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Market Watch

Protein Precursors Identified in Sea Cucumber With Possible Anti-aging Application
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have identified the protein precursors behind the peptides that cause muscle contraction or relaxation of echinoderms, which could potentially lead to anti-aging applications.
Growing Demand for Natural Beauty Products in Asia-Pacific Urges on Natural Ingredients*
As more consumers in Asia-Pacific countries learn about and seek out more natural beauty and personal care products, there is a continually greater push for beauty ingredient suppliers to debut new innovations to provide solutions for beauty products and replace synthetic ingredients.
Prescription Polymer Nail Treatment Approved by the FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a prescription polymer treatment for brittle nail symdrome (nail dystrophy).
Patent Picks— Natural and Sensory-Enhanced Hair Straightening, Skin Actives, Device-guided Regimens and More
By: Rachel L. Grabenhofer
Chosen biweekly for their relevance to personal care, Patent Picks are taken from publicly available sources. This edition features patents related to ethnic hair and skin care.

Formulating/Ingredients

Improved UV Testing to Prevent Product Degradation
Atlas Material Testing Technology has launched the fourth generation of its SUNTEST CPS+ with improved features such as improved quality of light, an easier viewed larger display panel, eight user languages and two pre-programmed test methods.
Botanically Derived Emollient Base for Youthful Hydration
Floratech has introduced a botanically derived emollient base that delivers the human skin lipid profile of a healthy 22-year-old.

Industry Updates

Innospec Renames Active Chemicals Business Segment
The active chemicals business segment of Innospec Inc. is being renamed the performance chemicals business segment, effective Oct. 1, 2012.
Soliance Adds Two to European Sales Team
Soliance has added Barbara Morel and Julie Corfa to its sales team.