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Silab manufactures cell cultures in situ.

* FRANCE: Silab has inaugurated its production unit dedicated to biotechnologies. The new industrial facilities, which represent an investment of 5 million [euro], have been built upstream of the three current production lines dedicated to cosmetic active ingredients. They will be reserved exclusively for large-scale cell culturing, such as yeasts and micro-algae.

Silab's historic understanding of the plant world has been supplemented by unique expertise related to the production and use of unicellular organisms made using biotechnologies. This strong strategic approach, launched approximately 10 years ago, offers practical solutions to consumers' changing needs, market demand and legislation on naturalness, efficacy and safety. Yeasts and micro-algae are environmentally friendly natural raw materials that respect biodiversity. Rich in active molecules of interest, they are then used by the company as raw materials to manufacture its purified active ingredients that have been proven safe.

This biotechnology production unit dedicated to cell culturing was commissioned in 2014. It is a unique, high-technology, automated tool in line with the ICPE regulation governing installations classified for environmental protection. It has an industrial capacity of up to 100 tons of biomass per year.

It is therefore possible to produce approximately one ton of biomass from a tube of only one milliliter of mother cells within one week, the entire process is automated and supervised by monitoring software and a hundred or so sensors to ensure quality, traceability and reproducibility. These latest-generation technological resources are managed by a qualified team of technicians and engineers who are trained on a regular basis. Control of the scale-up from laboratory stage to industrial stage (5,500L) is complete, making it possible to respond to customers' quality and volume needs, according to Silab.

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Title Annotation:International
Publication:Household & Personal Products Industry
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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