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Distinguished Alumni 2003: Robert E. Sauté

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Robert E. Sauté

B.S., Pharmacy, Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, 1950
M.S., Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University, 1952
Ph.D., Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University, 1953

President, Sauté Consultants, Inc., Bel Air, California

Dr. Robert Sauté received his B.S. in Pharmacy (1950) from Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. Under the guidance of Dr. Sperandio and Dr. DeKay, Dr. Sauté received both his M.S.(1952) and Ph.D. (1953) in Industrial Pharmacy from Purdue University. While in graduate school he was an instructor in Industrial Pharmacy and the Cosmetic Laboratory. He was a Research Foundation Fellow.

After Dr. Sauté graduated from Purdue University, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan. While there, he was in charge of a Medical Laboratory and a Hospital Pharmacy. Dr. Sauté began his industrial career as Technical Assistant to the President of Lafayette Pharmacal, assuming responsibility for Research & Development, Quality Control and Manufacturing. In 1956, Dr. Sauté joined H. K. Walpole/Denver Chemical Co. as Senior Research and Development Chemist. He did research and product development on cholesterol lowering drugs and organic synthesis. In 1957, Dr. Saute set up and ran a new plant for Strong Cobb Arner, Inc. in New Jersey.

In 1960, Dr. Sauté joined Avon Products, Inc. to start their new research department. As Director of Product and Process Development, he was responsible for the development of all Avon products from concept to market. He directed major projects in Research & Development and other divisions of Avon. He served as a liaison for the Avon Legal Division concerning patent applications, Federal Drug Administration regulations, and as an expert witness. Dr. Sauté became Administrative Director of the Research and Development Division with overall responsibility for personnel and programs.

In 1968, Dr. Sauté moved to Massachusetts to become Director of Research and Development for the Gillette Company, Toiletries Division. He was also responsible for research and development for the Colton Division. His responsibilities included package design, development and engineering.

In 1972, Dr. Sauté moved to California as a Group Vice President of Dart Industries, Inc., where he was responsible for research and development, quality control and worldwide manufacturing for the Vanda Beauty Counselor division. He was a member of the corporate acquisition team.

In 1975, Dr. Sauté and his wife, Arda, started Sauté Consultants, Inc., a company specializing in research and development in the dermatological, cosmetic, OTC drugs and related areas. Dr. Sauté has published articles in leading cosmetics texts and is author of many patents. He has been a guest lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge.

Dr Sauté is a fellow of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and has served on the boards of both the local and national chapters. He is a founding member of Beauty Industry West. He has served on the board of directors for three corporations. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Kappa Psi, The Society for Investigative Dermatology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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