Oct. 25-26, 2022 | The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City – Arlington, Va.

Innovation is at the heart of the personal care products industry and delivering safe, high-quality cosmetics is the highest priority. Ensure your products meet regulatory, safety and quality requirements by improving your understanding of the latest science and technology promoting the successful development and marketing of personal care products. 

Open to both PCPC members and non-members, join more than 300 scientific and regulatory industry leaders to explore cosmetic science. The forward-thinking, interdisciplinary Symposium offers a chance to engage with colleagues and explore game-changing insights facing the industry in the areas of microbiology, quality assurance, safety and the environment.  

The Symposium includes two workshop tracks running concurrently on each day:

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet face to face and learn from the experts, exchange ideas, explore new developments and celebrate sound science.

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Oct. 25, 2022

Lezlee Westine, President & CEO, PCPC

Kurt Reynertson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products

Sabrina Behnke, Tri-K Industries, Inc.

Dennis Neeson, Colgate-Palmolive

Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

From antiquity, cosmetics ingredients were opportunistically derived from mineral, animal or botanical sources.  Over the past two centuries, petrochemicals have grown to comprise a larger or majority share of most cosmetic ingredients.  In the former case, the ingredients were produced very inefficiently, requiring large amounts of land, water or energy for just trace amounts of material.  In the latter case, the source material isn’t sustainable at all.  Synthetic biology and precision fermentation have emerged to offer more efficient and sustainable ways of manufacturing ingredients for cosmetics and many other products.  Advanced biotechnologies are being used to bring us back into nature with a much smaller footprint. 

This presentation will detail the production of synthetic-biology derived molecules suitable for use as novel cosmetics ingredients.  The ways in which microbes and enzymes are designed to democratize the rarest, most desirable molecules in nature will also be discussed. 

About the Speaker

Casey Lippmeier, Ph.D.
Vice President, Innovation

Casey Lippmeier, Ph..D., has more than 20 years of experience translating science into products in the biotechnology industry. He serves as the vice president of Innovation at Conagen Inc., a fully integrated biomanufacturing company using synthetic biology tools to deliver high-value ingredients to the food, flavor& fragrances, nutritional, pharmaceutical and renewable materials industries.

Prior to joining Conagen, Lippmeier was a principal scientist for DSM Nutritional Products, where he was an inventor of several diverse technologies, including strains and processes for production of healthy fats, fermentation-based biodiesel, and a faster, better and cheaper platform for production of many vaccines. He began his industrial career at Martek Biosciences where he helped to establish their molecular biotechnology group. While there, Lippmeier developed the strains which still today produce the DHA and ARA used to fortify most infant formulas globally.

Lippmeier received his graduate training at Dartmouth College and the University of Hull and his undergraduate education at the University of Maine. He serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals and does volunteer work for the U.S. DIY bio community.

Moderator: Leon Banks, Edgewell Personal Care LLC

Scott Dyer, LeTourneau University, USA

Regulatory authorities and retailers are aggressively banning chemicals found in consumer and industrial products. Specifically, these bans are targeting chemicals that bio-accumulate and persist in the environment leading to negative human health outcomes such as the proliferation of resistance pathways (resistant microbes). Regulations enacted over the last few years have directly impacted antimicrobials —such as triclosan and 18 related compounds — banning them from consumer soap and hand sanitizers. Major retailers have followed suit by further banning numerous preservatives and biocides commonly used in consumer products. Manufacturers have few alternatives to these chemical preservatives, which are readily found in paints, personal care products and household cleaning products.

Using cell-free protein synthesis in combination with chemical and genetic controls, Curie Co has developed a suite of tools to rapidly evolve antimicrobial enzymes to replace these banned preservatives. Development of these tools addresses a gap in current methodology by providing a toolbox for the rapid expression and selection of antimicrobial proteins and enzymes that are not readily produced using microbial fermentation. Enzymes are catalytic, evolvable, and biodegradable, which provides a cost effective and environmentally benign replacement for chemical preservatives.

About the Speaker

Erika M. Milczek, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Curie Co

Erika Milczek, Ph.D., is founder and chief executive officer of Curie Co, an industrial biotech company that engineers enzymes to replace biocidal chemicals banned by retailers and regulatory bodies. Milczek has over a decade of experience in developing enzymatic solutions to replace chemical technologies for pharmaceutical or industrial applications. Over her career, she has partnered with chemists, biologists and engineers to deliver novel enzyme solutions to the marketplace, such as, biocatalytic platforms for selective therapeutic protein functionalization in early-stage drug discovery; chemocatalytic C-H hydroxylation platforms using catalysts and enzymes to generate late-stage molecular diversity and API metabolites; and novel strategies for the directed evolution of enzymes requiring post-translational modifications.

