Skin Challenges 2018 Awards

Scientific Contribution Award: Dr. Katharina Bitschar from the University of Tübingen, Germany presented the recent advances and perspectives on skin microbiota & epithelial. The scientific contribution award was awarded by the scientific committee. For more information about this award, please click here.

Poster Presentation Award: The third award was discerned to Nethanel Fridman from the School of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel for his poster presentation on the biodegradable nanoparticles as topical drug delivery into hair follicles. For more information about this award, please click here.

Industrial Innovation Award: The French company Greentech was awarded for its industrial innovation. Greentech actively presented their innovations strategies to prevent skin alteration. For more information about this award, please click here.

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Prof. Dr. med Jean Krutmann was awarded for his scientific achievements

During the 9th International Conference on Skin Challenges held in February 26-27, 2018, the Scientific Committee awarded Prof. Dr. med. Jean Krutmann, director of IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine at Düsseldorf, Germany for all his scientific achievements in the field of skin.

Prof. Dr. med. Krutmann gave a strategic presentation about “What’s new in extrinsic skin aging research? State of the art”. He highlighted the mechanisms through which air pollutants cause skin hyperpigmentation and he designed the way to claim anti-pollution ingredients for cosmetic products. For the scientific committee, Prof. Dr. med. Krutmann is a pioneer and vanguardist dermatologist. He actively participated to create new innovations in the field of skin protection and translated all his basic research into practical applications.

About Prof. Dr. med. Jean Krutmann: 
Jean Krutmann was born in 1959 in Menden, Germany, and obtained his MD from the University of Münster in 1986. After several stays abroad (postdoc at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and DFG stipend at the University Hospital for Dermatology in Vienna, Austria) he became resident, assistant/associate professor at the University Hospital for Dermatology of Freiburg.
From 1994 until 2001 he was full professor/deputy director of the University Hospital for Dermatology Düsseldorf.
In 2001 he was appointed Chair of Environmental Medicine at the Medical Faculty of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and thereby also Director of IUF. Under his directorship in 2011 the institute became a member of the Leibniz Association and was renamed IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine.

His research focuses on dermatoxicology, immunodermatology and photodermatology with a special emphasis on environmentally-induced skin diseases and skin aging.
He is author/coauthor of more than 400 contributions to scientific journals and books as well as editor of 9 textbooks.

Jean Krutmann was awarded several national and international prizes: Arnold Rikli Award, Albrecht Fleckenstein Award, Paul Gerson Unna Award, Oscar Gans Award, CE.R.I.E.S. Research Support Award and the Dermopharmacy Innovation Award. Since 2010, he is member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Science. Since 2012, he is speaker of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Healthy Ageing”. Additionally, he is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Senior Visiting Professor of the Human Phenome Institute of Fudan University.

Skin microbiota & epithelial barrier: the scientific contribution awarded Dr Katharina Bitschar

Dr Katharina Bitschar from the University of Tübingen, Germany was awarded for her scientific contribution and here studies related to the skin microbiota & epithelial barrier.

Dr Bitschar’s testimonial: “It is a great honor for me to be awarded by the ISANH for my scientific contribution. My work is about how the commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis influences skin colonization with the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. Our results show that S. epidermidis protects the skin from S. aureus infection. Interestingly, this protective effect could not be reproduced in vivo when the skin barrier was compromised by repeated tape-stripping. Therefore, we conclude that commensal-induced skin protection is highly dependent on the integrity of the epithelial barrier. Further analysis of the protective mechanisms revealed that this protective effect is partially mediated by IL-1 receptor signaling pathways. The international conference of skin ageing and challenges represents a great opportunity to exchange new concepts and share the latest developments in the field of skin microbiome research. I particularly enjoyed discussing potential future applications of skin microbiota with leading industry partners and other scientists.”

Dr Bitschar will present the updated of this study during the next Skin Challenges Congress which will be held in 2019. More information soon on




Biodegradeble nanoparticles as topical drug delivery into hair follicels awarded for the best poster of Porto Skin Challenges 2018

Nethanel Friedman from the Laboratory of Dr Ofra Benny at the Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem was awarded for his poster presentation and his studies about Biodegradeble nanoparticles as topical drug delivery into hair follicels presented during Porto Skin Challenges Congress 2018.

The poster of Mr Friedman highlighted the penetration and delivery of drugs into the deepest dermal layers. In his work, he developed an improved drug delivery system based on biodegradable nanoparticles targeting the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Accumulation of particles loaded with drug in the deepest layers of the follicles has a great potential to serve as an efficient tool for topical drug delivery in many diseases.

According to him: “Skin Challenges 2018” has been a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to the most updated and innovative research in the field of skin ageing.
International gathering of leading scientists from academy and industry that are working on skin challenges, provides a great platform to meet with colleagues in the field and to initiate new collaborations.
The event was very enjoyable and well organized. I am looking forward to participate in the meeting next year.”

The Scientific Committee awarded the French company Greentech for their industrial innovation.

During the 9th International Conference on Skin Challenges held in February 26-27, 2018, the Scientific Committee awarded the French company Greentech for their industrial innovation.
Greentech was selected for this award not only because they actively participated to Porto SKin Challenges 2018, but they also shared their innovations, vision and strategies with academics and other industrials with full transparency.
The scientific committee stated: “Greentech removed the barrers between industries and academics, and allowed to have a constructive scientific exchange”.
According to Prof. Edith Filaire and Greentech team: “The congress was very interesting, rich in high-level and up to date scientific presentations ranging from interventions on the latest data related to aging and exposome, and to the relationship between microbiota and its role in the skin. The congress brings together public and private researchers who had opportunity to discuss and exchange about cosmetic applications of presented basic results. After each session, discussion was very intense between researchers. It was a nice challenge for private researchers to be confronted with academic research.”
About Greentech:
For 25 years, the Biotech company GREENTECH is developing active ingredients for cosmetic and delivers customers in more than 40 countries in the world. The company has subsidiaries in US (GREENTECH US), in Germany (GREENTECH GmbH) and now in Brazil (MAPRIC, 35 years local company producing ingredients from brasilian plants for cosmetics, pharmacy and nutraceuticals). The raw materials used by GREENTECH Group are plants, seaweeds and algae (thanks to her subsidiary GREENSEA) and micro-organisms (thanks to her subsidiary BIOVITIS). The success of the companies is due to proximity and service supplied to customers but also to continuous and dynamic innovation process in concepts and also in sciences. GREENTECH has developed a sustainable network of sourcing with local and faithful local producers in many countries, who allows GREENTECH to have quality raw materials
Greentech has developed a powerful anti-pollution skin protector, URBALYS® using an extract from berries concentrate in lignans. The active ingredient stimulates central barrier functions to fight the negative effects of pollution. Indeed, URBALYS® is a powerful global anti-pollution skin protector with 4 global actions to protect skin from pollutants. 1) It protects at molecular level by activating genes implicated in redox balance, detoxification and skin barrier integrity 2) it protects at cellular level by limiting the induction of the inflammation and by limiting the overproduction of ROS and then, by modulating the cellular defences and maintaining the redox balance 3) It protects at tissular level by strengthening the cutaneous barrier and maintaining the dermis integrity 4) At organ level, URBALYS® protects from prolonged pollution aggression since it improves hydration, protects skin homogeneity, increases skin radiance and luminosity and attenuates skin spot intensity after 21 days of pollution exposition.