Inform 2 Seminars

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Novel tetrapeptide matrikines. From in silico peptide discovery to formulation delivery

Following 15 years of research into skin ageing and repair, No7 this year unveiled a novel matrix-derived peptide blend created with scientists at the University of Manchester.  The No7 R&D team will take you on the journey from discovery to commercialisation; sharing the unique in silico approach taken to identify bioactive naturally-occurring peptides released from matrix degradation then test their efficacy using omics techniques, through to the approach taken to formulate these peptides into a lightweight product designed to optimise peptide penetration whilst being aesthetically pleasing for consumers.

 Key takeaways: In silico prediction of matrix degradation can be used to identify bioactive peptides. Considering delivery alongside aesthetics is essential when formulating effectively with peptides.


  • Mark Johnson Prototyping Manager Skincare Research - Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Dr Ellie Bradley Science Credentialing Manager | Research - Walgreens Boots Alliance
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Beauty & Personal Care Trends 2023

This will be a pre-recorded presentation.

The beauty industry is constantly adapting to changing consumer perceptions. It is imperative for beauty brands and their creative formulation teams to stay ahead of trends. In this talk, we’ll explore what the consumer will be looking at from us in the year ahead and how we can innovate our products to meet their demands.


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Accelerating the World’s Transition to 100% Animal Free Testing

In this presentation Carol will be sharing updates on how both XCellR8 and our wider community are accelerating the world's transition to 100% animal free testing. If we are to see a world free from animal testing for cosmetics in the next 10 years, there are ethical, scientific, regulatory and political aspects to address - these are closely entwined strands, running in parallel. Without one, the whole thing unravels. I'm aiming to give you a fast track update on the latest developments across these areas and tie it all together.

So if you've heard snippets of information lately about technical progress in animal-free safety assessment, regulatory complexities in the UK and EU, or public demands to accelerate progress, Carol aims to highlight the latest "need-to-know" information about this all-important aspect of getting cosmetic ingredients and products to market. Importantly, what direct actions can we take, individually and as an industry, to ensure that together we really can accelerate the world's transition to 100% animal-free testing. This session should have you leave feeling informed, inspired, and empowered in the knowledge that you can play a direct role in ensuring that cosmetic products become safer than ever, thanks to modern science.


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Scaling Up from Lab to Full Scale Production

Sarah will be discussing the process of scaling up formulations from the laboratory to large scale manufacture, including a risk assessment approach of formulations, along with the common issues that can be encountered during bulk manufacture. She will also look at the difficulties certain packaging types present, and then discuss the ways to overcome these issues.


  • Sarah Lucas Head of Process Chemistry - Orean Personal Care
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Next Era of Beauty: Anticipating Global Beauty & Personal Care Trends

Looking ahead to 2024 and beyond, Andrew McDougall will share the three trends Mintel predicts will impact consumer demand for beauty, including brand and product examples and recommendations for marketing strategy and innovation. The specific and bold trends explore how ongoing uncertainty and new challenges are causing evolutions on foundational consumer behaviours, as well as what AI and emerging technology means for BPC.


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Expert panel discussing on the Impact of the Microbiome on the Beauty Industry – The Devil is in the Detail

While traditionally associated with gut health, as consumers become more informed about the role of the microbiome and how interactions between the skin-brain-gut impact on well-being, they are seeking products that are more than just skin microbiome friendly. Their interest in the skin microbiome aligns with other trends such as inside-outside beauty, holistic beauty and the demand for natural and sustainable beauty products. Because of this we are seeing more and more products making microbiome claims. At SCS Formulate this year there will be many new microbiome friendly actives including prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics, which have been designed to help support and maintain a healthy skin microbiome.


If you are promoting a new microbiome-assisting active, formulating microbiome-friendly products or just worrying that the skin microbiome is being over-hyped, then come and join the Inform discussion at 2:30pm on Nov 15th and have your concerns answered.


Experts will answer questions such as what is meant by a healthy skin microbiome and whether you should be worrying about your products damaging the skin microbiome, after all they killed the microbes in the Challenge test? Find out how you can be sure that your final formulations are good for the microbiome? The experts will be there to explain the latest understanding on the role of the microbiome in problem skin and in skin diseases such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and how this knowledge is opening up new product possibilities including personalised cosmetics based on analysing a person's skin microbiota. Then there is the impact of AI helping make sense of the huge amount of data coming from the world of omics.


It’s a great opportunity to have your say and to have your questions on the microbiome answered by the experts.