Through Bishop’s leadership, ActiTech has become one of the largest global suppliers of naturally derived cosmetic specialty ingredients in the cosmetic industry.
A respected scientist and leading innovator, Bishop has several patents to his credit and has published a number of scientific articles. In addition, he has served as a lecturer in Cosmetic Science at several leading universities, including five years at UCLA.
In 1981, Bishop founded ActiTech. For thirty years he has lead the research and development—backed by rigorous clinical studies—of cosmetic and cosmeceutical ingredients that incorporate specialty raw materials made from botanical extracts. ActiTech now includes a 121,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lewisville, Texas and a 640,000 square foot fulfillment operation in Sherman, Texas.
Education and Experience
Michael Bishop has degrees in both biology and chemistry from the University of California at Irvine. After completing his studies, Bishop spent over a decade working for some of the most recognized names in the cosmetics industry, including Max Factor, Redken Laboratories, and Life Laboratories. He gained increasing responsibilities in the area of product formulation and development. While at Life Laboratories, Bishop also supervised the maintenance of rigid pharmaceutical quality standards and served as an FDA liaison.
Bishop has chaired the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and is a longstanding member of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA), the American Chemical Society(ACS), the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) and the International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS). He is also a member of the American Botanical Council, the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), and International Food Technology (IFT). Bishop has also served as a technical and scientific consultant to Actifirm, a company founded by his wife, Elysiann in 1998.
Away from the office, Bishop and his family—wife Elysiann, their daughter and three sons—are a blur of activity. They juggle family camping trips and water sports with the children’s football, soccer, lacrosse, and dance schedules. When it’s homework time, he’s ready with support, guidance and a scientist’s love of discovery.