SCS Symposium to focus on how science is mapping the industry’s future

By Simon Pitman

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SCS Symposium to focus on how science is mapping the industry’s future
The annual SCS Symposium will open its doors in Oxford, England at the end of the month, with a full conference programme that will focus on how scientific advances are shaping up the industry’s future.

The Symposium well be held between April 31st​ and May 1st​ and will feature a selection of world renowned industry speakers who will all be discussing the different ways in which science is helping to advance the industry.

The two-day programme will include a list of 14 speakers, as well as Barbara Brockway, SCS president, who will serve as chair for the first day’s programme, and Andy Postles, who will serve as chair for the second day.

Some of the world's leading scientific minds will speak

Talking about the group of speakers the SCS has managed to recruit for the event, Brockway said:

“They are experts in stem cells, nanotechnology, smart materials, and other areas of the industry where professionals would like to know a little bit more.

“I feel that our industry is all about innovation and innovation comes from knowledge. The strength of attending this symposium is that in one location we are going to have everybody there and you can ask them all the questions you want to know, get the answers you need, then go back to your labs and innovate.”

Keynote presentation on stem cell technology

The first day of the programme will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Stephen Minger, cellular scientist life sciences, GE Healthcare, who is an expert in stem cell technology, who will be highlighting advances in preclinical drug discovery and human cell therapy, as well as the impact this will have on the cosmetics industry.

Another area that is generating a lot of excitement within the industry right now is 3D printing, and Justin Carpenter from 3D Active Printers will be discussing and demonstrating the impact this is likely to have in the future.

Peptides will be the subject of a discussion by Dr. Stephanie Allen, from Nottingham University, who will be focusing on the molecular interactions of peptides and how this knowledge can be harnessed to improve formulation efficacy.

The subject of how nanotechnology can be harnessed to enhance colour will be discussed Dr. Sylvia Vignolini of Cambridge University, whose presentation is likely to resonate particularly with colour cosmetic developers.

Datamonitor to provide an overview on technological advances

An overview of how technology is helping to shape the future of the industry will also be given by research analyst Katie Page from Datamonitor, who will be focusing on the key technologies that are on the horizon and how they are likely to take shape in the future.

“The Symposium concludes with Datamonitor taking us from now into the foreseeable future and will pass the mantle to Futurist, David Woods who will lead our imaginations far beyond that… “​ said Gem Bektas, SCS secretary general.

“You will hear about the very latest scientific advances and listen to world renowned experts in stem cell technology, 3D printing and bio-printing skin cells, nanotechnology, rapid screening technology in the formation of anti-ageing actives and self-healing smart polymers, how big data will change our lives, the future of neuroscience and how our brains appreciate well-being and process touch.”

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