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Basic and Applied Dermatology Forum (BADF)

The Forum brings speakers with new/challenging topics to the Rutgers community. Now in its 19th year, it succeeds an annual full day multi-speaker conference (1984-1996).
Capitalizing on Rutgers’ unique environment, The Forum seeks to identify individuals working with skin in academic, industrial and clinical settings and bring them together for a talk, discussions and lunch. Partnering with the Center for Dermal Research brings the Forum ideas, advice, logistical support and helps it continue to offer attendance with little or no fee.

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Founder and Director Otto H Mills, PhD, FCP

Department of Dermatology

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Otto Mills joined the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Group on Molecular Biology in 1965 and The Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine in 1967. His first appointment at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School was in 1984, where he is a member of the Department of Dermatology. He has lectured by invitation at universities and medical meetings in the United States, Europe and Asia and has authored or co-authored over two hundred and fifty publications.

Dr. Mills has served as the Chair of Dermatologic and Allergic Diseases, American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. His other memberships include: Sigma Xi (University of Pennsylvania), the American Federation for Medical Research, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology. Among the awards he has received for original research are those from the American Academy of Dermatology (1970, 1981, 1985), the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (1971), the Medical Society of New Jersey (1975), the American Medical Association (1975), the Southern Medical Association (1971) and the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2002).

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Tapemark Partnership

We are very excited to announce a partnership with Tapemark.

Tapemark is a full-service CDMO specializing in the innovation of transdermal, oral thin film, and unit dose semi-solid drug delivery. We were made for this—partnering with you to bring life-changing drugs to the market.



TRI Mission

TRI/Princeton is an independent, non-profit scientific research and education organization founded in 1930 by an act of US Congress.  Over the decades, TRI has evolved into a full-service independent research and testing facility, specializing in porous materials, textiles, fibers, bio-materials, polymers, and films. TRI provides research solutions to a wide variety of domestic and international industrial companies, governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

With our range of instruments and methodologies, characterization goes well beyond just visualization, but deeper into the analysis, identification, and localization of molecular and structural components within the sample. Our technical platform encompasses a powerful set of cutting-edge tools and techniques along with complementary approaches for material characterization and analysis, especially well-suited for the study of bio-materials such as hair, skin, nail, bone and/or teeth.  These analyses and information can then be correlated to a host of different biophysical parameters. Furthermore, our techniques are exceptional in applications for testing, understanding and comparing variations or changes in biomaterials with relation to specific conditions like aging, diseases, environmental stresses (e.g. UV exposure), chemical exposure, and product treatments (product application or drug therapy). More importantly, changes that occur in these biomaterials and bio-substrates as a function of various factors (whether extrinsic or intrinsic influences) can be established and monitored in specific areas of interest such as at the surface or deep inside the structures of interest.

ASamuel Gourion-Arsiquaud headshots a Principal Research Scientist at TRI Princeton, Dr. Gourion-Arsiquaud uses various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques for the characterization of biomaterials and the study of biological modifications associated with specific conditions like treatment, drug use, disease, age or environmental factors. Dr. Gourion-Arsiquaud’s expertise lies in multiple biophysical techniques with a special emphasis on vibrational spectroscopies (FTIR & Raman) for biomaterial sciences. He has more than 10 years of research experience, including technique development, project design and coordination, as well as a successful track record of technical and innovative achievements. Dr. Gourion-Arsiquaud has extended the instrument application to biological tissues relevant to cosmetic; teeth, nail, hair and skin.  

Contact Info:  Samuel Gourion-Arsiquaud  at SGourion@TRIPRINCETON.ORG


West Chester Biotech Project

The Westchester Biotech Project brings together researchers, engineers, and data scientists from across therapeutics, diagnostics, and devices. Based in the Westchester County, NY region, this is a borderless initiative with opportunities for local, national, and international collaboration.