Ingredient makers, personal care manufacturers, and cutting-edge startups have been at work in the probiotic skin care space for some time. And now, as evidenced by deals like Unilever Ventures’ investment in Gallinée, this beauty industry niche is on track to be big business.
On Monday Gallinée closed its series A financing round with Unilever’s private equity division leading the way. Marie Drago launched the company in 2017; and as a press release about the deal explains, “Gallinée is the first personal care brand to focus exclusively on the growing science of the human bacterial ecosystem, a major revolution in health, and a new field of research in dermatology for the treatment of acne and eczema.” The release goes on to note that “Drago’s pharmacy thesis was the basis for the patented combination of probiotics, prebiotics and postbiotics that are the core of the Gallinée range.” (Read the Indie Beauty Profile of Marie Drago and Gallinée here.)
It’s in this environment that Kisaco Research is hosting its microbiome conference. “Following the mainstream focus on the gut microbiome and its role in health and disease, researchers and industry experts are now turning their attention towards the emerging relationship between the skin microbiome and healthy skin. This has the potential to revolutionise the beauty and personal care industry,” the group states on its event site.
The agenda for The Skin Microbiome Conference is still being developed. But the event hosts are promising a roster of 25+ speakers at the two-day event. And, attendees are expected to come from multinational beauty and personal care companies, pharma companies, skin care brands, biotech firms, ingredient makers, packaging companies, sequencing companies, and more.
The event being put together will comprise networking opportunities, like onsite meetings; research presentations, illustrating the “latest advancement in therapeutic and cosmetic products containing live bacteria, bacterial extracts, or active ingredients to promote and protect the skins microbiome;” trends presentations looking at how consumer demand for natural and organic products intersects with microbiome friendly skin care; insight into the development of clinical trials; guidance into product differentiation; and presentations on industry regulations to help attendees “understand the different paths to market and regulatory considerations necessary to launch a cosmetic or therapeutic product.”
Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.