GCOA Applauds Founding Member Nestlé Skin Health on American Skin Association Honor

Nestlé Skin Health SHIELD Centers to Receive ASA’s Corporate Leadership Award

NEW YORK (April 18, 2016) – The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) congratulates Nestlé Skin Health SHIELD (Skin Health Investigation, Education and Longevity Development) on receiving the 2016 Corporate Leadership Award from the American Skin Association (ASA).  Launched in December of 2014 to address the rising skin health challenges that will accompany a growing aging population, the first SHIELD center, opening later this spring, will be located in New York City, followed by Shanghai and other locations in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America.

“The skin is our largest organ.  It is the window through which the world sees us and we see ourselves.  In this age of longevity, we need to find new ways to protect, maintain, nurture, and enhance skin health while having the ability to treat and correct it when skin health becomes compromised,” said Peter Nicholson, GCOA founding member and Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Nestlé Skin Health. “SHIELD is an interconnected global collaboration network that will serve as a location – physical and digital – to attract cross-disciplinary innovators and thinkers with a common interest in advancing skin health to positively impact people’s lives.”

“By 2020, there will be a billion people over the age of 60 globally, and inevitably all will see some decline in our skin’s elasticity and durability, which leaves us susceptible to skin cancer, skin breakdown, wounds, and sores,” said Michael W. Hodin, CEO of GCOA. “The Global Coalition on Aging is proud and excited to be working with Nestlé Skin Health to bring these growing needs to light – for individuals and as an opportunity to spur economic growth and work toward reduced healthcare costs.”

“We appreciate our partnership with GCOA and are honored that the American Skin Association, one of the leading supporters of skin health research, awareness, and treatment in the United States, is recognizing this important work,” said Didier Leclercq, Managing Director of the SHIELD Network.  “SHIELD is the first and only innovation initiative fully dedicated to the skin health ecosystem through education, training, and the convergence of technologies to bring new skin health solutions.”

Nestlé Skin Health will receive the 2016 ASA Corporate Leadership Awards during the ASA’s Spring Gala tonight in New York City.

Please visit the Nestlé Skin Health and American Skin Association websites for more information.

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