Autophagy is an essential process enabling cells to recycle their waste, which has been studied in the context of many biological functions. In 2006, SILAB became pioneer in the discovery and study of cutaneous autophagy. The use of innovative models allowed the development of a natural and detoxifying active ingredient.
On Monday, October 3rd, the Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for having elucidated the biological mechanism of autophagy. It is a powerful process for degrading and recycling the constituents of cells. His work showed the importance of autophagy dysfunctions in a number of pathologies, as well as in the aging process.
As recently as 2006, autophagy was only "background noise" in dermatology. Since that date, SILAB's advanced research with its university partners has enabled it to implement a research strategy to more fully understand this machinery and its functions in the skin.