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Cosmetic ingredients produced by Biofabrication

According to a scientist that works in the field, the raw materials that produce both living and nonliving biological ingredients for personal care products will be Living cells, organic molecules and the like.

A new research carried out in Germany, what makes 3-D printed algae a reality is using the hydrogel substructures. A team of researchers together with Dr. Anja Lode of the Centre for Translational Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Research at the Dresden University of Technology as well as the University’s Institute of Food Technology have published their technical findings in the journal of Engineering in Life Sciences. As explained by Brian Krassenstein in his article on the scientific development for, “This means that not only can animal tissue be printed, but so too can plant tissue, or perhaps even a combination of both animal and plant cells via coculturization process”.


Using printing and rapid prototyping technologies (recalls the Cosmetic Design article, L’oreal at work on bioprinted skin for cosmetic testing), mammal cells have been replicated.

According to the team’s article, ‘Green bioprinting: Frabrication of photosynthetic algae-laden hydrogel scaffolds for biotechnological and medical applications’, “The {German} study demonstrates that such method can be extended to cells originating from the plant kingdom”.

The team has observed that when running a blend of hydrogel and single-celled green algae through a printer and then supplying the structure of light, “the printed material gradually became green as the algae grew, releasing oxygen into the surrounding environment,” wrote Krassenstein.

Formulated with Algae:

The Algenist skin care line from the Solazyme, personal care products, demonstrates the viability of algae in the industry. A patented Alguronic Acid for topical application is formulated by this brand in all its (anti-aging) products. And not only does Solzayme makes algae based ingredients for skin care but also for industrial uses, food and fuel.

A natural ingredient, Algae, is popular with consumers. All the same, sustainable sourcing objectives have prompted alternative growing techniques.

Antonio Marcilla, a lead researcher at the University of Alicante told Cosmetics Design last year, “The subject of the cultivation of microalgae is having major boom in terms of research in the last fifteen years.” This latest research development combines cultivation with digital tech.

Beauty and skin-deep implications:

A potential cosmetic ingredient is living printed algae. It is also likely being used as a little biofactory for making other ingredients. And that is not all. The Scientists at Dresden pointed out that “the general possibility of [a] combination of human and algae cells in one scaffold, in which the two cell types can be cultures in close vicinity, has been successfully demonstrated in the present study”.

This development could be a game changer, as noted by Krassenstein, “The ability to 3D print oxygen-producing microalgae alongside human tissue could be the perfect method of supplying the human cells with the necessary oxygen and other secondary metabolites needed for survival and growth”.


1. Biofabrication will produce cosmetic ingredients of the future by Deanna Utroske by Deanna Utroske

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