Delegate Profile

James Wilmott

Job TitleFounder, Chief Technical Officer and General Manager

Company NameLeading Edge Innovations, LLC


Jim Wilmott has over 44 years of experience in the creative design, development and manufacture of new products for the health and personal care industry.  He has held past positions with the Lever Brothers Company, Bristol-Myers Products, Avon Products, and DowBrands, L.P.  Jim was Vice President of Product Development for Mary Kay Holding Corporation where he managed the new product and process development programs.  He also developed and initiated programs to improve the motivation, productivity and proficiency of the R&D staff through relevant skills development.

Jim was the Vice President of Consumer Products for Collaborative Laboratories, where he was responsible for both technical and business development.  He was instrumental in the identification, development and marketing of new raw ingredients, finished goods, and in vitro and in vivo performance evaluation assays.  He developed an innovative new formulation alternative to emulsion-based Rx, OTC, and Personal Care products that was the basis of 10 patent applications.  Jim was issued patents for the customization of products to meet the specific needs of virtually everyone in the world and a method of assessing and translating consumer need requirements in tangible specifically designed products.

Jim has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Australia and Europe, and he is familiar with the customs and personal care needs of the consumers in these locations.  He is knowledgeable about the current and emerging marketing and technology trends throughout the world.  He has written many technical and managerial articles for trade and peer reviewed publications.  Jim has authored over 30 patent applications and has received 17 US and global patents for the introduction of innovative technology into the personal care market.

Jim was the Executive Director of Global Skin Care for Chanel, and was most recently the Sr. Vice President of R&D and Chief Technical Officer for the Outsourcing Services Group, which was North America’s largest contract manufacturing company consisting of 10 separate manufacturing locations.

Jim founded Leading Edge Innovations in 2008 with the purpose of bringing unique, highly functional products to the Cosmetic, Personal Care and OTC market.  The company's focus is to identify emerging market trends and marry them with new technical approaches to create innovative aesthetic and performance solutions to meet market demands.  He has continued to refine the process of developing personalized products which has been the bases of several recently launched initiatives on the market.

Jim received a Bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry from Lehigh University, a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University and conducted three years of additional research as a doctoral candidate in Biochemistry at Rutgers University.

Conference Sessions

  • From skincare to fragrance - How the digital revolution is personalising cosmetics

    Wednesday13:30 - 17:3003 April 2019
    Workshop Room 1

    BOOK THIS WORKSHOP This all-inclusive practical workshop follows on from the success of our 2018 In Cosmetics Formulation Summit, "Up Close & Personalised", wh...

    • Language: English

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