In a recent report [1], Croda highlights the almost unlimited potential of biotechnology to produce highly-performant solution without impacting the environment.

The limitless potential of biotechnology allows us to offer smart alternatives for the consumers’ increasing demands for performance and sustainability,” states the developer of cosmetic active ingredients.

Continuous investments

According to Croda, within the personal care industry, biotechnology uses the cellular and biomolecular processes of living organisms outside of animals in order to develop cosmetic products.

"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,” says Frédéric De Baene is R&D Biotechnology Director at the Croda Group.

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.

Croda’s Sederma, which specialises in the development of bio-based personal care ingredients, is also a dynamic player in the biotechnology sector. To date, one third of Sederma’s catalogue is made up of biotechnology products.

Bio-fermented ingredient

Croda announced it will soon present its first functional ingredient based on micro-organism biofermentation.

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,” emphasizes the company.

In partnership with Canadian company Anomera, Croda recently launched spheroidal cellulose powders to replace plastic microbeads.