Back to living things with Synthetic Biology: The best of blue biotechnology

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Sustainability is the rule in the cosmetic industry and Sederma fully applies the Croda purpose of using smart science to improve lives™ to always go further.

Synthetic biology is an innovative emergent technology that can offer many sustainability benefits to produce molecules usually obtained through chemical synthesis. This eco-designed technology seems to be limitless and is used in many industries like pharmaceuticals and biofuels. This article will detail the interest for the cosmetic industry.

How it works?

Synthetic biology is a high bio-technology that combines several disciplinaries: mathematical modelisation/bio-informatic​, molecular biology​, microbiology, genetic engineering​, chemistry, engineering sciences​ and automation.

Synthetic biology uses rational engineering to create or (re)design complex biological circuits, networks or whole organisms. Genetic tools are developed to modify the initial strains and make them produce specific molecules of interest. These optimized micro-organisms are wonderful cell factories, 100% safe and reliable.

It is important to notice that the molecules of interest are obtained through genetically modified microorganism​ (GMM) i.e. at unicellular scale, in a controlled environment and without neither any diffuse loss nor GMM in the final ingredient​.

Synthetic biology benefits

They are numerous benefits to synthetic biology. As stated, synthetic biology is an alternative to chemical synthesis (while waiting for some improvements in this field), that avoids the use of solvents, undesired residual molecules and allows to synthesize molecules that can’t be produced by organic chemistry.

This pure innovation allows tailor-made bioproduction of recombinant proteins and peptides, antioxidants, pigments, ​UV filters, biomaterials, polysaccharides​, … with new or optimized abilities​. It is an offer without visible limits. ​ 

Synthetic biology also tackles societal and environmental key challenges for a sustainable future:

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Synthetic biology also permits time and cost savings as performance and efficiency are increased.

Upcoming products from Sederma coming from synthetic biology

Sederma has been collaborating for five years with Alganelle, a French innovative biotech company at the cutting edge of microalgae synthetic biology. Alganelle has developed a disruptive technology and unique knowhow in genetic and metabolic engineering​ of different species of microalgae and cyanobacteria​.

Microalgae was identified by the EU commission as novel cell factories and in the 50 most significant bio-based innovations for the next 5-20 years (report released in April 2021).

Starting from photosynthetic microalgae,​ Sederma, thanks to its partnership with Alganelle will be able to offer a biobased version of one of its peptide.

Another collaboration should allow the production of ceramides from synthetic biology.

By then, if you want to know more on our active ingredients issued from:

    -       White biotechnology, please click here

    -       Green biotechnology, please click here

You can also visit our biotechnology laboratory: 

Stay connected with Sederma to be among the first to benefit from these sustainable innovations.




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