L'Oreal has signed an exclusive research partnership with French biotechnology firm Poietis to explore the possibilities of bioprinting a hair follicle, the small organ that produces hair, using a bioprinter.
Poietis developed the laser-assisted bioprinting technology to produce biological tissue that can position cells in 3D with extremely high cellular resolution and cellular viability.
This unique bioprinting technology involves successively layering micro-drops of bioinks using a quick scan by a laser beam. The living biological tissue created must then be matured for around three weeks before it can be used in tests.
Combining this technology with L'Oreal's expertise in hair biology could make it possible to create a functional follicle capable of producing hair, which is the goal of both companies.
"Our partnership with L'Oreal should lead to the development of innovative applications in terms of tissue engineering," said Bruno Brisson, General Manager and Chief Business Officer at Poietis.
"We're very proud to be working with L'Oreal. The fact that a world-renowned company is adopting our technology is a major step for Poietis," said Fabien Guillemot, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer at Poietis.
The two companies said their multi-annual research partnership in the areas of hair biology and hair engineering should ultimately lead to new advances in hair knowledge and enable the development of exclusive efficacy testing on bio printed hair samples.