Greece is once again a pioneering force in the field of natural beauty. Microsmetics is a promising EU funded project for the discovery of novel cosmeceutical agents from microorganisms, which aspires to become a successful model of an efficient, long-lasting collaboration between Industry and Academia for the sustainable exploitation of existing know-how and produced knowledge.

Coordinated by the Faculty of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the project is developed by four Academic and four Industrial partners from Greece, France and Spain that are world leaders in their field. 

The aim is to discover and develop innovative products in the area of cosmeceuticals originating from global biodiversity through the use of emerging and state-of-the-art technologies in the field of biotechnology, natural product chemistry and applied microbiology. Special attention will be given to the anti-oxidant, skin-protecting and skin-whitening activity of all the derived products while optimum fermentation technologies will be used to ensure sustainability of the final products. 

These objectives will be implemented through an extended and balanced scheme of researcher’s exchanges and recruitment, in both directions and via a mutual scientific project developed on the needs and interests of both Industrial and Academic sectors, making the most of existing complimentary expertise.

The duration of the project is four years and has a total budget of 2.2 million euros.