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Rob Taalman, Science and Research Director

Rob received a degree in Cell biology and a PhD in Human Genetics and Pediatrics from the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 1987. Prior to Cosmetics Europe, Rob worked for Litton Bionetics (US), Hazleton Biotechnologies (UK & NL) and the Dutch National Health & Environment Institute (RIVM). In 1992 he joined Shell International in the Hague as a toxicologist and HSE advisor, moved to Shell Chemicals in London.In 1997 he was seconded to the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) where he was responsible for all Research & Science activities undertaking jointly by the European Chemical Industry. In May 2003 he returned to Shell Chemicals to take up the position of corporate HSE manager. In 2005, he relocated to Shell International in the Hague as the Group’s senior Environmental Health manager. Rob joined Cosmetics Europe in January 2010.

Bertrand Desprez, Project Manager

Bertrand received a Doctorate in Pharmacy (thesis on Segetalins cyclopeptides) and a Master of Public Health degree (thesis on endocrine disruptors risk assessment) with a specialisation in quantitative risk assessment. He was previously working for the OECD and EURL ECVAM on the evaluation and regulatory acceptance of alternative (non-animal) methods. He joined Cosmetics Europe Science & Research Department in 2016. He is in charge of the Task Forces on systemic toxicity, ocular toxicity and genotoxicity, and is actively involved in the LRSS case studies.

Martina Klaric, Project Manager

Martina has joined Cosmetics Europe in 2013 and is since in charge of the projects related to the alternative methods to animal testing. She is coordinating the work of the Task Forces dealing with the areas of skin sensitisation, absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination (ADME) and she is involved in the case study work. She was actively involved in the public-private partnership SEURAT-1 and in the planning of Cosmetics Europe’s future research activities. Before joining Cosmetics Europe she has worked at the JRC/ EURL-ECVAM on several projects in the domain of toxicological risk assessment and the three Rs such as DetectIV and ESNATS. She was involved in the development of alternative methods for developmental neuro and cardiotoxicity testing based on stem cells, which could be used for regulatory purposes

Filipe Almeida, Science Issue Manager

Filipe received a degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in polymers and biomaterials from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in 2010. Prior to Cosmetics Europe, Filipe conducted research on polymers, especially on drug delivery systems for different medical applications. From 2004 until 2010, Filipe worked for both the University of Coimbra and the Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology (part of the New University of Lisbon) in such research projects. In 2011 Filipe had a Post-Doctoral fellowship in the University of Basse-Normandie in Caen (France) in a research project together with ADISSEO, a company focusing on food supplements for animals. Filipe joined Cosmetics Europe in April 2012.

Sabrina Dourte, Project Management assistant

Sabrina joined the Cosmetics Europe  Research and Science team in October 2011.