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Microbial biotechnology in cosmetics

Biotechnology in cosmetics: Frédéric De Baene is R&D Biotechnology Director at the Croda Group quotation

Microbial biotechnology in cosmetics is not a new topic for Sederma. With 33 years of experience in the field, Sederma is a world leader in microorganism biofermentation for cosmetic active ingredient production. Almost one third of Sederma's products are derived from biotechnology.

Sebomine SB12 ™ was the first active ingredient from white biotechnology (bacteria) launched in 1989. Twenty-eight years later Sederma launched Hydronesis ™, a body care active ingredient that acts against keratosis pilaris and post-waxing redness.

Using smart science, biotechnology allows us to develop biosourced active ingredients in line with customers' expectations in terms of sustainability and performance. This perfectly fits with Croda's commitment to be positive for climate, land and people by 2030.


Microbial biotechnology in cosmetics: What does it mean at Sederma?

Inspired by nature, biotechnology exploits the properties of cellular and biomolecular processes of living organisms outside of animals and offers limitless potential to create innovative and nature-friendly active ingredients. Microbial biotechnology refers to microorganism biofermentation or white  biotechnology which include yeast, mould, bacteria, enzyme, fungi culture.

Microbial biotechnology: lab technician observing microorganisms under microscope

Microbial biotechnology in cosmetics explained

At Sederma, alongside our already well-known white biotechnology, we develop marine biotechnology with Nautilus, our Centre of Innovation for Marine Biotechnology which is part of the Croda Group since 2018. Thanks to their intensive work researching marine microbial microbiology, Sederma continuously develops and brings innovative, patented active cosmetic ingredients to the personal care market.

Partnership with a company expert in marine biotechnology provides us with the full spectrum of capabilities within this field of science.


Biotechnology: synthetic biology , the future of  beauty

Biotechnology continues to open up the field of possibilities in the development of new eco-responsible ingredients. One of the subjects on which we have been working for 5 years now is synthetic biology, which makes it possible to develop useful systems for human beings (therapeutic treatments, biofuels, cosmetic active ingredients, etc.). Synthetic biology is a combination of biology, bioinformatics and engineering. The principle is to build and develop biological systems that do not exist in nature or to reconstruct existing systems by modifying them.


This new technology makes it possible to develop production alternatives for certain molecules which are currently manufactured by chemistry using certain solvents, catalysts and dangerous materials.Synthetic biology also makes it possible to improve certain processes in terms of time savings, yields, and therefore ultimately by reducing certain consumption and costs; We currently have at least 2 ongoing projects for the production of peptides and ceramides from algae.


Again, we are guided by sustainability and how we can improve our practices to reduce our impacts. But we don't do this alone, we work closely with research institutes, high-tech companies, our customers and professional associations. Because as we often say, alone we go fast but together we go further.


To know more on synthetic biology watch the below video interview with Cosmetics Business, Frédéric De-Baene, Group Biotechnology R&D Director at Croda, explains the science behind synthetic biology and the potential it holds for the beauty industry. 

Why is synthetic biology, the future of beauty?

Biotechnology: personal care market report

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