Lumene is the first company in the world to introduce cloudberry stem cell technology in skincare
LUMENE Oy, in co-operation with VTT, has developed a completely new stem cell technology based on Arctic cloudberry. The technology was developed exclusively for LUMENE Oy. The cloudberry stem cell technology continues the series of innovations by LUMENE Oy where natural Arctic ingredients are utilized with the latest technology to constantly provide improved anti-ageing skincare. By utilising cloudberry stem cell technology, LUMENE Oy will open a new technology application and reach a new dimension in utilizing Arctic berries in cosmetics. (Lumene's press release 26.4.2012)
Derived from Arctic cloudberry, the innovative stem cell product will be used in the Lumene Excellent Future skincare products, which will be launched in Finland before summer. The Excellent Future range will be the first commercial product in the world to utilize the cell culture of Arctic berries. LUMENE Oy has a patent pending for cosmetic application of cloudberry cell culture.
Two leading players combined their special expertise
The production method of the cloudberry stem cell product represents the latest innovation in biotechnology. VTT* was responsible for the development of the raw material, and LUMENE OY developed it into an application suitable for the cosmetics industry and carried out safety and efficacy research of the raw material. This way, the project combined the specialist areas of expertise of two world class Finnish companies representing the best in their respective fields, and the end result is probably the most significant cosmetics innovation in Finland.
'Achieving international growth in the cosmetics industry requires not only solid innovative product development, but also good, world class partners. VTT is a natural and preferred partner for us, because they have innovative expertise and dedication to succeed in the utilization of Arctic berries with the latest technology,’ explains Tapio Pajuharju, LUMENE Oy’s President and CEO.
Cloudberry stem cell extract – multidimensional benefits of cloudberry
Fresh cloudberry is naturally rich in anti-oxidants, however cloudberry stem cell extract contains about 10 times the amount of powerful natural anti-oxidants, flavanols. Antioxidants help to protect the skin against external factors causing premature ageing. The extract also promotes formation of skin collagen, which helps to retain the skin’s youthful suppleness. LUMENE Oy has commissioned several studies from various research institutes, focusing on the properties of cloudberry stem cell extract especially for use in skincare.
Lumene product development utilizes natural Arctic ingredients and open innovation
The key elements of the product development strategy in Lumene skincare are the raw materials sourced from Arctic nature, and boosting and applying their anti-aging properties. LUMENE Oy has its own product development expertise and personnel. Its innovations are based on research and real, proven effects over several decades.
The company has used natural Arctic ingredients in its products since 1996, and berries became a key focus in its products in the early 2000s. LUMENE Oy has pioneered in the cosmetics industry in the utilization of Arctic ingredients.
‘For our product development to maintain its position at the top of its field and to be able to create successful products for Finnish and international consumers alike, we will step up our cooperation with outside experts. With our partners, we will utilize the opportunities created through open innovation in the development of technologies. Cooperation with VTT has been extremely productive, and we have been able to significantly expand our raw material selection through the possibilities offered by biotechnology. Our cooperation is already continuing in new projects,’ tells Tiina Isohanni, LUMENE Oy’s Vice President, Innovation & Development.
The Lumene Excellent Future skincare products will be available this spring, first in Finland and Sweden, and then in Russia. The products will be launched in the United States in fall 2012.
*Researchers: Nohynek, L., Bailey, M., Tähtiharju, J., Oksman-Caldentey, K.-M., Rischer, H. & Puupponen-Pimiä, R.
LUMENE Oy is a holistic beauty and well-being company focusing on unique high performance Lumene skincare and color cosmetics. The company’s success is founded on uncompromising Finnish expertise, innovative scientific research and product development, utilizing the latest technology in the field as well as the effective ingredients of Arctic nature. The high-performance Lumene products are developed and manufactured in Finland, but sold and marketed internationally. The company’s key markets are Finland, Scandinavia, USA and Russia. LUMENE’s net sales in 2011 reached EUR 85 million and it has approximately 530 employees.
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