Rare bacteria present new skin care opportunities

By Patricia Mansfield-Devine 31-Mar-2017

The strain of bacteria known as the Deinococcus-group has the potential to introduce a new range of possibilities for the skin care market

French biotech company Greentech has teamed up with cleantech specialist Deinove to commercialise skin care actives derived from a rare form of bacteria.

The companies hope to bring the first products to market by the end of 2018.

Montpellier-based Deinove is a biotech lab focused around a particular type of bacteria, the Deinococcus-group. This bacteria has the ability to multiply very rapidly and can also survive extreme environments.

“We’ve been working together for a long time on the extraordinary capacity of micro-organisms to develop adaptation and resistance mechanisms in extreme environments: heat, cold, salty, acid and radioactive,” said Yves Berthon, PDG at Greentech.

“The Deinove bacteria are unique and can bring a real added value to our portfolio of [skin care] ingredients.”

From an original list of 430 individual strains, Deinove has identified several dozen that offer properties that have possibilities for skin care formulations, including those with:

  • Anti-oxidant properties for use in anti-ageing creams, firming products and sun care products.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties for use on irritated or post-operative skin.
  • Scar-healing properties, for damaged skin or for use in anti-ageing products.
  • Fat-reducing properties for use in slimming and anti-cellulite creams.
  • ‘Plumping’ properties for use in moisturisers and products such as lip-plumpers.

The two companies will now work on more extensive tests and creating the actual formulations.

“These results are a solid foundation for the development of our activities, initially in cosmetics, skin care and hair care,” said Emmanuel Petiot, Director General at Deinove.

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“This co-development is a new way of making the most of our strain bank and our platform. Greentech has expertise in this field and in regulatory issues, and has a technical sales team that will be invaluable assets for the success of this project.”

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