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Leading Edge Innovations announces strategic partnership with San-Mar Labs

BY Michael Johnsen

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Leading Edge Innovations, a laboratory that develops formulas based on emerging trends in the market for the over-the-counter, skin care, sun care and cosmetic industries, and product manufacturer San-Mar Labs on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership that makes LEI’s technology platform a part of San-Mar’s advanced research and technology, known as S.M.A.R.T.

LEI’s proprietary manufacturing process and formulating expertise, in combination with San-Mar’s current technologies, ingredients, equipment and manufacturing capabilities, will join together to offer new products to the cosmetic, OTC drug and personal care markets, the companies stated.

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Butter London makes its way to Ulta

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Consumers now can purchase Butter London products, including nail lacquers, nail treatments and pedicure essentials, in all 390 Ulta stores nationwide, the manufacturer has announced.

Founded in 2005, Butter London’s lacquers are inspired by runway trends, Great Britain and rock and roll. The products are formulated without the use of such harmful ingredients as formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and parabens.

"Butter London and Ulta are perfect partners," Butter London president and CEO Leslie Freytag said. "Offering an affordable, yet luxurious selection of nail products, Butter London is high fashion, which serves Ulta’s desire to provide affordable indulgences to [its] customers."

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Tria completes equity, debt financing; two board members named

BY Antoinette Alexander

DUBLIN, Calif. — Tria Beauty, which creates at-home light-based skin care products, has announced the completion of $27 million in equity and $10 million in debt financing to help support the continued growth of the company and global commercialization of its light-based skin care products.

"This new financing allows Tria to continue its exceptional growth by introducing our existing products to consumers worldwide, while continuing to invest in the development and clinical validation of new light-based treatments that address consumers’ most important skin care concerns," stated Kevin Appelbaum, Tria Beauty CEO.

"We remain focused on fulfilling our promise to consumers that Tria will continue to bring innovative skin care treatments out of the doctor’s office and into the home, delivering a level of performance never before available over the counter and at an affordable cost," Appelbaum added.

Tria Beauty also announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors: Mike Valentino and Ed Unkart.

Valentino joins after serving as president and CEO of Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals and previously of Adams Respiratory Therapeutics. Adams completed its initial public offering in July 2005 and in December 2007 entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Reckitt Benckiser for approximately $2.3 billion.

Ed Unkart joins the Tria board of directors following tenures as CFO at such medical device companies as SurgRx (acquired by Ethicon Endo-Surgery), Novacept (acquired by Cytyc) and FemRx (acquired by Johnson & Johnson). Unkart also will serve as chairman of the audit committee for Tria Beauty.

Tria Beauty has developed the Tria laser hair removal system, an FDA-cleared hair removal laser available for at-home use. In 2010, Tria introduced its skin clarifying system, combining an FDA-cleared blue light treatment for mild to moderate inflammatory acne with a cleanser and serum for overall complexion improvement.

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