TnT 2013

Jaime Singer

Creating a Sensory Experience

IFood science and cosmetic chemistry share many parallels in the consumer marketplace. Both disciplines of science are dedicated to provide consumers with products that evoke emotions and create a sensory experience. Many times the scientist is so focused on the product, that the end result of an emotional consumer experience is forgotten. In culinary innovation, the sensory experience of the consumer is at the forethought and the product is built from the end result backwards. Applying this thought process to food science and cosmetic chemistry allows the scientist to see their product development path from a new perspective, allowing for an expansion of the mental toolbox. Additionally, the scientist can draw from experiences of both disciplines as we see many of the same types of products in both the food and cosmetics marketplace; such as, emulsions, suspensions, and concentrations.


Jaime Singer is an accomplished Food Scientist with more than 10 years in the industry and over 200 active products in the Retail and Foodservice markets. Currently in the role of Technical Service Representative with CP Kelco, Jaime is contributing to the company's success with her unique skill set of Foodservice product development knowledge paired with her passion for Culinology inspired innovation. Culinology inspired Jaime to return to school to become a Certified Culinary Scientist, which should be completed by the end of 2013. She is also an active member in both the Research Chef's Association and the Institute of Food Technologists.

When Jaime is not driving innovation with her customers she enjoys exploring the culinary and mixology trends in her home town of Chicago, as well as long distance running, and developing culinary delights in her own kitchen.

Jaime is a member of the Chicago Area Runner's Association and acts as a mentor for younger athletes looking to build a lifelong health and fitness routine.

Robert Harper

Testing of Cosmetics for Claim Substantiation: Past, Present and Future

Claim support for cosmetics goes back to the 1920's when statements were made primarily concerning the safety of products. Later in the 1930's efficacy claims began to emerge based primarily on consumer studies. By the 1980's non-invasive, instrumental methods were introduced to substantiate skin care product claims. Claims such as skin moisturization, skin lightening, skin firmness and elasticity, skin barrier function, and skin mildness (just to name a few) are now being routinely substantiated by instrumentation. The FDA as well as other regulatory bodies provide oversight for cosmetic product claims. Over the years a number of cosmetic companies have received letters from the FDA stating that the company is making a drug claim rather than a cosmetic claim. Occasionally regulatory actions end up in court as was the case with the cosmetic companies using the term "hypoallergenic" back in the 1970's. Today testing for cosmetic claim support involves a combination of clinical evaluations by physicians, in vitro assays, consumer studies, clinical studies, and non- invasive instrumentation. With the use of cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals, nutri-cosmetics, nano particles and cosmetic devices, the testing arena will need to become even more sophisticated that it is today.


more than 30 years experience in clinical and scientific research in the areas of dermatology and topical products. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from N.C. State University and spent 17 years in academic research in dermatology at the Skin and Cancer Hospital, Temple University Medical School , Philadelphia, Pa. and the Connective Tissue Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Harper's industry experience includes Manager of Biotechnology at Helene Curtis, Chicago, Ill., Director of Product Safety Testing at Hill Top Research, Cincinnati, Ohio, Director of Clinical Research at PRACS Institute, Fargo, ND, and Vice President of Clinical Research at Derm Tech International and Cosmederm Inc., San Diego, CA. More recently, he was President of Hill Top Research, St. Petersburg, FL. Presently, he works as a consultant to the personal care and pharmaceutical industries.