Navin M. Geria is chief scientific officer, AyurDerm Technologies LLCNavin Geria, former Pfizer Research Fellow is a cosmetic and pharmaceutical product development chemist and the chief scientific officer of AyurDerm Technologies LLC, which provides Ayurvedic, natural and cosmeceutical custom formulation development and consulting services to the spa-wellness-dermatology industries. He has launched dozens of cosmeceutical and ayurvedic anti-aging products in the market place. Geria has more than 30 years of experience in the personal care industry and was previously with Clairol, Warner-Lambert, Schick-Energizer, Bristol-Myers and Spa Dermaceuticals. He has nearly 20 US patents and has been published extensively. Geria edited the “Handbook of Skin-Aging Theories for Cosmetic Formulation Development” focus book published in April 2016 by Harry’s Cosmeticology. He is a speaker, moderator and chairman at cosmetic industry events.

Dr. Hilary Baldwin, the Medical Director of the Acne Treatment Research Center, is a board certified dermatologist with nearly 25 years of experience. Her area of expertise and interest are acne, rosacea and keloid scars. Dr. Baldwin received her BA and MA in biology from Boston University. She became a research assistant at Harvard University before attending Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed a medical internship at Yale New Haven Hospital before becoming a resident and chief resident in dermatology at New York University Medical Center. Upon graduation and board certification in dermatology, she joined the faculty of the dermatology department at The State University of New York, ultimately becoming Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the department. Over 20 years at SUNY she cared for patients, taught countless students, and conducted numerous clinical studies. Dr. Baldwin has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and published prolifically in journals. She served as a founding board member and second president of the American Acne and Rosacea Society. LAURENCE DRYER
Laurence Dryer, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience in the cosmetics industry, holding positions of increasing responsibility at companies including Avon Products, BASF, Neutrogena, Obagi Medical Products, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and The Honest Company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University Paris XI, a master’s degree in Neurobiology from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), a PhD in neuroscience from Florida State University and a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular neuroscience from Harvard Medical School. AANAND N. GERIA, MD
Dr. Aanand N. Geria is a board-certified dermatologist with practice in Spring Valley, NY and New York City. Dr. Geria received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Penn State University and graduated with a doctor of medical degree from Rutgers University. He is a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Health System and New York Medical College.


Dr. Greg Hillebrand is technology strategist for beauty at Amway, where he is involved in fuzzy front end disruptive innovation, technology surveillance, intelligence and ideation aimed at big and commercially attractive unmet consumer needs in beauty.Prior to joining Amway in 2012, Dr. Hillebrand was with Procter & Gamble for more than 26 years, serving in a variety of positions.

He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow, biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Jeanette Jacknin is a board-certified dermatologist specialized in holistic and cosmetic dermatology, and author of “Smart Medicine for Your Skin” originally published by Penguin-Putnam. A beauty consultant to Neutrogena Naturals for the past several years, she was asked to join the founding Complimentary and Alternative Medicine advisory group of the American Academy of Dermatology. Since 2009 she has enjoyed speaking on the science behind natural ingredients in cosmeceuticals at national trade shows such as EXPO WEST, EXPO East, Supply Side West, Supply Side East, HBA, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging.

Dr. Jacknin received her MS in Engineering from the University of Virginia and her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.


Julie Johnson is a Senior Project Director at HealthFocus International, a consumer insights company specializing in understanding consumer trends in health and nutrition.  With 20 years of experience at HealthFocus International, Julie is an authoritative resource for companies who need to understand consumer attitudes and behavior towards their health and nutrition choices. Julie works with major packaged food and beverage companies in many countries designing projects that will inform their decision making related to their strategies and brands. Julie also manages the development of the HealthFocus Global Trend Study, the largest global study of health and nutrition trends, conducted in over 30 countries since 2000.


David H. McDaniel, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a Co-Director of the Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute, Adjunct Professor in the School of Science, Hampton University, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences for Old Dominion University. In addition to his dermatology training, he has special training in physical chemistry, light physics, pathology and dermatopathology, botany and emergency medicine.

Dr. McDaniel directs the cosmetic dermatology fellowship program which is one of about twenty American Society for Dermatologic Surgery programs in the country.

He is the author of over 75 scientific articles and book chapters, primarily concentrating in the field of laser cosmetic surgery, antioxidants, and anti-aging medicine. In March 2016, Dr. McDaniel was awarded a presidential citation from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for his “commitment to research and innovation to advance laser and energy based science, and for his years of commitment to teaching at ASLMS.”

