Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

London South Bank University spin-out company’s skin-testing device a revelation for cosmetics industry

04.10.2006
Physicists from a London South Bank University (LSBU) spin-out company will travel to America next week to launch a skin-testing device which promises better performances from moisturisers, shampoos and suncreams.

Professor Bob Imhof, chairman of Biox Systems, will unveil the firm’s latest AquaFlux product – the AF200 – at the International Society for Biophysics and Skin Imaging conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 14.

The AquaFlux is a hand-held electronic instrument which measures water vapour loss when it is placed on patch of skin. The readings show how good the skin barrier is – a vital indicator of skin health. “When testers require data on the effectiveness of a new shaving or cleansing product, for example, they measure the skin’s barrier property before and after the product has been applied,” Professor Imhof explained. “The AquaFlux tells you whether the skin condition has been improved or whether the barrier has been damaged by that product.”

The new AF200 – with its improved ergonomics and enhanced capability for measuring TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss) – is expected to be in high demand from cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies. “We also see the AquaFlux as having the potential for measuring sweat so that could open up other markets for us,” Professor Imhof said. “Possible applications may include athletic performance, breathable fabrics, wound dressings, even lie detecting.”

Biox Systems was founded in 2002 with £40,000 from LSBU and the London Business Innovation Centre. “The support we’ve had from the University’s commercial arm has been absolutely vital to our development,” Professor Imhof said. “We’re also planning a number of other products and are keen to attract further investment to take us forward.”

Phil Smith | alfa
Further information:
http://www.biox.biz

More articles from Physics and Astronomy:

nachricht Witnessing turbulent motion in the atmosphere of a distant star
23.08.2017 | Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie

nachricht Heating quantum matter: A novel view on topology
22.08.2017 | Université libre de Bruxelles

All articles from Physics and Astronomy >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene

Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.

As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...

Im Focus: Exotic quantum states made from light: Physicists create optical “wells” for a super-photon

Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.

Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...

Im Focus: Circular RNA linked to brain function

For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...

Im Focus: RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.

The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...

Im Focus: Scientists shine new light on the “other high temperature superconductor”

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Call for Papers – ICNFT 2018, 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology

16.08.2017 | Event News

Sustainability is the business model of tomorrow

04.08.2017 | Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

What the world's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals

23.08.2017 | Life Sciences

Treating arthritis with algae

23.08.2017 | Life Sciences

Witnessing turbulent motion in the atmosphere of a distant star

23.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>