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Posted: Nov 03, 2011
RUSNANO to Support Production of Anti-aging Nanocosmetics
(Nanowerk News) RUSNANO is joining a project that will produce cosmetics based on double encapsulation technology. Earlier, the project attracted financing from Russian Venture Company's Seed Investment Fund. The project has a total budget of 65 million rubles. RUSNANO will receive an 18% interest in Nanoderm-Profi, the project company.
The project will produce anti-aging cosmetics, skin cleansing agents, and professional agents for cosmetic salons. The technology underlying production was developed in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, by Zhespar-Bios and the Ufa Science Centre's institutes of Biology and Biochemistry and Genetics, both affiliates of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The cosmetics are non-toxic and highly effective, thanks to the technology of double encapsulation. The active ingredient—uronic acid—is embedded in nanoparticles of cyclodextrin of less than two nanometers. Those particles are, in turn, surrounded by a spherical capsule of beta-cyclodextrin and plant-based lipids with diameters of 80 nanometers. When the nanostructures are applied to the skin, the external capsule dissolves and the nanoparticles of cyclodextrin transport the active ingredient through the transdermal barrier to the skin's deep layers.
Project company Nanoderm-Profi is already producing and selling the first series of its nanocosmetics. Earlier, the agent passed organoleptic, physiochemical, microbiological, clinical-laboratory, and toxicological testing by Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Welfare. As this project develops, Nanoderm-Profi plans to expand its assortment of active components.
"The project to produce anti-aging cosmetic agents won investment from the Seed Investment Fund of Russian Venture Company at the early stage of development. Today we have signed documents for a new large round of investment with RUSNANO. In our view, this demonstrates two important things," said Yan Ryazantsev, director of the Department for Investment and Expertise, Russian Venture Company. "First, that cooperation among Russian institutions for development is in a healthy spot. And second, that an important element in technical entrepreneurship—innovation lift—is fulfilling the goal set for it. We are confident that Nanoderm-Profi, with the entry of RUSNANO as an investor, will develop more rapidly and with greater success."
"Nanocosmetics is one of RUSNANO's project areas where production directly serves the consumer. We are interested in ramping up the project and participating in the next stages of its development," RUSNANO managing director Konstantin Demetriou explained.