Cosmetomics is a shared platform for innovation. Its first Open Lab is dedicated to the safety and efficacy testing of cosmetic products.
Supported by the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster, the Cosmetomics shared innovation platform (PFMI) was officially created on 16 April 2013 during the In-Cosmetics trade fair.
Three "Open Labs" will eventually constitute the platform. For the time being, the first entity is already operational. In June 2013, the first Open Lab of the Cosmetomics platform opened its doors in Cergy Pontoise. Dedicated to the characterization and measurement of the efficacy and safety of cosmetic products, it specializes in the characterization, optimization of products and diagnostics at different scales (hence its name : Codde) and brings together the skills and equipment of the University of Cergy Pontoise (specialist in the use of lasers to study the skin and hair), the SME Bio-EC (research centre specialising in efficacy and safety testing of cosmetic products) and the SOLEIL synchrotron (use of synchrotron light to characterise the skin and hair and the interactions of cosmetics with them).
With multiple objectives: to develop new measurement and testing tools in collaboration with equipment manufacturers, to encourage innovation between large groups, SMEs and VSEs, to offer access to innovative tools and training, to offer personalised services to develop company performance, and to strengthen the visibility of the players in the sector in France and internationally. In addition, the aim is to provide manufacturers and players in the cosmetics industry with a force of proposals that is representative of the sector in order to meet the new regulatory challenges.
"The objective of the Cosmetomics Platform is to create a permanent management infrastructure combining service delivery, research, knowledge transfer and intellectual property around different R&D activities". says Cosmetic Valley in its monthly newsletter.
The two other Opens Labs will be based in Normandy (on the theme of security) and in the Centre region (clinical trials). Thus, all research and development issues will be addressed to strengthen the French cosmetics industry's leadership position.
Shared innovation platforms in a nutshell
Shared innovation platforms are intended to offer shared resources (equipment, personnel and associated services) with open access, mainly to members of the competitiveness cluster(s) that have been awarded the label, and in particular to SMEs. They make it possible to carry out research and development (R&D) projects with strong economic spin-offs, up to their industrialisation and market launch phase. They open up the possibility of carrying out innovation projects, trials and tests, developing prototypes and/or pre-series, or even serving as use laboratories or "living labs".
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(Source : Optics Valley - September 18, 2014)