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Patent Picks—Bioactive Ginger, Coumarin, Heat Shock Proteins and More for Wellness Cosmetics
By: Rachel L. Grabenhofer
Patent Picks are taken from publicly available sources in the cosmetics, personal care and peripheral markets. This edition features technologies related to wellness cosmetics, including ginger anti-inflammation, cyclic skin whitening, coumarin hair growth, an anti-cellulite beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist, Heat Shock Protein inhibition and more.
Researchers Develop Non-animal, Dendritic-based Sensitizer Test
Researchers from the University of Aveiro, the University of Coimbra and the University Hospital of Coimbra have developed a dendritic cell-based test for skin sensitizers that can serve as an alternative to animal testing.

Formulating/Ingredients

Air Products Adds Moisture Retention Active to ROVI Line
Air Products improves moisture retention with the latest addition to its ROVI cosmetic active ingredient portfolio.
AAK Debuts Shea-based, Eco-friendly Ester
AAK Personal Care has extended its Lipex line of shea-based functional emollients with an eco-designed ester.

Industry Updates

Lucas Meyer Acquires Southern Cross Botanicals
Lucas Meyer Cosmetics has announced its acquisition of Southern Cross Botanicals, a leading supplier of Australian botanical ingredients.
Solvay Builds Specialty Surfactant Plant in Germany
Solvay plans to build a specialty surfactant plant in Genthin, Germany to serve its home, industrial and personal care customers in Central and Eastern Europe.
Shiseido Initiates Test Facility, Farm for In-house Cultivation of Plant Raw Materials
The beauty company has installed a container-type facility that enables plants to be efficiently grown as raw materials for active ingredients, as well as a test farm, which will commence full-scale operation in April 2013.