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2011 People to Know
By: GCI Editors
Posted: January 20, 2011, from the January 2011 issue of GCI Magazine.
page 6 of 14President and Founder
Active Organics, Inc.
Among the leading innovators in the beauty industry, Michael Bishop has several patents to his credit and has also published a number of scientific articles. But when you visit Active Organics and meet Bishop, it’s not these achievements, as impressive as they are, that jump out at you—it’s the people-centric company and atmosphere that he’s created.
In speaking with Bishop, one gets a sense of calm and confidence built on knowledge and experience that has fostered the growth of a company, founded under the mission of sustainability that includes the commitment to individual community and global well-being, to become one of the largest suppliers of naturally derived cosmetic specialty ingredients.
As for the experience, after graduating from the University of California, with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, Bishop worked in exploratory development at Max Factor and later as a cosmetic development chemist for Redken Laboratories. During the late 1970s, he held the position of technical director of Life Laboratories, manufacturing pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
He founded Active Organics in 1981, with a quest to break new ground in natural personal care products. Bishop remains a strong supporter of creating cosmetics formulated from natural, clinically effective ingredients, and captains his team in its pioneering of the latest advances in renewable and sustainable business practices and in the environmentally compatible harvesting, manufacturing and distribution of its natural products.