At CEW today, we unpack the cutting edge exosome technology behind the SickScience skin care range, with co-founders Polen Koçak, PhD, Merve Yildirim and Tyler Heiden Jones. The patented NX35 technology at the heart of the brand was borne of Koçak and Yildirim’s joint expertise and experience in regenerative medicine and cancer research, respectively— initially in seeking a cure for Polen’s mother’s mesothelioma. In SickScience, the NX35 tech enabled the team to isolate exosomes for large-scale applications, cost efficiency, and stability for up to two years. In addition, other actives may be “uploaded” for specific skin care benefits. “We know how to work with these exosomes like coders,” explains Yildirim.

In breaking editorial news, WWD has promoted Jenny B. Fine to Beauty Inc Editor in Chief. Fine has been Executive Editor, Beauty, since 2017. “From her expert industry reporting to her exceptional leadership and mentorship across the beauty community, Jenny has been the driving force of beauty at WWD for many years, making her elevation to Editor in Chief even more meaningful to us all,” said Amanda Smith, President of Fairchild Media Group. Fine is also a CEW Board Member.

Meanwhile, in investment news, Monique Rodriguez is seeking brand founders to back the launch of her own investment fund. Rodriguez is the founder of Mielle Organics hair care, which she sold to Procter & Gamble a year ago.

The latest addition to the Sol de Janeiro range, Rio Radiance SPF 50 Sunscreen collection, has Sofia Richie Grange as its famous “face.” The American model and influencer appears in the brand’s new Sunscreen Worthy of Your Skin ad campaign. Meanwhile, influencer-entrepreneur Liah Yoo’s KraveBeauty skin care brand will make its debut in Southeast Asia, beginning April 18. The products will go into 38 Sephora across locations across Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Yoo plans to follow this with expansion to the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.

Across the pond, the British Beauty Council revealed the theme of British Beauty Week 2024 in London yesterday, at a gathering of industry insiders and executives. Running from October 23-27, 2024, the theme will be A Beauty Industry That Looks Like You. In addition, the council announced the launch of its own membership program.

Catch up on these and other stories at the links below. 

Has SickScience Cracked Beauty’s Biohacking Code? The game-changing range harnesses patented NX35 technology, developed and refined for skin care application by co-founders Polen Koçak, PhD, Merve Yildirim and Tyler Heiden Jones. (CEW)

WWD Promotes Jenny B. Fine To Beauty Inc Editor in Chief. Fine has been WWD’s Executive Editor, Beauty, since 2017. (WWD)

Mielle Organics Founder Launches Venture Fund. Monique Rodriguez is launching her own venture fund, to back other beauty brand founders. (INC)

The British Beauty Council Reveals Theme Of British Beauty Week 2024. The week, which runs from October 23-27, 2024, unveiled A Beauty Industry That Looks Like You as its theme. The council has also launched its own membership program. (THE BRITISH BEAUTY COUNCIL)

Sol de Janeiro Taps Sofia Richie Grainge As The Face Of New Sunscreen Range. The brand’s new global Rio Radiance SPF 50 Sunscreen collection features the media personality and model in its ad campaign. (PR NEWSWIRE)

KraveBeauty Makes Southeast Asia Debut. Founded by influencer-entrepreneur Liah Yoo in 2017, the range will roll out beginning April 18 to 39 Sephora locations across Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. (CHAILEEDO)

Allies Of Skin Announces $20 Million Investment Round. The premium skin care brand is earmarking the funds for a wide U.S. expansion. (BUSINESS OF FASHION)

Etienne Ortega Launches Makeup Range. The celebrity makeup artist has unveiled his own cosmetics brand, Ortega. (HAPPI)