For many people, hair loss is an annoying and difficult problem to treat. Now, however, the problem is finally resolved. Recently, the French beauty product giant L’OREAL just signed an exclusive scientific research cooperation agreement with Poietis, a biotechnology start-up in the country. Under the agreement, the two companies will use biological printing and hair – breaking techniques to explore the possibility of 3D printing hair follicles – a small organ that produces hair.
As we all know, L’OREAL, a 105 year old, has been investing in a wide variety of research and innovation projects for decades. The company has become an organic part of the development of cosmetics. Up to now, their research and development department employs as many as 3870 people, and has been engaged in tissue engineering research for more than 30 years.
And this time, with the French start-up company Poietis cooperation will undoubtedly further promote L’OREAL’s research and development in tissue engineering technology, because Poietis company is fully focused on the development of bio medicine in the field of biological tissue. It is understood that the company was founded in 2014 in France Pessac, mainly with different cosmetic and pharmaceutical partners, to evaluate the toxicity and efficacy of various drugs and cosmetic products, but also rely mainly on 3D bio printing technology.
It is reported that the two companies will study the main use of Poietis’s custom laser assisted 3D bio printing technology, the technology uses biological ink structure, and through laser beam scanning to enhance its accuracy. Although in general, tissue engineering is quite limited in the level of complexity they used to create the cell structure, but the French company 3D printing platform available get 10 micron resolution cell, and the cell activity ratio as high as 95%. With 3D printing technology, these cell structures are usually mature in three weeks and can be used for tissue testing.
Poietis, CEO and chief scientific officer, Fabien Guillemot
Today, the technology will combine with L’OREAL’s expertise in hair biology. The partners hope to be able to produce functional hair follicles that produce hair independently – a complete solution for hair loss.
In addition, the multi-year research partnership is expected to produce many other breakthroughs in hair engineering, Jose Cotovio said. He is director of L’OREAL’s forecasting methods and models division (part of L’OREAL’s research and innovation division).