Reef Safe Personal Care Products and Biodegradability

June 21, 2024

The oceans’ coral reefs, often called the “rainforests of the sea,” are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. However, they face many threats, including climate change, overfishing, and pollution. Among the pollutants are chemicals found in skincare products, such as chemical sunscreens. As awareness grows about the impact of these substances on […]

Delving Deeper into Sunscreens

March 14, 2024

Sunscreen should be a crucial part of our skincare routine, providing protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun—both outdoors and indoors. However, as awareness about the environmental impact of skincare products grows, it becomes important to delve deeper into the ingredients that make up sunscreens. We will explore the various components […]

What is the Skin Barrier?

March 9, 2023

By: Elena Chaikin   “Replenish your skin barrier,” “Repair damage in your skin barrier,” “Improve your skin barrier.” We often hear these phrases and more about skincare.   But what do these mean? What is our “skin barrier”?   Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It helps protect everything inside us. The […]

Blog post: Viral Glycobiology Research

January 25, 2023

Application Focus:  Viral Glycobiology Research Glycobiology is important in a number of ways for viral research.  Viral surface proteins are often heavily glycosylated to both avoid recognition by the host cell and, in some cases, interact with host receptors.  For example, the spike protein glycosylation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is usually the extension of an […]

Peoria, And the Birth of Industrial Fermentation and Bioprocessing – Part I: Whiskey Capital

November 18, 2022

By Elena Chaikin The Midwest Bioprocessing Center is proud to have gotten our start in Peoria, IL.  Located halfway between St. Louis and Chicago, Peoria and the surrounding area has a rich history as a fermentation and bioprocessing technology hub. In a series of posts, we will take a walk-through Peoria’s early days as the […]

The History of Sun Protection

July 28, 2022

By Elena Chaikin, Marketing Manager Sun protection has been important to people for centuries. Many cultures developed their own methods to keep their skin from burning, from pastes and lotions derived from ingredients found in nature, to special clothing that warded off the sun. It’s fascinating to know how far we’ve come with sun protection, […]

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