Before founding Curie Co, Milczek was a senior process chemist in the Biocatalysis Group at Merck & Co, where she replaced chemical manufacturing processes with enzymatic routes for commercial drug synthesis and early drug discovery. She completed her Ph.D. at Emory University under the direction of Dale E. Edmondson and her postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University under the guidance of John T. Groves. 

Milczek has authored multiple book chapters, review articles and papers in the field of organic chemistry and biocatalysis in addition to being an inventor on several granted patents. Her work at Curie Co has been featured in Chemical and Engineering News Trailblazers’ Issue in 2020, and her work at Merck garnered Merck’s Special Achievement Award for Scientific Risk-Taking. Her service to the scientific community includes three terms, two terms as chair of Selection Committee for Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic and Bioorganic, American Chemical Society and service on the organizing committee of the Princeton ACS Organic Symposium. 

Andrew Heyes, University of MD Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)

Andress Johnson, Thor Specialties

Terry Amoroso, Procter & Gamble

Marty Williams, Waterborne Environmental

Andrew Dick, KDC One

Don Versteeg, EcoStewardship LLC

Tom Federle, Thomas W. Federle, LLC

Ileana Barreto-Pettit, FDA, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality Operations

Tom Myers, EVP Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, PCPC

Anne Wagner, Charles River Laboratories

About the Speaker

Carys Mitchelmore, Ph.D.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)

Steve Schnittger, SME

Kurt Reynertson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products

Sabrina Behnke, Tri-K Industries, Inc.

Oct. 26, 2022

Lezlee Westine, President & CEO, PCPC

Alex Kowcz, EVP Science, PCPC

About the Speaker

Linda M. Katz, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Office of Cosmetics and Colors
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

Linda M. Katz, M.D., is the director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics and certifies colors used in foods, cosmetics, drugs and devices. Katz joined the FDA in 1989 in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), first as a primary medical officer and later served as team leader and acting director of the Pilot Drug Evaluation Staff, which reviewed anti-rheumatic drugs, anesthetic agents and drugs of abuse. Her subsequent appointments in CDER included: deputy director of the Division of Dermatologic and Dental Drug Products and deputy director of the Division of Over-the-Counter Drug Products. In 2002, Katz joined CFSAN as director for the Office of Cosmetics and Colors and additionally served 10 years as the acting chief medical officer.

Katz received her M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and her B.A., manga cum laude, in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She did her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Rheumatology at the George Washington Medical Center. She is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and a fellow in the American College of Rheumatology. In addition, Katz has taught at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has numerous publications in the scientific and medical literature.

Ankur Mehta, Gartner, Inc.

Moderator: Cathleen Owen, Q Laboratories, Inc.

Terry Riss, scientific ambassador, Cell Health, Promega Corporation

Moderator: Kimberly Norman, Ph.D., DABT, ERT, PCPC

Alonza Cruse, FDA 

Sebastian Hoffmann, Cosmetics Europe LRSS / independent consultant

Alex Viehmann, FDA 

Steve Greer, ESi

Chihae Yang, managing director/CEO of MN-AM

Geoff Waby, ATL

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, senior science advisor, CFSAN, FDA

Moderator: AJ Cuevas, Combe Inc.


Moderator: Geoff Waby, ATL

Panelists: Susan Youngquist, EcoLabs; Tim King, Henkel; Nelson Webb, Procter & Gamble; and Joe Robinson, CA

Bart Heldreth, Ph.D., executive director, Cosmetic Ingredient Review

Barbara Wilimczyk-Macri, FDA 

Cathleen Owen, Q Laboratories, Inc.

Annie Ugurlayan, deputy director, National Advertising Division (NAD)

Moderator: Sara Farahmand, Edgewell Personal Care

Moderator: Tim Parrent, Mary Kay Inc.

Mason S. Myers, project manager, Regulatory Notifications, Intertek

Tim Parrent, Mary Kay Inc.

Kim Norman, PCPC

For sponsorship information and application, please see here.


Clariant is a world leader in specialty chemicals, offering a complete range of ingredients for formulations, including actives, mild surfactants, emollients, polymers, emulsifiers, preservatives and rheology-modifying polymers for consumer care products. The Personal Care portfolio includes ingredients that cover a wide range of applications, such as rinse-off and leave-on cosmetic formulations, men’s care, baby care, wet wipes, color cosmetics, hair styling and sun protection.

New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Suppliers’ Day will take place May 2-3, 2023 in New York. This event has emerged as the dominant and only, annual expo in North America for ingredients and formulation! Please visit:  www.nyscc.org/suppliers-day/.


SQA provides outsourced supplier management programs for quality-critical industries, including fully-managed programs for audits, assessments, engineering, source inspection, corrective action management, and remediation. SQA develops, implements, and executes supplier quality solutions that complement and extend client quality teams to secure and improve the global supply chain.


