Shannon ABC’s core cosmetic technical expertise is based around natural extract development and characterisation and specific cosmetic testing; in vitro (in the lab) and in vivo (in people) testing.
Natural extracts: valorisation of natural materials, by products and waste products are a core reason for the establishment of Shannon ABC. Shannon ABC has delivered a range of projects based on natural extract development, characterisation and efficacy testing. This includes state funded, EU funded and industry funded projects. Types of biomass utilised include plants such as primrose, orchid, ragwort, seaweed, Ginkgo biloba, holly, ivy and berries and organisms such as microalgae, cyanobacteria, diatoms, fungi and sea sponges. Types of bioactive compounds extracted include lipids, carbohydrates, carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, polysaccharides and enzymes.