NEW YORK — You could say that Cristina Carlino is in the business of Philosophy — both the beauty brand of the same name and discovering, through trial and error, what it takes to run a successful indie company.

It’s been a little over six years since Carlino founded the Phoenix-based Philosophy, although she was an early leader in the dermocosmetics field. She founded BioMedic in 1990 as a firm specializing in nonprescription skin-care and clinical-procedure products designed for use by plastic surgeons and dermatologists and ran it with her former business partner, David Watson, until they sold it to L’Oréal in May 2001.

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