"This isn’t L’Oreal’s first foray into skin production. Looking to avoid animal testing, the company started farming derma back in the 1980s. In Lyon, France, it runs lab facilities the size of three Olympic swimming pools, dedicated entirely to growing and analyzing human tissues."
"L’Oreal uses roughly half the skin it produces and sells the rest to pharmaceutical companies and rivals in the cosmetics industry. The company wouldn’t provide current prices but in 2011 told Bloomberg that samples cost $70.62 (U.S.) a pop. Nine skin varieties are available, covering a range of ages and ethnicities."
"With San Diego-based Organovo’s help, L’Oreal aims to speed up and automate skin production within the next five years."
"L’Oreal, which is more of a tech company than many people realize, spends about 3.7 per cent of its revenue – more than $1-billion annually – on research and development. That’s about twice the industry standard, says Bloomberg analyst Deborah Aitken. An army of about 3,800 L’Oreal scientists in about 50 countries work on creating beauty breakthroughs."
From http://ow.ly/N7drZ :
L’Oreal’s plan to start 3D printing human skin
The French cosmetics giant earlier this month announced that it’s partnering with bioprinting startup Organovo to figure out how to 3D print living, breathing derma that can be used to test products