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Science in Cosmetics - Dr. Bunkis & Virginia Vega, Ph.D

  • 17 Sep 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel - LAX, 5985 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90045
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Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

BIW Luncheon Meeting - 11:30 am to 2 pm

Science in Cosmetics

Skintellectual’s Concerns about Science, Claims and Trends


Juris Bunkis, M.D.  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon,

Orange County Plastic Surgery


Virginia Vega, Ph.D. - Cellular & Molecular Biologist

 Flawless Canvas

at the

Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles 90045

11:30 AM Registration & Networking

12 Noon Luncheon & 1 pm Speaker Presentation

will Speak about

Science in Cosmetics: Skintellectual's Concerns about Science, Claims and Trends

The 21st century has seen the birth of a new trend in skincare: skintellectualism. This new breed of consumer skintellectuals has adopted a vigorous investigative approach to their skin care choices, medical procedures, skin routines and diligently educate themselves about ingredients and benefits beforehand. Skintellectuals expect higher levels of science-driven product design as well as believable product claim support.  We’ve seen an explosion of science-based efficacious and safe technologies from raw material suppliers who provide extensive pre-clinical and clinical research to support ingredient benefits and safety. This same scientific approach requires pre-evaluation and integration into the final product prior to launch. Thus, in vitro, ex vivo and clinical testing should be part of today’s product development timeline as well as safety testing and improved consumer education to give your brand the leading edge.

Biography - Juris Bunkis, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Dr. Bunkis served as a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at Harvard University from 1979-81 and subsequently as Assistant Professor in Surgery, at the University of California, San Francisco, and has been in Private Aesthetic practice since 1983. While Chief of Plastic Surgery at the San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF) and Medical Director of the Blackhawk Surgery Center, he also served on the Board of Directors of Blackhawk Surgery Center, Inc., United Bridges, Inc., the Hospital de la Familia Foundation, Orange County Plastic Surgery. and MD Performance, Inc.  He was also appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia, and is a member of the Los Angeles Diplomatic Corps.

Dr. Bunkis graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School, followed by a five year general surgery residency at Columbia University and was board certified in general surgery. He later did a two year plastic surgery residency at Harvard and was board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.   Dr. Bunkis is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery, Latvian Medical and Dental Association, Plastic Surgery Research Council and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. . In addition, he has achieved his PADI Advanced Diver Certification, is an instrument-rated, commercial jet pilot and an avid custom Harley motorcycle enthusiast (Hamsters USA).  Dr. Bunkis is also volunteer deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  He will cover recent advances in Plastic Surgery procedures.

Biography: Dr. Virginia Vega holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and has more than 20 years of research experience, in both academia and the skin care industry. After finishing herPh.D. she moved to the U.S. to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, and during this time, her research was focused on stress response, heat shock proteins, inflammation, aging and macrophages. In 2006, Dr. Vega became an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego (USCD) School of Medicine, and continued performing research on inflammation and macrophages polarization as well as teaching medical students.

Between 2012-2016, Dr. Vega was a Research Investigator and Director Skin Biology Laboratories and Scientific Communications for SkinMedica, an Allergan company, where she led all aspects of product conceptualization and development, as well as external collaborations with skin care and anti-aging experts. Dr. Vega also played a critical role scientifically positioning new products with physicians and media outlets. In 2016 she joined SENTE, a start up skincare company, as  Vice President of Research and Development and Physician Education. Today, Dr. Vega is the CEO and founder of FlawlessCanvas a company that specializes in designing unique and market disruptive skincare products.She is the author of multiple peer reviewed communications as well as book charters and will discuss pre-market considerations for skin care.

Early Registration:

  • Members - $50.00 (USD)- Up to 2 guests may be registered at the time of member registration.
  • Non BIW-Members - $70.00 (USD)

Saturday, September 14th at Noon

after which a $15 LATE REGISTRATION FEE will apply

Reservations are Not Refundable

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Appetizer: Roasted Beet Salad served over Arugula with Parmesan Shavings and special Crowne Vinaigrette

MENU Entrées - Choose One:

Grilled Petite Top Sirloin topped with Grilled Corn, Parsley, and Red Peppers, served with Garlic & Leek Mashed Potatoes and Baby Green Beans Almandine


Balsamic Glazed Salmon roasted with Pomegranate and served with Garlic & Leek Mashed Potatoes and Baby Green Beans Almandine


Orecchiette Pasta & Squash with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Toasted Walnuts

Dessert - Limoncello Cake  topped with Creamy Mascarpone Frosting, served with Freshly Brewed Coffee

Beverages: Iced Tea, Water, Fresh Roasted Coffee, plus Rolls & Butter

Parking Fee:

Self-Parking: $6 Fee -Crowne Plaza Parking Garage (Need credit card at exit for payment)

Valet Parking: $15 Fee

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