The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

 Tama L. Drenski

WHAT’S PATENTABLE – ISN’T IT OBVIOUS?

Where:
Vaccaro’s Trattoria
1000 Ghent Rd
Akron, OH 44333

When:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Reception starts at 5:00 pm
Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner includes: Salad, Bread, 1 Beverage, and Homemade doughnuts

 Entree Selection:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Eggplant Involtini
  • Grilled Vegetable Risotto

RSVP Info: Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event.  Please RSVP to Steve Smith at lakeeriescc@gmail.com by Friday, May 15th.

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.

 Abstract:

There are three requirements for patentability: usefulness, novelty and obviousness. Proving that your invention is non-obvious can be the highest hurdle to overcome in applying for a patent. The Patent Office Examiner may take the position that your invention is merely an obvious combination of known materials. (Easy for him to say…isn’t hindsight always 20/20?). The burden is now on you to prove that your invention is not obvious. What does this mean and how may it be done? The basics of patent law will be discussed, and suggestions for anticipating and overcoming obviousness-type rejections will be provided. Actual cases will be reviewed in search of the elusive concept of “unexpected results.”

 

Bio:

Tama Drenski is a principal attorney with Renner Kenner. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tama was a research chemist for British Petroleum. She is a co-inventor on five U.S. patents related to heterogeneous catalysts. Tama prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients, and provides counseling and strategy concerning infringement and enforcement issues. Tama also provides full-service copyright and trademark representation, including domestic and foreign registration, strategic portfolio management, licensing and litigation. Tama participates in the Women in Law section of the Akron Bar Association, and serves as a mentor in the Lawyer-to-Law Student Mentor Program. She is active in American Chemical Society, where she is the local coordinator for Project SEED. In addition, Tama is a local officer of Iota Sigma Pi, a National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.

 

The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

 

Nic D. Leipzig, Ph.D.

“Chronic wound healing and the central nervous system (CNS)”

 

Where:                 Beau’s Grill

3180 W Market St.

Akron, OH 44333

 

When:        Tuesday, March 17 2014

Reception starts at 5:00 pm

Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

 

Dinner includes: salad and an entree of choice.

 

Entree Selection:

Lemon Butter Chicken Breast
Sautéed Chicken Breast with Zesty Lemon Butter Sauce, Served over Angel Hair Pasta and Seasonal Vegetables

Tri-Colored Tortellini
Cheese filled Tortellini in a Roasted Garlic Asiago Cream Sauce served atop Grilled Garden Vegetables.

Eggplant Manicotti
Sliced Eggplant Stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Herbs Topped with a Zesty Marinara Sauce accompanied with Seasonal Vegetables.

 

RSVP Info:  Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event.  Please RSVP with your entree choice to Steve Smith lakeeriescc@gmail.com by Friday, March 13th.

 

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.

 

Abstract

Dr. Leipzig has active research funding for the study of syringomyelia (Conquer Chiari Foundation) as well as the translation of oxygenated hydrogel dressings for wound healing (NIH).  Additionally, he recently formed a company and was selected for Ohio Third Frontier funding (TVSF) to commercialize his oxygenated wound dressing technology.

 

Bio

Nic D. Leipzig is the Iredell Chair Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Akron. He received a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University (Houston, Texas) in 2006 under Dr. Kyriacos A. Athanasiou (Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) in the department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from 2006 to 2009 under Dr. Molly S. Shoichet (Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry). Previously Dr. Leipzig has studied single cartilage cell mechanics and gene expression changes due to mechanotransduction as well as the development of protein-biomaterial scaffolds to specifically guide adult neural stem cell differentiation. His current research focuses on tissue engineering integrating custom 3D engineered microenvironments. He is especially interested in chronic wound healing and the central nervous system (CNS) with the objective of generating new clinical treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Nic Leipzig currently has 22 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters and a patent pending. He has active research funding for the study of syringomyelia (Conquer Chiari Foundation) as well as the translation of oxygenated hydrogel dressings for wound healing (NIH).  Additionally, he recently formed a company and was selected for Ohio Third Frontier funding (TVSF) to commercialize his oxygenated wound dressing technology.

