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Cosmetics Europe (formerly COLIPA) is looking to introduce novel in-vitro assays for testing key sensitizers/allergens as a replacement for animal testing in cosmetics. Thus, the organization was a partner with Proteome Sciences in a major research initiative Sens-it-iv, an EU-funded research project dedicated to develop and optimise in-vitro test strategies that could reduce or replace animal testing for sensitization studies. Proteome Sciences used its proteomic biomarker platform for this analysis, and the organization has notified Proteome that its SensiDerm multiplex assays have been selected in the first priority set of tests.
BASF and Petronas Chemicals Group announced intentions to invest $500 million into an integrated aroma ingredients project at their existing joint venture site BASF Petronas Chemicals in Gebeng, Kuantan, Malaysia. With this investment, the partners will help meet the globally growing demands of customers in the flavor and fragrance industry, especially in Asia Pacific. At the heart of the complex will be a plant for citral and precursor plants. The partners will also invest in downstream production for aroma ingredients including a new world-scale plant for L-menthol and a plant for citronellol. Production will be developed in phases, with the first plants of the project operational in 2016, creating some 110 new employment opportunities.
Sabinsa was the recipient of Frost & Sullivan's 2013 North American Integrated Prebiotic Delivery Technology Innovation Award. The award is in acknowledgment of Sabinsa's Integrated Nutritional Composites (INC) technology, which allows the company to create "synbiotics," the combination of prebiotics and probiotics. This release profile is a bi-layer technology that delivers stable, active formulation of ingredients that otherwise may be incompatible or difficult to co-formulate.
Symrise opened its new research center in Holzminden, Germany. With the new building, the company is promoting the interdisciplinary research dialogue between its two divisions, scent and care and flavor and nutrition.
Solvay is building a large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore that is expected to start operations by 2015 and will serve the fast-growing Asian market in home and personal care, coatings, industrial, agrochemicals and oil and gas. Additionally, Solvay announced it will build a specialty surfactant plant at an industrial park in Genthin, Germany. The unit will develop and produce surfactant solutions for Solvay's home and personal care and industrial customers serving Central and Eastern Europe.
Barentz and NKC have entered a strategic partnership to strengthen their operations in Europe and in the U.S.
Brookfield is offering two hands-on courses designed to help users comprehend the functionality of their instruments and solve mysteries of fluid behavior while creating a successful and repeatable method. The courses are offered at Brookfield’s headquarters in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and in major cities across the U.S., with on-demand courses conducted at the customers’ facilities or at Brookfield’s headquarters. The courses include “Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements,” with discussion topics that include how to pick a spindle/speed combination as well as calibration and verification checks; and “Lab Day/Advanced Viscosity Test Methods,” focusing on the customer’s interests, formulations and processing problems.
Promega and BASF have developed an alternative method to animal studies that can reliably detect the allergenic potential of substances. Using a newly developed cell line, the reaction of skin cells to allergenic substances can now be demonstrated in a test tube. This new cell line has been extensively tested at BASF, and a standardized method has been developed to reliably assess the allergenic potential of a substance. Developing the method at the present time is particularly important because following the REACH regulation, several thousand substances have to be tested for their skin sensitizing action by 2018. Furthermore, since March 2013, animal studies on cosmetic ingredients for the European market have been prohibited.
Gelest announced the formation of a new regulatory affairs and quality assurance group. Under the co-leadership of Kevin King, executive vice president, operations, who oversees regulatory affairs; and Joel Zazyczny, executive vice president, silanes, silicones and metal-organics, who oversees quality assurance, the new group is responsible for ensuring that Gelest continues to fulfill all applicable regulatory and quality assurance requirements pertaining to the company’s chemical manufacturing facilities and processes. Based at Gelest headquarters in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, the regulatory affairs and quality assurance group includes Shelly L. Kearney, who joins Gelest as regulatory affairs manager; Maya Kappil, Gelest’s quality systems manager; and Stephine Tarpeh, who assumes a new position at Gelest as environmental and regulatory affairs associate.
Bio-Botanica appointed Steve Marada to the position of vice president, brand manager, retail group.
Vantage Specialty Chemicals promoted Mike Lotito to North America sales director of Lipo Chemicals, the personal care unit of Vantage. The domestic sales team covering the personal care and pharmaceutical segments now report to Lotito, and he will continue to lead the pharmaceutical commercial efforts while the company analyzes next steps for transitioning day-to- day management responsibility.
Andreas Steiner is taking on a new role as regional president, fragrances and oral care in North America for Symrise. In his new position, Steiner will expand the division over the long term.
At in-cosmetics 2013, Croda introduced a host of sensorial ingredients across the skin, sun and hair care categories, in addition to debuting new formulations for the Asian and Latin American markets. These include Solaveil ST-100, the first product to be launched under the family name Solaveil Sensation. Combining UV performance with enhanced aesthetics, this coated titanium dioxide dispersion enables the development of light and luxurious UV protection products. Croda also some additions to its NatraGem range of high performance solubilisers and emulsifiers. NatraGem EW is an emulsifier wax with excellent stabilization and thickening properties that is capable of creating formulations ranging from lotions to high viscosity creams that are non-whitening on the skin and have excellent sensory benefits. And NatraGem S150 is an effective and multifunctional solubilizer that is designed to combine lipophilic cosmetic actives with their carrier oils into clear formulations. And for the multifunctional category, Croda introduced ViscOptima SE, a liquid rheology modifier that can be used to emulsify and stabilize high levels of oils and silicones within a formulation. Moreover, it is an efficient thickener that can create viscous creams at low inclusion levels that leave a smooth, silky, silicone-like feel to the skin.