Responding to the new challenges of the cosmetics industry with biotechnology

Responding to the new challenges of the cosmetics industry with biotechnology

With limitless potential, biotechnology is inspired by nature. Through biotechnology, we can benefit from the properties of living organisms without impacting the environment.
It allows us to offer smart alternatives for the consumers’ increasing demands for performance and sustainability.
Within our industry, biotechnology uses the cellular and biomolecular processes of living organisms outside of animals in order to develop cosmetic products. Frédéric De Baene is R&D Biotechnology Director at the Croda Group “I am always curious and amazed to know what nature has developed to evolve, survive and defend itself. Indeed, nature is extremely powerful and offers us its incredible capacities to produce molecules of interest”.
Soon, Croda will present its first functional ingredient based on micro-organism biofermentation. In the meantime, a report dedicated to this promising technology is now available. It deals with the benefits, innovations, opportunities and obstacles of biotechnology. You can download it here for free:
Biotechnology in Personal Care | Croda (
Sederma supports Croda in the development of bio-based ingredients. Sederma is a leading developer of cosmetic active ingredients and a dynamic player in the biotechnology sector. One third of its catalogue is made up of biotechnology products.
Its confidence in the unlimited potential of biotechnology has led Croda to strengthen its innovation and production capacity in this field. In 2012, Croda acquired the Italian company IRB, an expert in plant biotechnology, and in 2018, Nautilus, a Canadian company working on marine micro-organisms.
Using science, intelligently, through biotechnology allows us to offer consumers bio-based ingredients that fit in with their expectations in terms of sustainability and performance. This fits perfectly with Croda’s commitment to be Climate, Land and People Positive by 2030.

About Sederma –
Founded in 1964, Sederma became a member of the Croda International Group in 1997. Sederma is dedicated to the development of active ingredients and in the creation of innovative concepts for cosmetics, based on the mastery of biotechnology, fine chemistry, plant cell culture and vegetal extraction. Sederma has developed a unique range of actives with substantiated efficacy for facial skin care, body care, sun care, hair care and men’s care.
Equipped with a high performance and modern claim substantiation laboratory, Sederma uses powerful in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo tests to prove the efficacy of its products. Sederma strives for continuous improvement of quality, safety, sustainability, ethics and has received the following certifications: ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001, AEO, Cosmetic Ingredient Good Manufacturing Practice (EFfCI), RSPO and Halal.

About Croda –
Established in 1925, Croda is the name behind sustainable, high performance ingredients and technologies in some of the world’s most successful brands: creating, making and selling speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere.
Croda is a FTSE 100 company with over 4,500 passionate and innovative employees, working across manufacturing sites and offices around the world with a shared Purpose to use Smart Science to Improve Lives™. As part of this Purpose, and with around two thirds of its organic raw materials already from bio-based sources, Croda has committed to be the most sustainable supplier of innovative ingredients, becoming Climate, Land and People Positive by 2030.

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