King’s College London (KCL) is partnering with Unilever to develop the Innovation Hub, which will bring scientists from both organizations together in a shared space to focus on research in personal care, human biology, and microbiology.
Designed to broaden the understanding of skin, scalp, and oral physiology through the development of computational models and bioengineering solutions, the Hub will help drive the next generation of personal care products, KCL reports.
The Hub will give Unilever direct access to expertise at KCL, facilitating new and innovative solutions to long-standing technical challenges, the school says. The company also will be able to access KCL’s expert measurement and analytical capability, including histology, imaging, omics analysis, and computational biology, the school adds.
In turn, KCL staff and students will be exposed to commercially relevant research that can help prepare them for future employment, the school says.
Eighth Unilever researchers will work with KCL academics in the Faculties of Life Science & Medicine, Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Unilever also will develop new ways of working with KCL’s Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and Chemistry Department.
KCL and Unilever first teamed up more than 20 years ago, with the company funding more than £3 million and leveraging a further £850,000 toward research at the school in the last five years in areas such as regenerative medicine, cardiovascular, nutrition, and dentistry.
“I am delighted at the launch of the Innovation Hub in partnership with Unilever. Driven by the ambition to build a world-leading partnership and center of expertise, this Hub will enable the co-creation of scientific ideas and innovations in the bioscience area in support of Unilever’s beauty and personal care business,” said Sir Robert Lechler, provost and senior vice president (health) of KCL.
“The Hub represents our ambition with King’s College to build a next generational world leading partnership which will further unlock world leading scientific research and new insights, ideas, and technology across our businesses,” said Samantha Samaras, PhD, vice president of science and technology, beauty and personal care R&D, at Unilever.