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L'OREAL and Hurel Corporation Announce R&D Collaboration to Develop a Non-Animal Alternative, Microfluidic Biochip
Date:1/14/2010

PARIS and NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- L'OREAL and Hurel Corporation ("Hurel") today jointly announced that they have achieved the initial milestone of a research and development collaboration to create a new and transformational in vitro test for potential allergic reactions to substances that could come into contact with the skin.  The new device, named "Allergy Test on a Chip™," is intended to comprise a technological substitute for the animal test known as the local lymph node assay ("LLNA").  LLNA is presently accepted by regulatory agencies worldwide as a standard means for evaluating potential allergenic responses to new ingredients of consumer and industrial products.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with Hurel in the development of Allergy Test on a Chip, which is totally in line with our 25-year commitment in non-animal toxicology," said Jacques Leclaire, Ph.D., Director of Life Sciences Research at L'OREAL.  "Hurel's microdevice represents cutting-edge research and development, directed towards creating a breakthrough technology complementing our efforts in building alternative, integrated testing strategies.  While the ultimate success of this advanced and complex research project is not a certainty, the critical goal it addresses makes it a most worthwhile endeavor for us as a company."

R&D activities of the collaboration are being performed by Hurel in the United States, with contributions by L'OREAL's scientific team.  Allergy Test on a Chip, a patented embodiment of Hurel's multi-tissue, microfluidic cell culture technology, will integrate a reconstructed human skin; a separate cell culture capable of simulating a human immune system response (i.e., an allergic reaction); and means of micr
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