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Innovative high-value cosmetic products from plants and plant cells

Objective

The InnCoCells project will develop innovative and sustainable plant-based production processes for the commercial exploitation of scientifically validated cosmetic ingredients based on underutilised plant resources. We will optimise these resources for profitable and sustainable production using cell cultures, aeroponics and greenhouse/field cultivation. We will apply systematic approaches including metabolic engineering tools to optimise growth conditions and the yields of valuable bioactive, small-molecule compounds and ingredients. The optimised processes will be demonstrated by pilot-scale production and subsequent product extraction/purification. We will bring at least ten cosmetic ingredients to the pre-commercial stage. InnCoCells includes a cascade biorefinery concept in which by-products and biowaste are utilised for the extraction of further bioactive molecules. The processes will be characterised by techno-economic assessment and life cycle analysis to ensure economic feasibility and a reduced environmental footprint. The ingredients and extracts will be evaluated using a unique panel of innovative enzyme-based and cell-based assays to ensure safety and validate claimed activities based on robust scientific data without animal testing. We will implement a unique stakeholder engagement strategy, including the assembly of a Stakeholder Group to guide our research program based on the needs of industry, academia, farmers, policymakers and consumers. The consortium includes eight SMEs and one large company from the cosmetic sector among the 17 partners to facilitate exploitation. We will develop bespoke communications strategies for different stakeholders and for public engagement. We will also interact closely with the regulatory authorities in Europe. This industry-driven and interdisciplinary project will ultimately increase the strength of the European bioeconomy by supporting the development of innovative biobased goods and markets.

Call for proposal

H2020-FNR-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 917 250

Participants (16)

LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 551 062,50
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 576 200
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 671 886,25
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 339 062,50
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 125
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPESE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK PLANTENONDERZOEK E.P.S.O. IVZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 257 375
Address
Rue De L'industrie 4
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
MERCK KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT AUF AKTIEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 757 400
Address
Frankfurter Strasse 250
64293 Darmstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADD ESSENS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 280 625
Address
Cogels-osylei 33
2600 Antwerp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTERRA BIOSCIENCE SpA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 410 375
Address
Via Benedetto Brin 69
80142 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PLANT ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES PAT SA
France
EU contribution
€ 748 888,75
Address
Avenue De La Foret De La Haye 19
54500 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALTERNATIVE PLANTS SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Jaunciema 3 Linija 54
1023 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 186 000
Address
Thaliastrasse 7
1160 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Ecomaat OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 86 780
Address
21 Vasil Levski Str
2086 Mirkovo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCANDIDERMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 173 750
Address
Terminalgt 114
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWYMAN RESEARCH MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 778,75
Address
13 Rossall Road Lancashire
FY5 1AP Thornton Cleveleys
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COSMETIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Place De La Cathedrale 1
28000 Chartres
Activity type
Other