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How one lab is helping beauty makers and suppliers succeed in the microbiome skin care movement

By Deanna Utroske

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A contract laboratory called BaseClear, located in the South Holland province of the Netherlands, has been doing microbial genomic and DNA work for decades. At the AIRS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this month, Cosmetics Design spoke with the company’s business development manager Radhika Bongoni to learn more about BaseClear’s role in beauty product development.

BaseClear works with big names in beauty—not beauty manufacturers per se, but cosmetics and personal care specialty chemical makers eager to develop new ingredients and demonstrate the impact they have on the microbes that constitute the human skin microbiome. (And the company does also test for ingredient bioactivity in finished product formulations and gladly works with startups as well and multinational corporations (MNCs).)

At this year’s AIRS International conference on Genomics and Microbiomics, BaseClear’s director of microbial genomics solutions spoke as part of the event’s educational programing. The company’s business development manager Radhika Bongoni was on hand as well; and she took time to discuss BaseClear’s work on-camera with Cosmetics Design editor Deanna Utroske.

“It’s a really exciting industry and [exciting] times as well,”​ Bongoni tells Cosmetic Design. “The microbiome has been present with us for a long, long, long time and now we see its application to skin, to gut, to brain—any kind of health,”​ she explains.

BaseClear does cross-industry work in food, nutrition, beauty, and biotech; and has partnered with cosmetics and personal care industry suppliers like DSM and DOW. The Netherlands-based microbial genomics and DNA contract laboratory works with clients on preclinical and ingredient development testing as well as on bioactive testing on finished product formulations.

You can get a more detailed sense of the sort of work that BaseClear does with cosmetics and personal care ingredients supplier clients like Dow and DSM in this article​ published in the journal of Microbiology Letters  (put out by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies).

Beyond this in-lab work that BaseClear does, one of the key features that sets its business apart is the viability of the company’s high-tech sampling strategy and low-tech logistics chain. BaseClear has a ‘swab, tube, and buffer solution’ kit that makes “sampling…pretty easy,”​ according to Bongoni. “Everything is internally validated; we are an R&D – based company,” ​she notes while outlining how BaseClear tech allows for sampling to be done around the world, shipped via conventional mail services, and still yields high-quality biostatistical analysis.

Watch the full video interview at the top of the page to learn more.

And register ​​HERE​​ to find out even more about all things skin microbiome by joining us at the Cosmetics Design Summit 2019: Skin Microbiome Innovation​, which is sponsored by DSM​ and Givaudan​ (Diamond sponsors); Solabia​, and Sabinsa​ (Platinum sponsors); Mibelle Biochemistry​ and Atlantia​ (Gold sponsors), and Indena​ (supporter).



Deanna Utroske, 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.

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