From Biotech to Beauty Brand: Reinventing Colorescience

  • 15 Nov 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • The Ayres Hotel, 14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne/Manhattan Beach, CA


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Note Date and Location Change for November!

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

(Networking & Registration open at 11:30 AM)

In Manhattan Beach at

The Ayres Hotel, 14400 Hindry Avenue 

Hawthorne/Manhattan Beach, CA 90250

From Biotech to Beauty Brand: Reinventing Colorescience 

Mary Fisher, President & Chief Executive Officer


Colorescience has grown in popularity by totally re-inventing itself. Created in 2001 by Diane Ranger, Colorescience was an Orange County-based company founded on a mineral makeup concept. Their best-selling product, Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush, became an underground cult favorite among makeup enthusiasts, yet was largely undiscovered by mainstream retailers until early 2012 when SkinMedica acquired the brand. With Mary Fisher now at the helm, the makeup brand began its transformation. Then, when Allergan purchased SkinMedica 11 months later, Fisher led a management spnofft of Colorescience. Over the next year, every aspect of the brand was altered including reformulating products with improved sun protection capability, updating the packaging, changing the company’s tagline, and creating TV commercials with live models. The line’s positioning transformed as well, focusing on physical sun reflection, skin care and color. To bring about these changes, the team engineered two venture capital equity raises, securing about $25 million of funding through two preferred stock offerings. They deepened their sales base within the dermatology and aesthetics communities as well as in spas and resorts. Since then they have enjoyed a steady growth rate and have doubled revenue since the relaunch, which included a new company website with a focus on educating consumers on the importance of sun protection. They also formed charitable partnerships with the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Sun SafeTee and The Skin Cancer Foundation. So Colorescience is no longer just a color line, but an actively good-for-you skin healthy brand. For more information on Colorescience, visit their website here:

Speaker Biography

Mary Fisher, President & Chief Executive Officer, Colorescience

Mary Fisher brings more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and biotechnology industries and currently serves as CEO and Board Director at Colorescience, a former division of SkinMedica where she served as Chief Executive Officer from 2008 until 2012, where she led the successful sale of the company to Allergan for $375 million.  Prior to joining SkinMedica, Ms. Fisher was COO of Acorda Therapeutics, a biotech company focused on developing products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders where she executed the company’s restructuring, initial public offering and a $50 million acquisition transitioning Acorda to a commercial stage operation.  Previously, she held the role of Vice President, Strategic Healthcare and Commercial Operations at Cephalon, Inc., and Manager, Communications at Immunex. Ms. Fisher currently serves on the Board of Directors at Zeltiq (NASDAQ:ZLTQ) and Ovascience (NASDQ:OVAS). In June 2013, Mary was honored as one of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year for San Diego.  The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is considered the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, recognizing and celebrating the success of outstanding individuals who build, lead and grow dynamic and successful companies. She also received the 2013 Venture Capital Award of Excellence from Ernst & Young. Mary is a member of the Women’s Dermatological Society and the Dermatology Foundation Leader’s Society.


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Special Menu - Created by Executive Chef John DiBernardo of Matisse Restaurant

Organic Baby Greens Salad with Red Seedless Grapes, Citrus Segments and Candied Walnuts, dressed with Orange Vinaigrette.  Served with Assorted Rolls & Butter

Entrée Choices (choose one):

Chicken Breast with Mustard Herb Panko Crust, served with Poultry Au Jus, Boursin Cheese Risotto and Chef’s Selection of Grilled Seasonal Vegetables


Seared Salmon served with Lemon Herb Cream Sauce, Boursin Risotto, and Grilled Vegetables


Vegetarian Vegetable Wellington with Risotto, and Grilled Seasonal Vegetables.

Rustic Warmed Apple Tart served with Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea & Iced Tea

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Parking Available:

Self Park:        $5.00 with Validation (up to 5 hours) - Guests pay own parking

Valet Park:      Not Offered at this Location



Albéa offers the world's largest range of beauty and personal care packaging with leadership positions in plastic and laminate tubes, mascaras, lipsticks, samplers and foam pumps. Their recognized expertise in fragrance and skincare dispensing pumps, fragrance and lotion caps, compacts, lip-gloss, promotional items and accessories is known worldwide. We are #1 in Mascara, #1 in Lipsticks, #1 in Plastic and Laminate tubes, #1 in Foamer pumps and Fragrance samplers and #2 in Fragrance pumps. 

Our staff of 15,000 people serve large and small customers in 15 countries across the world and we operate 38 facilities in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Albéa’s global sales totaled US $1.4 billion in 2015.

Albéa's committed teams provide local presence plus global reach. We offer robust capabilities in innovation and design as well as project management, with solid operating excellence through our world-class manufacturing and decoration facilities providing full-service capabilities as well as a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

For more information: Contact: Renée McKibben - West Coast Sales Executive
Phone: 424-214-0129 | Cell: 917.251.8501
595 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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