Nov 3, 2020 Düsseldorf / Germany
Henkel acquires epiCS® Skin Model Technology
- Attractive portfolio with strong and successful models of the human skin
- Global dissemination of regulatory approved alternative test methods
- Important step towards the worldwide use and distribution of alternative test methods
Henkel closed the acquisition of the skin model technology from the SkinInVitro GmbH, located in Troisdorf, Germany, effective November 2, 2020. The closing was preceded by an extended and successful technology transfer phase, which guarantees the epiCS® production at unchanged high quality. The epiCS® skin models will be manufactured as of now in the Henkel laboratories in Düsseldorf, Germany, under the Phenion® brand.
The epiCS® technology comprises, beside others, reconstructed human epidermal equivalents, which are officially approved by the OECD for assessing the skin-corrosive potential (OECD TG 431) and, since April 2019, also the skin-irritating potential of chemicals (OECD TG 439).
Under its brand Phenion®, Henkel provides biotechnologically constructed skin models to interested contract research organizations and research institutes. With the Phenion® skin models, the company offers alternative in vitro test systems which can be used not only for basic research in dermatology and cosmetic sciences, but also for the safety assessment of raw materials and finished products.
“With this acquisition we are strengthening our existing product portfolio in the field of reconstructed human tissue models,” explains Dr. Dirk Petersohn, responsible for the Phenion® brand at Henkel Beauty Care. “With the epiCS® technology we can now offer our clients tissue models which are well-suited and regulatory accepted for analyzing the skin-corrosive and irritating potential of substances. Hence, this reasonable complement of our already existing product portfolio gives us the opportunity to serve our customers even better. We are looking forward to integrating the SkinInVitro team in order to expedite together the development and distribution of alternative test methods.”
“I am pleased that our more than 20 years of experience in technology development will be continued at Henkel,” says Horst W. Fuchs, founder and owner of the SkinInVitro GmbH. “It is a unique chance for the team to become an integral part of the globally acting Henkel company and to integrate its expertise in respect of the epiCS® technology.”
After a successful technology transfer phase epiCS® skin models are now manufactured under Henkel’s Phenion® brand
Another milestone reached in skin research
Henkel scientists are developing highly specific human skin tissue models for the purpose of studying skin phenomena, which are being made available to other companies, organizations and research institutes under the Phenion® brand. For these models, it was previously recommended to complete any experimental testing phase within 10 days. With the development of a more durable tissue model, yet another milestone has been reached in the field of skin research. A LONG-LIFE version of the Phenion® Full-Thickness Skin Model has now become available: it can be kept in culture for up to 50 days.