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Innovation—Made in New Jersey

By: Steve Herman
Posted: November 26, 2012, from the December 2012 issue of GCI Magazine.

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In addition to its Suppliers’ Day event, the NYSCC also features a full schedule of daylong, theme-based seminars, making New Jersey an essential destination for the cosmetic industry professional. In 2013, the organization is offering the first U.S.-China cosmetic regulatory symposium at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge, New Jersey, on May 16, and to accompany its full agenda of experts from the U.S. and China, the keynote speaker will be former presidential candidate and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.

Garden State Strength

Claude Shannon made the digital age possible, because, without his genius, we may be 20 years behind in communication technology. Those 20 years could have erased the careers of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. From the point of view of the beauty industry, regulations such as REACH and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) database would be much more challenging to achieve. Safety, regulations and using social networks to connect to customers all rely on the power created by binary codes. So if you live or work in New Jersey, give it another look as a cradle of the modern age. And if you come to visit either an NYSCC event or one of the many of the cosmetic companies that call it home, remember the surrounding towns also were home for many of the great minds of science and technology.

An appropriate way to honor Shannon is to use some of the tools he helped make possible—computers, the Internet, digital video—to view an excellent summary of his career via YouTube2. Yes, YouTube can be a great place for serious scientific videos—once you get past the cats that can play the piano.


  1. J Gertner, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, The Penguin Press, New York, (2012)
  2. Claude Shannon—Father of the Information Age, (Accessed Oct 12, 2012)

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 the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s 2013 Chapter Chairman and an adjunct professor in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Masters in Cosmetic Science program. He is also a Fellow in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.