Cosmetic clinical study design and instrumentation - Advantages, limitations and opportunities

Cosmetic clinical study design and instrumentation - Advantages, limitations and opportunities

18 April 2018, 13:30 - 17:30

Workshop Room G102 - G103

Cosmetic human subjects clinical study design is a stand-alone discipline in the skin care industry. In recent years various instrumentation suppliers and clinical research laboratories offer a rich portfolio of testing possibilities. For example, to substantiate an anti-aging claim via photography and its analysis there are more than a few facial booths instrumentations available. As such, product development and marketing professionals are challenged with the question: How does one select the device that is most appropriate for the study objective and will best represent the projected activity of the formulation?

This session will focus on the newer instrumentation available for non-invasive skin analysis, comparison to existing well known options, their limitations, advantages and opportunities.

Devices that analyze for skin topography, surface attributes, microbiome, blood circulation, skin deep layers imaging are some of the topics that will be discussed by experts in the field.

Who should attend: Professionals in the cosmetic and personal care industry who are responsible or working in  a team for establishing efficacy claims in the following areas: research and development, formulations development, sales and marketing.

13:30 - 14:00     The use of instrumentation in facial photography - Relevant claims
Nava Dayan Ph.D. Owner, Dr. Nava Dayan LLC

The FDA and the FTC are carefully watching cosmetic products for non- substantiated misleading claims. If the claim is indeed misleading the consumer and drives to a purchase of a product that will not deliver its premise- this is an ethical matter. With the cosmetic industry striving to produce safer products, it should also further stream its scientific resources towards better testing products for their activity on the skin and provide fair translation into claims.

14:00 - 14:45     The use of spectroscopy in pre-clinical and clinical testing
Paul Cornwell, Technical Consultant & Business Development Manager, TRI Princeton

This presentation will show how vibrational spectroscopies, such as IR and Raman spectroscopy, can be used in pre-clinical settings to help prepare for full clinical tests on cosmetics products. These techniques can be used to investigate active penetration and product effects on skin barrier lipids, moisturisation and UV-protection.

This presentation will also show how IR and Raman spectroscopy have been successfully used in clinical tests to provide valuable additional information about active penetration and skin effects.

14:45 - 15:05     Coffee and networking break 

15:05 - 15:50     The study of skin using contact ATR measurements in the infrared
Mary Thomson, Director of Applications Development, Remspec Corporation

Mid-IR spectroscopy using an ATR probe is a convenient, and completely non-invasive, way to collect detailed information from the surface of the skin. This talk will focus on applications such measuring skin hydration, and tracking changes after applying products such as skin creams. A short discussion of potential calibration methods will be included.

15:50 - 16:35     Clinical studies – facial appearance assessment via photography
Dr. Craig Weiss, President, Consumer Product Testing Co., Inc.

During this presentation Craig Will discuss different bioinstrumentation, their appropriate uses and how to design a claim support study that will stand up to scrutiny.

16:35 - 17:00     Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Nava Dayan



    Dr. Nava Dayan L.L.C

    Nava Dayan Ph.D. Pharm has 25 years of experience in skin care segment, and has yielded more than 150 publication credits in numerous...

  • Paul Cornwell


    Technical Consultant & Business Development Manager

    TRI Princeton

    Paul Cornwell is a technical consultant and business development manager for TRI Princeton, a leading cosmetic science research institute based in...

  • Mary Thomson


    Director of Applications Development

    Remspec Corporation

    Mary Thomson is a chemist with a background in fuel chemistry and energy storage. She also has over fifteen years’ experience in the field of...

  • Dr. Craig Weiss



    Consumer Product Testing Co., Inc.

    Craig Weiss received a B.S. in biology for Monmouth College, prior to arriving at Consumer Product Testing Co. Craig held technical positions at Del...

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