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L’Oréal announced a partnership between its Technology Incubator and Silicon Valley-based uBiome to continue its longtime research in microbial genomics. The collaboration bridges L’Oréal’s expertise in the science of skincare with uBiome’s leadership in microbiome research. The intention with the partnership is to conduct new research with a goal of offering deeper skin insights to uBiome’s global community while informing future product development at L’Oréal.

“When it comes to skincare, people often audition product after product to determine what works for their unique skin. At L’Oréal, our goal is to advance scientific research and leverage new technologies to change this relationship, by allowing deeper levels of personalization,” said Guive Balooch, Vice President of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, an arm of L’Oréal’s Research & Innovation Division. “The microbiome has major implications for skin’s overall appearance and health. With the global reach of uBiome’s community of citizen scientists, our two companies will be able to extend our respective research in this space, and better understand the interplay between bacterial diversity and skin health.”

“So many clues about our overall health come from the amazing world of microorganisms,” said Jessica Richman, co-founder and CEO of uBiome. “L’Oréal is an ideal partner for uBiome as it has had a strong focus in scientific innovation in this space for years. Their expertise, combined with uBiome’s advanced understanding of the skin microbiome will allow us to pave the way for the future of personalized skin care.”

Photo: via uBiome 

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