Intrexon is a company that utilizes synthetic biology to create products that improve the quality of life and health of the planet. The company focuses on collaborating with companies in Health, Food, Energy and Environment.
Recently, Intrexon has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson and J&J Consumer & Personal Products Worldwide to create new skin and hair products. Currently, the companies are undergoing R&D collaboration with the goal of combining Intrexon’s synthetic biology expertise with Johnson & Johnson’s capabilities to design new products.
The technology used will be Intrexon’s UltraVector Platform which is described as an operating system that involves DNA construction technologies, cellular and protein engineering, computational models and statistical methods. This platform is supposed to deliver exceptional control over the quality, function and performance of living cells.
This collaboration could create great new products for consumers.
This is not the first time a company has applied synthetic biology technologies to cosmetic products.
Algenist, Solazyme's cosmetic line, was introduced in 2011. Solazyme was created by Jonathan S. Wolfson and Harrison F. Dillon in an effort to re-engineer microalgae, a large and diverse group of single-celled plants, to make fuel. Along the way, they discovered this fuel, or oil, could also be used for cosmetic products, specifically anti-aging products. Algae, they discovered, has natural coatings of polysaccharides which help protect from harmful environmental factors. While the company is hopeufly, so far, the US Food and Drug Administration does not recognize their claims. However, Sephora recently began to distribute Algenist products in stores, specifically a facial oil made from pure algal oil.
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