ISO Certification and EFQM system management.

Dr. Elio Corrado Mignini was the IFSCC Past President (1994/1995), SICC Immediate Past President and SICC Educational Officer. At present, he is the SICC (Italian Association of Cosmetic Chemistry) General Manager.

Dr. Elio Corrado Mignini is teaching on “Cosmetic Legislation” at the University of Milan and “Integrated Quality” at the Universities of Ferrara, Pavia and Camerino respectively. He is the author of different papers and presentations on Cosmetics, especially in the field of Cosmetic Evaluation (Safety, Efficacy and Sensory) and Quality.

Dr. Mariko Egawa

Dr. Mariko Egawa is a senior researcher at Shiseido Co., Ltd. Japan. She has two Ph.D. degrees in information engineering and applied physics. To date, she has focused her research on the application of optics and spectroscopy techniques, including near-infrared spectroscopy, spontaneous Raman scattering microscopy, and coherent Raman scattering microscopy, for the evaluation of skin structure and conditions.

She is also working on mental stress evaluation by providing facial image evaluation. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in international journals on topics such as noninvasive optical skin analysis and non-optical skin function evaluation.

Professor Changtao Wang 

Professor Changtao Wang is working at the Beijing Food Nutrition and Human Health High-tech Innovation Center as a scientist. His main research areas includes: efficacy, development and application of plant ingredients; research on green cosmetics technology; research on cosmetic safety, efficacy and adaptability.

He has undertaken longitudinal projects such as the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, and the China Academy of Inspection and Quarantine. In 2008, he was named Beijing Science and Technology Star, and presided over and participated in many national projects such as the “863” project and the “11th and 5th” projects. As the first author or corresponding author, he published dozens of SCI and domestic core articles, edited 3 books, invented and authorized 16 patents.

Dr. Tony O’Lenick

Tony is President and co-founder of a silicone specialty company called Siltech LLC in Lawrenceville, Ga. Prior to that, he held technical and executive positions at various surfactant and specialty chemicals companies including; Alkaril Chemicals Inc, Henkel Corporation and Mona Industries. He has been involved in the personal care industry for over 40 years, and the author of ten books.

Tony was a member of various Society of Cosmetic Chemist committees including the Committee on Scientific Affairs and the Continuing Education Committee. He served as National (U.S.) treasurer, and is the 2015 President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

Professor Mark Cronin

Mark Cronin is Professor of Predictive Toxicology at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England. He has over 30 years expertise in the application of in silico approaches to predict the toxicity and fate of chemicals; in addition to development of strategies to develop alternatives to whole animal testing for toxicity.

Specifically, Cronin has specialized in the development and application of quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) to predict the fate and effects of chemicals relating to both human health and environmental effects with a focus on cosmetics ingredients. Current research includes the application of chemical grouping and read-across to assess human health
and environmental endpoints, particular the linking of the Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) to category formation.

Research in the area of the Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) has been in the development of new cancer and non-cancer datasets from which to derive the thresholds, as well as strategies for the use of TTC values for cosmetic ingredients.

This research effort has resulted in four books and over 270 publications in all areas of the use of (Q)SARs, expert systems, read-across and TTC to predict toxicity. He has worked in numerous projects in this area including more than ten EU Framework Projects, projects with Cosmetics Europe, as well as assisting in the uptake of in silico methods for regulatory purposes.