Mission Statement:

The McDaniel Institute for Anti-Aging Research strives to offer our consulting clients the years of experience Dr. McDaniel and his multidisciplinary team of professionals has accumulated over the course of their respective careers in the identification, testing, development, production and launching of new cosmetic products, treatment methods and/or devices. The Institute prides itself on educating both the industry and consumers on the merits of: scientific testing, identification of untapped botanical resources, current theories of Anti-Aging, and the mechanisms of action for cutting edge and established products and/or treatments.


Dr. McDaniel has consulted on the design, as well as executed, many FDA product or device trials that resulted in clearances. In fact, the first FDA cleared LED device was invented, designed and tested by Dr. McDaniel and his team. Over the last 20+ years, the team has assisted small start up, and large multinational companies in the design, preparation, and submission of both FDA and IRB reviewed cosmetic studies. Dr. McDaniel has also been a prolific lecturer and industry analyst/touchstone for a large portion of the beauty industries lay press and scientific journals.

 List of Services Available:

  • FDA, Device, Cosmetic/Nutraceutical, LED/Phototherapy trial design and implementation
  • Nutraceutical/Cosmeceutical product identification, design and In vitro/in vivo testing
  • Cutting edge digital imaging equipment (Canfield VISIA-CA, VISIA-CR and VETRA H1; all latest models) to ensure high quality, reproducible clinical photographs for data analysis and/or marketing.
  • Design of Custom Microarrays
  • RT-PCR Gene expression studies using a BioRad CFX96 Touch system
  • Visible light, IR, UV and LED in vitro studies
  • ELISA and other cellular assays
  • Experience with Human Skin Equivalent Models (Mattek)
  • Selected immunohistochemical staining of tissue sections/cells; imaging of the same using fluorescence and/or standard histological stains with a Leica DM-IRB inverted scope, Nikon DS-Qi1Mc (visible light), Nikon DS-Fi2 (fluorescent labeling) and NIS Elements software
  • High resolution ultrasound imaging (DUB Skin Scannner: TPM,Inc.)
  • Skin elasticity (BTC2000)
  • Moisture meters, Trans Epidermal Water Loss
  • Minolta ChromaMeter
  • New Product Launches and Media Relations
  • Content and  Design for Scientific lectures

Past Projects

Clinical Studies (Devices tested)

  • FDA Laser hair removal approval study (Phase III)
  • FDA Gentlewaves LED photomodulation device (All phases: from gene and protein expression in fibroblast cell culture models to FDA clinical trial)
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Fractional Resurfacing
  • Fibrocell LaViv® autologous fibroblast injectables
  • Accent® RF
  • Clinical Studies (Products Tested)
  • Revaléskin® products
  • Priori® Skincare products
  • MD Forte® products
  • Vivité® Vibrance
  • Prevage® products
  • Stretchmark studies

Laboratory Studies

  • Toxicity and gene expression for antioxidants and derivatives
  • LED photomodulation treatment design and applications
  • LED gene and protein response measurements
  • Stretchmark histopathology
  • Human skin cell and skin equivalent culture and testing
  • Antioxidant gene expression, cell survivability and telomere activity
  • Longevity studies using fruit fly model
  • Protein production and gene expression in cultured cells following exposure to a novel laser
  • Light based (LED, UVR, IR, Visible Light) in vitro studies for a variety of metrics

Media Events/Product Launches

  • Prevage® (Idebenone) for Elizabeth Arden
  • Revaleskin® for US CosmeceuTechs
  • GentleWaves® LED for Light Bioscience
  • Fibrocell LaViv® for Fibrocell Science
  • Roloxin Lift® for Dermarché Labs

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