Alliance Technologies, an FDA registered, DEA licensed contract laboratory, has expertise in solving problems and developing analytical methods to support R&D, manufacturing, claims, or investigations.

Biomist is non-flammable alcohol vapor technologies for environmental disinfection. Our penetrating mist kills germs where they hide, then evaporates leaving surfaces dry and ready for use. For more information, visit www.biomistinc.com.


Charles River delivers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of leading micro QC products and services for home and personal product testing featuring Celsis® and  Accugenix®. 

Ecolab Life Sciences provides comprehensive solutions and technical expertise in cleaning, sanitization, and contamination control for pharmaceutical and personal care manufacturers. For more information, visit www.ecolab.com/lifesciences.

IIVS is a not-for-profit, GLP-compliant contract research organization focused on non-animal alternatives to toxicology and product safety testing. For more information, visit www.iivs.org.

Microbiologics is a leading provider of test-ready reference materials for microbiological quality testing. Their catalog includes quantitated microbial controls for growth promotion, method suitability, antimicrobial effectiveness, disinfectant efficacy, environmental monitoring and more.

Q Labs is an independently owned and operated contract testing laboratory with deep expertise in Personal Care Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry and Stability testing services.

Registrar Corp offers regulatory services and SaaS solutions to help cosmetics companies source suppliers, streamline workflow, and navigate requirements to better comply with FDA regulations. For more information, visit www.registrarcorp.com.

Stantec (ChemRisk) is a scientific consulting firm that is respected worldwide for its risk assessment experience, technical capabilities, industry leadership and pioneering spirit. For more information, visit www.cardnochemrisk.com.

Thor Specialties Inc. is a global leader in novel preservation systems for personal care. Stop by our tabletop to hear more about our Microcare Eco line. For more information, visit our website at www.thorsp.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Discounted Room rate  

$289 Single/Double + taxes and fees 

Cutoff date  

Reserve by Sept. 27, 2022, for PCPC discounted rate.  


4 p.m. 


11 a.m. 

Cancellation policy 

Cancellations are permitted 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid cancellation penalty of one night’s room and tax fee. 


Hotel reservation link will be sent in your registration confirmation email. Be sure to check your spam folder. If the email is not received, please contact events@personalcarecouncil.org.


Hotel, valet only: $45 daily 

Self-parking is available in the parking garage for the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, adjacent to the hotel.

The average high temperature in Arlington, VA, in October is 70°F. The average low temperature is 51°F. 

For more information/questions on program content, contact Stephanie Johnson, (202) 454-0353.
For more information/questions on registration, contact Shirley Gibbs, (202) 454-0345.
For more information/questions on sponsorship, contact Catherine McDonald, (202) 454-0310.

Full Meeting: $1,195 PCPC member | $1,595 nonmember 

One Day: $895 PCPC member | $1,095 nonmember 

Group Rate: Companies with 4+ employees contact Shirley Gibbs for discounted pricing. 

Cancellations received via email to meetings@personalcarecouncil.org by Sept. 25, 2022, will receive a full refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Sept. 25, 2022.  

Registration fees are transferable to another employee within your company. To make arrangements, please email your colleague’s name, title and email address to meetings@personalcarecouncil.org.

In the event the Science Symposium must be cancelled, PCPC will email all registered attendees with the option to convert their registration to another event or request a refund.  

Before all else, safety is our top priority. PCPC is committed to following all health and safety guidelines of the CDC, local government agencies and event venues. 

PCPC will provide face masks upon request, and hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the event space.

By attending the Science Symposium, you agree to comply with all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines adopted by PCPC, which have been recommended by the CDC, local government agencies and the event venues. Your acceptance of the Attendee Duty of Care is a condition of registration and participation in the Symposium. 

Any indoor space where other people are present holds an inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases. By attending this event, you agree to voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure and agree to not hold PCPC or any of their affiliates including sponsors, employees, contractors, volunteers, or the event hotel liable for illness. You agree to take necessary precautions while at the event as recommended by federal, state and local health authorities. You agree to not attend if you feel ill or have had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case.  


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Full Meeting Price  

Member: $1,195 
Member Group (4+): $1,095* 
Nonmember: $1,595 
Govt/Student: $395 

One Day Price  

Member: $895 
Member Group (4+): $795* 
Nonmember: $1,095 
Govt/Student: $295 

*Note: Member Group pricing is available for 4+ employees from same company registering at the same time. The first three registrants pay the standard member rate of $1,195. The discounted price of $1,095 will then be extended to include the fourth and any additional registrants. Please contact Shirley Gibbs to register your group (gibbss@personalcarecouncil.org; (202) 454-0345). Group registration is not available online.