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Data, Data, Everywhere

By: Steve Herman
Posted: April 6, 2010, from the April 2010 issue of GCI Magazine.

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At the beginning of a study, informed humans are required to establish the test criteria. When the robots, analyzing devices and computers are done, there is still room for human intervention. The results must be confirmed in a lab under the usual formulation conditions. The data usually involves specific components of the formulation, not the complete product, so conventional methods are employed to achieve the final formulation. So at the end, people are still needed, but they have wonderful new tools that allow the creation of technically advanced products.


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Steve Herman is president of Diffusion LLC, a consulting company specializing in regulatory issues, intellectual property, and technology development and transfer. He is a principal in PJS Partners, offering formulation, marketing and technology solutions for the personal care and fragrance industry. He is an adjunct professor in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Masters in Cosmetic Science program and is a Fellow in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.