HBA technical conference goes under the skin

By Guy Montague-Jones

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Beauty from within, stem cell technology and other cutting edge cosmetic technologies will be unpicked at the HBA Global Expo technical program next month.

The conference will stretch across the three days of the trade show in New York starting on September 9 with an in-depth look into the skin at different ages.

Meyer Rosen, the chief scientific advisor for HBA Global Expo, said the session would give attendees an insight into the mechanisms of aging and therefore help spark ideas for anti-aging products.

Skin and aging orientation

The skin and anti-aging will be at the heart of the technical conference program with other sessions focused on new entrants in the battle against aging.

Stem cells are new to the battlefield and have provoked excitement and condemnation in equal measure. Leading scientists working on the development of stem cell technologies in cosmetics will explain its power to recapture the fountain of youth.

Another novelty in skin care is edible beauty and one session is set aside on the third day to discuss the beauty from within trend directly.

Other sessions such as ‘novel well-being concepts and how to protect them’ will also cover the consequences of the growth in edible or drinkable beauty products.

Yet another unusual entrant on the skin care market is lasers and light systems which have now moved from beauty salons to homes.

A session at the conference will be dedicated to these products with speakers invited to discuss the new market and the opportunity for new complimentary skin care products.

Ingredient technologies also play a prominent role in the line up for the technical program with a host of speakers invited to provide their answers to a session that asks which new ingredients formulators cannot afford to miss or develop.

Efficiency session attracts high numbers

Away from the formulation side of the conference one the most popular sessions so far is a session entitled ‘new tools for managing quality, distribution, cost reduction and accelerating time to market’.

The current economic climate, with high oil prices and falling consumer confidence, goes a long way to explain the high number of registrations for the session. Companies are looking carefully at how they can cut costs and protect their profits.

Conference organizer, Meyer Rosen, said that as gas prices are rising, manufacturing in countries such as China is becoming less attractive and so firms are beginning to return home.

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