The French manufacturer of natural active ingredients for the cosmetics industry, Silab, has inaugurated its production unit dedicated to biotechnologies. This brings to six the number of new facilities launched by Silab since it was founded 30 years ago.
A self-financed investment of €5 million has gone into developing the new unit upstream of Silab’s three current production lines dedicated to cosmetics active ingredients. It will be reserved exclusively for large-scale cell culturing, for yeasts and micro-algae for example.
According to the company, yeasts and micro-algae are environmentally friendly natural raw materials that respect biodiversity. Rich in active molecules of interest, they are developed by Silab as raw materials to manufacture its purified active ingredients, which have been proven safe. These ingredients are made available to the local market through an exclusive distribution partnership with Meganede.
Promising for innovation
This biotechnology production unit dedicated to cell culturing was commissioned in 2014. It has an industrial capacity of up to 100t of biomass per year using automated, ICPE approved equipment. The company can now produce approximately one tonne of biomass from a tube of only one millilitre of mother cells within one week.
These latest-generation technological resources are managed by a qualified team of technicians and engineers, who are trained on a regular basis.
Silab already markets a wide range of active ingredients made from unicellular organisms. These comply with the same specifications as plant-based active ingredients, i.e. they have controlled cost and quality, identified active molecules and proven efficacy. Building on its experience, the company continues to broaden its engineering expertise related to yeasts and microalgae, which are undeniably promising sources of innovation.