Laurence Dryer, PhD

Dr. Laurence Dryer has most recently been serving as Executive Vice-President of R&D at Obagi Cosmeceuticals, LLC. In this role, she leads the Product Development, Scientific Affairs & Clinical Ops, Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance and Quality global groups and drives portfolio growth and high revenue-driving scientific initiatives. Since joining Obagi, Dr. Dryer has led the research and development of innovative, solution-driven, scientifically- formulated products which address specific skin care concerns and the signs of skin aging.

She was previously VP of R&D at The Honest Company.  She was also Director of Portfolio Development at Obagi Valeant Pharmaceuticals, where she led Formulation, Clinical testing and Scientific Affairs for all of Valeant’s Skincare OTC/Consumer brands.  Prior to Valeant, Laurence was Associate Director of R&D at Obagi Medical Products.  Before her tenure at Obagi, she was Principal Scientist in Scientific Affairs at Neutrogena, where she planned Clinical testing, claims development and support for the skincare category. Past experiences also include Head of R&D at BASF Beauty Care Solutions (now Beauty Creations), Manager New Technologies and Clinical Research Scientist at Avon Products, Inc., and Faculty at the University of Houston.

Dr. Dryer holds an MS from Paris University 7, a PhD in Neuroscience from Florida State University, and received her postdoctoral education at Harvard Medical School from Nobel Laureate Linda Buck.

Dr. Dryer has been featured in leading publications including HuffPost, Crain’s, and Business Insider for her expertise in healthcare and business. She is an inventor on over 25 patents and author of over 40 publications.