 

The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

 Thomas Marting

   “Biomimicry – Driving Sustainable Innovation”

Where:           Beau’s Grill

                           3180 W Market St.

                            Akron, OH 44333

When:              Tuesday, November 18, 2014

                              Reception starts at 5:00 pm

                              Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner will include: Salad and an entree of choice

 Entree Selection:

  • 8 oz Angus Top Sirloin with sautéed mushrooms, onions and garlic with home fries
  • Grilled Salmon with Asian vegetables, sticky rice and chipotle-ponzu sauce
  • Ravioli Trio – red pepper and smoked mozzarella, cremini mushrooms and fontina goat cheese and black pepper with a vodka tomato cream sauce

RSVP Info:       Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event.  Please RSVP with your entree choice to Steve Smith lakeeriescc@gmail.com by Friday, November 14th.

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.

Abstract

Biomimicry is an approach to sustainable innovation that involves emulating biological forms, processes, and systems optimized over 3.8 billion years of evolution. As a means of integrating Biomimicry into their innovation process, GOJO is sponsoring a Biomimicry PhD Fellow, Emily Kennedy, from the University of Akron. She spends two days a week embedded in GOJO’s R&D department. Emily is one of many Biomimicry PhD Fellows embedded in companies around Northeast Ohio. Companies using Biomimicry are encouraged by how quickly they are seeing a return on investment in the University of Akron Biomimicry Fellowship Program. Tom Marting will discuss the Basics of Biomimicry, and also share a few success stories.

Bio

Tom Marting is the Sustainability and LCA Specialist for GOJO Industries Inc, the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. Tom brings his wide range of industrial experiences in process engineering, root cause analysis, project management, and plant engineering to tackle sustainability challenges. His training in chemical engineering and his background in environmental management give him a unique perspective on the practical ways to create efficiency and reduce environmental impacts across the value chain. This expertise has made Tom a highly sought after presenter, having been invited to speak at the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network at Ohio State University, the Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS), and the Manufacturing Education Council’s Sustainability & EHS Symposium.

At GOJO, Tom embeds life cycle thinking and creates sustainable value through the product development process by applying LCA, biomimicry, chemical hazard assessments, and other eco-design tools. He also leads cross functional teams that deliver results to the enterprise’s sustainability goals.

If any of you attended last December’s SCC event in NYC, you may recall Dr. Joseph Schwarcz, PhD and his lecture on miscommunication between the cosmetic industry and the general public’s consumers and media.  An interesting fact that stood out about misunderstandings with cosmetic ingredients was: “There is a notion that nature is good and synthetic is bad, which I have to confront this a lot in my career, but there are more parabens in blueberries than in a cosmetic product.”  He later received the Frontiers of Science Award on behalf of Cosmetics & Toiletries.   We are pleased to announce we will have a joint meeting with the Midwest Chapter and will be viewing his presentation live.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dr. Joseph Schwarcz, PhD
MCGill University

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

Cosmetics are under attack, although this is not the first time. Back in 1770, the English Parliament passed an act declaring that marriages could be pronounced null and void if the man had been “led into matrimony by false pretenses through the use of scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial teeth, false hair, bolstered hips, high heels or iron stays.” It is not quite clear what iron stays were, although likely they were used to steady features of the female anatomy beginning to droop. It remains a mystery whether anyone sought divorce after being disappointed that the “goods” were not as advertised, but it is safe to assume that cosmetic manufacturers were not happy with the situation. They also were probably not thrilled when Queen Victoria publicly declared makeup to be improper, vulgar and acceptable only for use by actors.

As is well-known to the industry, cosmetics are being assaulted again today, but for a different reason: harboring potentially toxic ingredients. Regulatory authorities are being challenged for not doing enough to protect public health. Finger-pointers range from faceless composers of inane e-mails to various activist organizations that bolster their crusade for “safer cosmetics” with references to scientific literature. Some accusations, such as the assertion that certain mascaras or lipsticks contain toxic amounts of lead, are unrealistic because toxicity is a function of exposure, and the exposure in lipstick is well below toxic levels. However, allegations that some cosmetics may contain hidden carcinogens or hormone-disrupting substances merit scrutiny. Hormones are active at extremely low concentrations, and some “endocrine disruptors” can be found in blood and urine samples at concentrations comparable to naturally occurring hormones.

