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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.


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.