The Straits Times
Published on Dec 17, 2012

L'Oréal opens advanced research centre housing 8 scientists in Biopolis


French cosmetics giant L'Oréal Group has opened an advanced research centre in A*star's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) to leverage on the world-class research environment in Biopolis and Singapore.

IMB's expertise in skin biology research, together with the ethnically diverse population in Singapore, complements L'Oréal's interest in understanding human skin diversity, L'Oréal and A*star said a joint press release issued on Monday.

The advanced research centre currently houses eight scientists. The project follows encouraging results from IMB's first partnership with L'Oréal in 2010, which aimed to reconstruct Asian skin from cultured cells.

Said Stéphane Ortiz, head of L'Oréal's Asia R&I: "We are more than happy with the results we are getting with IMB and thanks to the local scientific and technological expertise in Singapore, we have extended our range and network of collaborations and widened the new centre's field of research to "Skin biology"."