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Michael A. Bishop

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Actifirm

In a world filled with gimmicks, exaggerated claims, overblown promoters and, sadly, outright deception, Michael Bishop and his companies stand out as truly authentic creators and manufacturers of specialty cosmetic ingredients.

Mr. Bishop is a respected scientist in his industry. He earned degrees in both biology and chemistry at the University of California at Irvine. After completing his university studies, he spend over a decade working for some of the largest and most well-recognized names in the cosmetics industry, including Max Factor, Redken Laboratories, and Life Laboratories.

A leading innovator, he has several patents to his credit and has published a number of scientific articles. In addition, Mr. Bishop has served as a lecturer in Cosmetic Science at several leading universities, including five years at UCLA.

At his previous employers, Mr. Bishop held ever increasing responsibilities over the areas of product formulation and development. He also supervised the maintenance of rigid pharmaceutical quality standards and served as an FDA liaison while at Life Laboratories. In 1981, Mr. Bishop struck out on his own and founded Active Organics. Since then, he has led the research, development and production of cosmetic and cosmeceutical ingredients, incorporating specialty raw materials made from botanical extracts and backed by rigorous clinical studies. In addition, he has directed manufacturing operations of the highest quality for over a quarter-century, including the company’s current 121,000 square foot facility in Lewisville, Texas and 640,000 square foot facility on 100 acres in North Texas.

Mr. Bishop is dedicated to both his industry and his community. He has chaired the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and is a longstanding member of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Quality Control and the International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin.

Most recently, Mr. Bishop has served as a technical and scientific consultant to Actifirm, founded by his wife, Elysiann, that has become an leading innovator of advanced science-driven beauty products and professional skin care treatments. Mr. Bishop also holds several patents and he is a member of American Botanical Council, SID (Society for Investigative Dermatology), and IFT (International Food Technology).

Scott J. Norton PhD

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Actifirm

During that three month summer period he personally initiated a program of study designed to synthesize and characterize novel organic compounds having the property of being very effective inhibitors of metal corrosion under highly acidic conditions. This study led to a patent (S. J. Norton, 1st author) for the use of these novel compounds in acid fracturing processes in high-temperature (deep well) oil production zones.

Dr. Norton received the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (major field, Biochemistry), from the University of Texas (Austin). He was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the duration of his graduate education. Upon completing his doctoral studies in 1962, he accepted an offer for an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Chemistry, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX.

He was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1965, and was promoted to Professor in 1969. From 1974 to 1992, Dr. Norton was appointed as Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, at the UNT Health Science Center, Ft. Worth, TX, and jointly, as Professor of Biochemistry in the UNT Department of Chemistry, Denton, TX. From 1992 to 2003 he served as Director of the Division of Biochemistry, Department of Biological Sciences at UNT, Denton, TX. He retired (Professor Emeritus) from UNT in 2003, but maintained an office in the Science Research Building on the UNT campus, Denton, until 2007.

Dr. Norton’s research activities have resulted in over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry; in chapters of biochemistry methodology treatises; and in numerous presentations of his research activities, at national and international meetings and symposia. He has also authored several patents in a variety of scientific disciplines. In more recent years some of these patents have been associated with the enzymic enhancement of skin cell renewal processes. The use of specific types of proteolytic enzymes as active ingredients in personal skin care products was found to be very effective in countering the effects of aging and harsh environment on human skin by promoting a balance between exfoliation and epidermal cell renewal.

Howard Maibach PhD

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Actifirm

Dr. Maibach is a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and has been a thought leader in establishing the direction and mandate of the Academy. He has been an active researcher, teacher and maintains a private practice in California.

Walter P. Smith PhD

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Actifirm

In 1991, he founded Walter Smith Consultants (WSC), to specialize in studying basic and applied aspects of skin biology. With a focus on AHAs, skin sphingolipids and non-invasive technology, WSC has provided a variety of clients with new cosmetic products and technology. Dr. Smith’s current research focuses on the stratum corneum and how exfoliants including AHAs and topical enzymes can influence both epidermal and dermal properties and lead to long term rejuvenation of the skin. Dr. Smith is also founder of Dermac Laboratory Inc., an independent testing laboratory specializing in non-invasive safety and efficacy testing of topical products.

Dr. Smith has been granted 15 patents in the United States and internationally, has served on the editorial board of numerous trade journals, has published over 60 technical papers.