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Speaker Spotlight: Steve Schnittger

Steve Schnittger is presently the Vice President – Global Microbiology and Fermentation – R&D for the Estee Lauder Companies. He has been with Estee Lauder for over 20 years, all within the Microbiology and Bio-Ferm Lab.  His primary responsibilities are in the area of cosmetic preservation and advising the chemists on new formulations. Other responsibilities include:  developing new active ingredients through fermentation, advising manufacturing on cleaning and sanitization procedures, and assisting quality assurance and manufacturing when problems arise.  Steve works closely with the Safety Group in finding the balance between safety and product preservation.

Before coming to Estee Lauder, Steve worked for Ralston Purina Company and attended school at the
University of Tulsa, majoring in microbiology.  He is past chairman of the CTFA Microbiology Committee, an active member of the U.S. TAG / ISO committee for Cosmetic Microbiology, and a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Institute of Food Technology.  Steve holds numerous patents in cosmetic science, fermentation and frequently is asked to give presentations on preservation, risk assessment and fermentation.

Steve will be speaking on October 25th at our annual Educational Seminar.  Join us at Assumption College to hear his presentation:  “The State of Cosmetic Microbiology and Preservation Today”.  Click here for the full list of speakers.  You can register on-site or online using PayPal.