L’Oréal lifts the lid on its newly-opened Gerland R&D centre
L’Oréal’s scientific communication director, Patricia Pinaud , explained the objectives behind its newly opened Predictive Evaluation Center. The Gerland research and development center, which is situated on the outskirts of Lyon, was inaugurated in April and has been dedicated to the predictive evaluation of the safety and efficacy of L’Oréal’s newly developed products.
The centre will be used to test products in the early stages of development. One of the aims of the investment has also been to fulfill current and ongoing regulatory issues, both in Europe and worldwide. One of the most pressing issues for L’Oréal is to comply with forthcoming EU regulations that will ban the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals, which the company says it is about to crack. "Thanks to predictive evaluation we are on the point of being able to abandon animal testing", Pinaud said.
One of the core capabilities of the centre is the tissue engineering, providing laboratory-grown skin samples to conduct life-like testing of topical products.