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Speaker Spotlight: Rocco Burgo

Rocco is currently the Chief Scientist for INOLEX where he has served for over thirty-five years.  During this period, he has held positions in Analytical Sciences, Process Development (engineering scale-up) and Product Development (synthesis and applications).  His career focus has been the research, development and commercialization of new products serving the polyester polyol polymer, urethane polymer, synthetic ester lubricant, and personal care industries.  He is the principle or co-author of over thirty patents and applications. Rocco feels that his greatest strength is interacting with customers to understand a need, then marrying that need with an INOLEX solution, a product concept that can be successfully commercialized in a reasonable period of time.

Rocco obtained his degree in Chemistry from Rowan University, and completed post-graduate work in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University.   His hobby is music as a drummer with particular interest in 1970’s era progressive rock and jazz fusion.

Rocco will be speaking on October 25th at our annual Educational Seminar.  Join us at Assumption College to hear his presentation:  “Natural Preservative Options”.  Click here for the full list of speakers.  You can register on-site or online using PayPal.

Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Patrick Crowley

Patrick Crowley is a Pharmacist by training and has spent his entire career involved in dosage form design, analysis and delivery in the UK and USA. He made significant contributions, as laboratory scientist, team leader and department manager in the development of over twenty novel molecular entities as commercial medicinal products. These included chemical (synthetic) entities, semi synthetics, fermentation products, vaccines and biopharmaceuticals as oral (liquid and solid), parenteral and topical presentations.

Since retiring as a Vice President in Pharmaceutical Development at GlaxoSmithKline Patrick has operated as an independent consultant. He is also a Visiting Professor at The School of Pharmacy, Kings College, London, teaching classes on Biopharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Immunotherapeutic agents. He also teaches modules on Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacture at a Masters Course for Regulatory Affairs Professionals organized by The European Organization for Professional Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA), and has worked with a Team that developed an ONLINE teaching module for Regulatory Affairs professionals in European Union countries (PHAR-IN program), specifically for acquiring an awareness of biopharmaceutical dosage form design manufacture and evaluation.

He does not enjoy running (apart from crossing the finish line) but, nevertheless runs regularly, including annual participation in the Boston Half-Marathon. He looks forward to meeting some (similarly slow) runners at the meeting and possibly a pre- or post-session run.

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

Speaker Spotlight: Tia Alkazaz

Tia Alkazaz is currently the Technical Marketing Manager of Active Micro Technologies. Fueled by her interest in cosmetic microbiology, Tia focuses on the study of innovative peptide technology and other alternative antimicrobial materials that are effective, safe, and stable to both chemists and consumers alike. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Mount Union and a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science with a Concentration in Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati.

Tia will be speaking on October 25th at our annual Educational Seminar.  Join us at Assumption College to hear her presentation:  “Rethinking Preservation:  Novel Antimicrobial Peptides as Natural Alternatives for Upholding Product Integrity.”  Click here for the full list of speakers.  You can register on-site or online using PayPal.

All About Aerosols

The New England Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, in conjunction with local hair care brand, Living Proof, is pleased to host aerosol expert, Jim Hammer, at our chapter meeting on Thursday, September 20th.

Over his 30 year career, Jim has created many new and innovative consumer products, including health and beauty aids, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, dietary and sports supplements, household cleaners and detergents, chemical specialty products, and foods. A member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Jim is a recognized industry expert, and frequent contributor to magazine, newspaper and website articles, including “Allure”, “Health”, “Cosmopolitan”, “Shop, Etc.”, “The New York Times”, “InStyle” and many others.  A quick internet search for “Cosmetic Chemist Jim Hammer” will reveal just a few of his many contributions to the beauty industry.

The event will be held at Living Proof’s Style|lab at their headquarters located at 301 Binney Street in Cambridge, MA.  Parking is available in the garage under the building, on the street, or at the One Kendall Square Garage located down the street at 389 Binney Street.  Jim’s presentation will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner and dessert.  You can register online here or on-site.

Thank you, Golfers!

A belated thank you to everyone who joined us for our Fifth Annual Golf Outing in June.  Andrew Slesinski picked a beautiful day once again, as evidenced by some of the pictures below.  It was one of our most successful outings to date.  To see all of the pictures from the day’s event, click here.

Update Tee Time!

To everyone golfing with us on Thursday;

Please note that the start time has changed.  Due to some confusion with the course, registration will begin at 9:30 am, and the shotgun start will begin promptly at 10:30 am.  This is 30 minutes earlier than previously posted.

In other news, the weather for Thursday is currently forecasted to be sunny, warm, and dry.  Fingers crossed this holds true on Thursday.

Again, we apologize for the confusion and look forward to seeing everyone on the green on Thursday.

The New England SCC Board

Don’t Miss Out

The Fifth Annual Golf Outing in coming up soon! Register now to join us on Thursday June 14th.

You can register online or by downloading the registration form here.  Payment is accepted by Paypal or check.

Also, we still have sponsorship opportunities available. Sign up to sponsor a hole. $250 includes a sign at a designated tee box, along with your company’s name scrolling on GPS located in the golf carts. You can sign up to sponsor a hole online or by downloading our sponsorship form here.

Look forward to seeing you on the links next month!

The Science of Soap

Did you know that men (and women) have been making soap for nearly 5000 years?  An early formula for soap was found etched on a clay tablet dating back to ancient Babylon!

Soap is still around today, ranging from the ever popular Dove syndet bar with “1/4 moisture” to Shiseido’s $100 Cle de Peau Synactif Soap (yes, you read that right. . . $100 for soap).  But what makes soap, soap?  How is it different from a surfactant based product?  How is it made?  And, more importantly, how can we leverage it in new products today?


Join us on April 26th to learn all this and more as Twincraft‘s Curt Durfee leads an open discussion on the history of soap, what saponification is, the differences between liquid and solid soap, how to formulate soap, and more.  The meeting will be held at Nuovo Restaurant in Worcester.  You can register online here, or on-site.  Curt’s presentation will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner and dessert.


Coming Soon to CT

Looking to escape the cold of New England?  No need to venture far. . . the Connecticut SCC has some great events to take your mind off dreaded Nor’easters.

Join them on March 20th at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.  Joseph J. Cincotta, the brains behind successful brands such as ColorWow Hair Care and TimeBomb Anti-Aging Skin Care, will be presenting on “Inspiration for Hair Care Products”.  Click here for more information.

And, if you need a break from the office, what better place than on the fairway.  Dust off your clubs for the CTSCC’s 10th Annual Golf Outing, held on April 27th at the Lake of the Isles in North Stonington, CT (aka, Foxwoods).  Click here for more information.  It is a great opportunity to improve your game in advance of the NESCC’s 5th Annual Golf Outing.

Registration information for both events can be found on the Connecticut SCC website.