Research & Development

L’Oréal opens a Research & Innovation Centre in sub-Saharan Africa

 L’Oréal’s executive vice president of research and innovation, Laurent AttalL’Oréal inaugurated today its new Research & Innovation Centre (R&I) to study African hair and skin specificities as well as the beauty routines and expectations of sub-Saharan consumers. The centre in South Africa is the group’s seventh R&I hub established globally. It hosts product development, evaluation and advanced research teams and will employ scientists from the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, physiology, cosmetology and biochemistry.

Packaging companies set to invest heavily in R&D to 2021

Research and developmentPackaging companies will substantially increase investment in research & development (R&D) over the next five years, according to consumer insight firm Canadean. This may lead to an R&D arms race as companies seek to develop ever more unique and novel pack designs.

YSL serum inducted into Berlin Museum of Science & Technology

A pack shot of the YSL Forever Youth Liberator SerumFor the first time, an Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) skin care product – Beauté Forever Youth Liberator Serum – joins a permanent exhibition collection at a science museum.

Glycobiology, the science of glycans applied to the skin and cosmetics pioneered by YSL Beauté with this serum, is now part of the Berlin Museum’s newly inaugurated permanent exhibition dedicated to the central role played by glycans in the realm of life.

Discovery of bacterium that degrades PET plastic

Scientists discovered bacterium that degrades PET. Image provided by Kyoto Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus Kohei OdaA group of researchers from Keio University and the Kyoto Institute of Technology discovered a bacterium that degrades and assimilates PET. The research was conducted in a collaborative project with Teijin Limited and Adeka Corporation.

Good news for South Africa’s allergy sufferers

Dilys Berman, Cape Town-based aerobiologistNew research into the regional distribution of pollen and fungal spores undertaken by independent aerobiologist, Dilys Berman, is set to enable allergy sufferers to better plan their allergy control regimes, based on expected allergen spikes.

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