Lipotype GmbH, a German Max-Planck spin-off company, launched its novel Lipotype Shotgun Skin Lipidomics Technology and offers lipid analysis services for applications such as cosmetic claim support, topical drug development, efficacy testing for dermatological pharmacology and the cosmetic industry.
High-throughput skin lipidomics with ultra-broad fully quantitative coverage
Until recently, investigating skin lipidomes was not a trivial task. On one hand, the analytical method needs to have coverage broad enough to encompass the variety of skin lipids, and a throughput allowing for statistically relevant studies. On the other hand the method should be compatible with a convenient sampling technique such as tape stripping. These prerequisites are now met in the Lipotype Shotgun Skin Lipidomics Technology platform as explained by Prof. Kai Simons, CEO of Lipotype: “We offer unprecedented throughput of hundreds of samples, absolutely quantified with broad coverage of ceramides, triglycerides and other lipids, and this is all available for samples collected by super-easy tape stripping.” The development of Lipotype Skin Lipidomics was supported by the German Central Innovation Programme for SMEs.
Applications of skin lipidomics
With tools such as Lipotype Skin Lipidomics it is now easy to investigate how the healthy skin lipidome is composed, how it changes in diseases or upon intervention with a drug or a cosmetic product. This lipidomic data can be used for cosmetic claim support, topical drug development and efficacy testing. “We are excited about new possibilities to include skin lipidomics in the product development process of cosmetics companies as well as for biomarker identification for dermatology”, says Dr. Oliver Uecke, Head of Business Development and Finance at Lipotype GmbH.
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