L’Oréal to 3D-print Skin Samples for Product Testing

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, May 22, 2015

L’Oréal is teaming up with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin, which will be used in product tests. Organovo has already made claims it can 3D-print a human liver and is one of the first companies in the world to offer commercially available 3D-printed organs.

L’Oréal currently grows skin samples for use in testing from tissues donated by plastic surgery patients. The beauty firm produces more than 100,000 0.5sq cm skin samples per year and grows nine varieties across all ages and ethnicities. 

This is Organovo’s first tie-up with the cosmetics industry, but experts believe printed skin has more value in a medical scenarios.
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