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  • Doug Thomas

    Clear Lake Research Clear Lake Research


    Not your regular scientist, just sits in the labs and has a beaker, mixer, and burner. His passion for science started at a young age, listening to the childhood experiments of his father early in the age of rocketry. He continued his passion for science throughout his childhood and pursued degrees in Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology at the University of California Santa Barbara. Two classes, in particular, caught Doug’s interest due to their complexity and their future implications; immunology and genetics. Heightened by the then-recent reports of a mysterious disease cropping up in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Doug applied to Immunology graduate programs and was accepted at Baylor College of Medicine, in the Immunology Department. After getting his Ph.D. in Immunology, Doug joined a startup company in San Francisco, leading their virology group to develop a urine-based HIV test. This early experience taught him how great product ideas can meet real world issues in the both regulatory and the commercialization space. One of his major achievements was co-founding Laboratory Skin Care (LSC), a dermatology facing company, as COO, he helped build the company from the ground up. He developed an OTC persistent hand sanitizer as well as a micro-carrier system called “Hydroxysomes”. Though initially developed to stabilize and deliver bio-actives through the skin, their eventual breakdown and delivery of calcium, an important micro-nutrient in the skin, lead L’Oreal to become became LSC’s largest customer; the technical aspects behind the use of these micro-carriers provided the opportunity to learn about the cosmetic industry and its formulating practices. Through his knowledge he began to help formulate for L’Oreal with the Hydroxysomes today found in products such as Age Reperfect, a product and Lancôme – Platinéum. Today, there are 230 high-end cosmetic products using this technology, amounting to a couple of billion dollars in sales. LSC’s holdings were eventually purchased by Merck Ag. To-date, Doug has filed 40+ patents, published and pending. Doug’s passion for science started at a young age, listening to the childhood experiments of his father early in the age of rocketry, he pursued degrees in Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology at the University of California Santa Barbara, specializing in immunology and genetics. Heightened by the then-recent reports of a mysterious disease cropping up in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Doug applied to Immunology graduate programs and was accepted at Baylor College of Medicine, in the Immunology Department. After getting his Ph.D. in Immunology, Doug joined a startup company in San Francisco, leading their virology group to develop a urine-based HIV test, eventually co-founding Laboratory Skin Care (LSC). As COO, he helped build the company from the ground up, developing an OTC persistent hand sanitizer as well as a micro-carrier system called “Hydroxysomes”. Today there are 230 high-end cosmetic products using this technology, amounting to a couple of billion dollars in sales. LSC’s holdings were eventually purchased by Merck Ag. To-date, Doug has filed 40+ patents, published and pending.