illustration of the epidermisKnow Your Skin Cells: II. The Keratinocytes

By Gopinathan K. Menon
November 15, 2017

The keratinocyte (a cell that synthesizes keratin proteins) is the predominant cell in the epidermis (the layer of skin that overlays the dermis), which itself is divided into various strata: stratum basale (basal layer), stratum spinosum (spinous or prickly layer), stratum granulosum (granular layer), and the stratum corneum (corneous layer). Cells of the basal layer divide and move upwards, progressively differentiating (synthesizing various keratins and lipids) and passing through the other layers described above, finally ending up as cornified cells that provide the skin with a physical and chemical barrier.

illustration of moleculesIP Strategies in the Cosmetic Industry

By Peter D. Sleman
November 15, 2017

A sound intellectual property strategy can add value to any business, generate revenue streams, and act as an additional bargaining chip in negotiations. However, it is often difficult for businesses and inventors to figure out how to reduce their IP costs without sacrificing quality. Below are some practical pointers to consider when formulating your IP strategy. These will serve as a primer to help you ask the right questions.

illustration of hydrating skinResearch Group in the Spotlight – Novel Skin Barrier Techniques and Development of Autophagy Activators

This month's research group comes to us from Seowon University in the Republic of Korea. Dr. Jeong’s research area encompasses skin barrier function and development of new cosmetic ingredients as well as functional evaluation of their bioactivity.















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