The research will benefit the bio-processing and thus the cosmetics, as well as food industries, the companies stated.
The focus of the joint research will be on various fields, such as natural compound identification to use as natural additives, as well as flavour and fragrance identification and optimisation to use as natural additives in cosmetics, food manufacturing and other industries.
Durakult’s microbial services include lab scale fermentation, research assignments (including screening of new microorganisms), troubleshooting of microbial processes and strain maintenance.
Metabolomic focuses on matabolite analysis, as well as the identification of biomarkers in plant, animal and microbial systems.
Beiersdorf and Syntopix conduct microbial research
Durakult and Metabolomic Discoveries are not the only companies partnering up to conduct microbial research; cosmetic giant Beiersdorf also partnered with UK-based Syntopix.
Syntopix signed a research agreement with skin care giant Beiersdorf to establish and validate screening assays to improve topical antimicrobial efficacy.
Beiersdorf paid Syntopix a research fee to develop new lab-based assays to help examine the effective delivery of active ingredients in order to maximise their bioavailability on skin.
Increasing interest in anti-microbials
Anti-microbial efficacy on skin surfaces is influenced by specific restrictions that affect delivery and bioavailability of actives, for example release from the formulation or skin penetration.
There has also been increasing interest in antimicrobials, with current developments centring on compounds that can benefit in the treatment of acne, gingivitis, and body odour.