The cosmetics industry is huge; the U.S. market alone nets $55 billion a year. Unlike pharmaceuticals in the United States, no pre-marketing testing for the safety of cosmetics is required—a fact often vociferously pointed out by cosmetic critics who infer that such a lack in regulations puts consumer health at risk. Of course, governments do not exactly maintain a “hands-off” policy. Canada has a “hot list” of some 500 chemicals that cannot be used in cosmetics, and before any item is marketed, its list of ingredients must be submitted to Health Canada for approval. Furthermore, Health Canada has the power to order the removal of products from stores if it decides there is any risk involved. Regulations are less stringent in the United States, where the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must prove that a product is dangerous before removing it from store shelves.

One reason that governments have not taken a heavy-handed approach and required the pre-market testing of cosmetics is that the cosmetics industry has an effective self-regulating program. The U.S.-based Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel is an industry-sponsored group of experts that includes representatives from the FDA as well as consumer organizations. It is charged with the responsibility of compiling and scrutinizing research that is relevant to cosmetic ingredients. The panel’s in-depth reports are used by industry to make decisions about product formulation.

Location is TBD
Reception: 5:00-5:45
Dinner: 5:45-6:30
Presentation: 6:30

 

The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

Nicole Koharik

“Leveraging Sustainability as a Driver of Customer-Focused Innovation: Understanding the evolving preferences of sustainability conscious buyers”

Where:         Vaccaro’s Trattoria

                        1000 Ghent Road

                        Akron, OH 44333             

When:           Tuesday, May 20th, 2014      

                        Reception starts at 5:00 pm

                                                Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner will include: Salad, Entree of choice and a dessert of warm doughnuts made to order

Entree Selection:

  • Chicken Piccata, anger hair aglio e oleo, lemon caper cream sauce
  • Salmon with roasted red pepper faro, grilled fennel, long stem artichoke olive tapenade fennel butter
  • Grilled Vegetable Risotto – eggplant, zucchini, squash, red& yellow peppers, baby heirloom tomatoes, warm pesto, micro greens

 RSVP Info:  Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event. Please RSVP with your entree choice to Steve Smith lakeeriescc@gmail.com by Friday, May 16th.

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.

 Abstract

An increasing number of consumers and business decision makers are viewing sustainability as tie-breaker in purchasing decisions. Products and services that offer added value by going beyond regulatory requirements to address evolving expectations and concerns of sustainability conscious buyers can deliver competitive advantage to organizations willing to listen. Learn which sustainability-related issues and preferences are shaping buying behaviors and discuss examples that illustrate how leading companies are leveraging these insights to develop differentiated sustainable product innovations.

 Bio

Nicole joined GOJO in 2006. As Global Sustainability Marketing Director, she has responsibility for the development of corporate, brand, communication and product strategies that advance GOJO global sustainability leadership.  Nicole has 15 years of business-to-business marketing experience and holds a Master’s in Communications Management. Nicole has been recognized for her contribution to sustainable business by third parties, including Crain’s Cleveland Business, who selected her as a 2013 Who to Watch in Sustainability honoree.

For LE SCC members, there is a FREE course being held on Thursday, May 8th 2014, “Practical Cosmetic Product Development”.  The course will take place at the Fairlawn DoubleTree (Click Here for Information), the same location of the first quarter’s meeting, and will be taught by Perry Romanowski.  We will be providing a light breakfast, buffet lunch, and snacks throughout the day.  The course will run from 9am to 4pm, so plan on arriving around 8:30am for breakfast.  At this point I would like to get a headcount of those who are planning on attending so I can work through some details with the venue.  Please reply to WarrenF@GOJO.com , by May 2nd, and let me know if you plan on attending the course.  You can also contact me with any questions/concerns (i.e. food allergies or dietary restrictions).

 Also, if there are any people in your organization that are not yet members of the SCC please feel free to share this invitation to them, this is great way to foster their interest. (Reminder, you must be a member of the SCC in order to attend).  Thanks for your time, and I hope to see you all on May 8th!