He helped pioneer the science and theory of LED photomodulation and has been involved in the development and/or FDA clinical trials of some of today’s leading laser and energy based devices for cosmetic treatments or for non-surgical skin rejuvenation. He serves as Director of the McDaniel Institute of Anti-Aging Research as well as the Laser & Cosmetic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia (USA) and consults for some of the major skin care and cosmetic companies in the world.

More recently Dr. McDaniel has been involved in the testing and also the development of several new antioxidant skin care products as well as research related to extending lifespan and healthy longevity.

Dr. McDaniel has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America for 2015-2016 for the 22nd year in a row. He is one of the expert voices quoted in popular magazines such as O, Elle, Vogue, Allure, Essence, Time, Forbes, as well as by major media such as Good Morning America and the BBC. Dr. McDaniel also serves as president of a non-profit charity, The Center for Disfigurement.

Thomas Mammone is vice president of skin physiology and pharmacology: leader of skin materials science team. He has been with Estée Lauder for more than 30 years, beginning his career in the biological research and development (BRD) laboratory and later, as a research scent and scientist in the BRD group. He was named director of BRD group in 1998 through 2003. Currently, Dr. Mammone is in the Clinique Product Development Group to design and formula several major treatment products. He also serves as Clinique Spokesperson, traveling to Europe, Asia, and within the US to speak to the press about Clinique’s treatment products.

He received his BS in biology from SUNY at Stony Brook, a PhD in biology from St. John’s University and an MBA from Dowling College.

Smitha Rao is the vice president of product development and regulatory affairs at StriVectin Operating Company. Ms. Rao has 15 years in beauty with best-in-class organizations. She leverages a multi-faceted global background in innovation, product development, intellectual property, clinical testing and marketing. Her experience bridges a wide variety of distribution channels (mass & class), cross-corporate functions (ideation to execution), and multiple beauty categories (Skincare, Haircare, Body & OTCs).

She holds multiple patents for topical applications and she is involved in scientific advisory capacity for several not-for-profit beauty organizations.

Georgia Ravitz is a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC, office and leads the Consumer Product Safety practice, and is a senior partner in the firm’s Food & Drug (FDA), Agriculture, and Advertising practices. She focuses on food and drug law and regulatory policy governing the regulation of farm products (e.g., eggs, poultry, meat, dairy), pharmaceuticals (including prescription drugs, generic drugs and over-the-counter drugs), biologics, cosmetics, health and beauty aids, medical devices (both PMA and 510(k) products), dietary supplements, vitamin and mineral products, food, and other consumer goods. Georgia also focuses on the laws and regulations pertaining to consumer products generally, and those administered by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and various state and local regulatory agencies responsible for consumer health and safety as well as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Ravitz received her BA from Skidmore College and her JD from Emory University. She was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the New Jersey Bar.


Annette Tobia is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Dynamis Skin Science Inc., the parent organization of MEG 21. She is a gifted research scientist, attorney, and entrepreneur. She has had a life-long passion to contribute to the health and well being of those around her. Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia asked her to start a biotech company focused on a diabetes-related discovery. She founded Dynamis Therapeutics in 1997. In 2001, Dr. Tobia discovered the impact of toxic sugar in skin and, with a team of Fox Chase Cancer Center chemists developed Supplamine, a powerful patented ingredient that removes toxic sugars from skin, and is essential for skin health and beauty.

Pat Schneider is CEO of Biova, LLC, the leader in the water soluble egg membrane (WSEM) ingredient segment. She is a General Management “C-suite” executive with solid P&L experience and expertise in turnarounds. She has over 35 years in the consumer health and wellness products industry and a strong background in leading existing business units, opening new markets and launching products globally for organizations including: P&G, J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer, Herbalife, Metagenics, Twinlab and Nelson Bach.

Prior to joining Biova, she was CEO of Healthy Bizz, a Seattle-based strategic consultancy focused on “Growing Healthy Profits for Healthy Products.” Pat provided guidance to start-ups and established companies in the areas of business strategy, marketing, new product development, regulatory and operations for clients in the natural food, nutritional and legal cannabis related market sectors. Pat remains an advisor to members of Canopy Boulder/San Francisco, a mentorship-driven seed-stage business accelerator for entrepreneurs in the legal marijuana industry, and Nutrition Capital Network, an organization that connects investors with high-potential growth companies in the nutrition and wellness industry. Additionally, Pat writes for several nutritional journals and is a speaker at numerous health and wellness events. Pat holds a BS in Microbiology, MBA in Finance & Marketing, JD in Commercial Law, is a licensed attorney in California and has actively practiced in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning.