Bilberry Polyphenols for Cosmetic Use

April 16, 2013

Two companies are developing an "almost colorless" bilberry ingredient.

DianaPlantSciences Inc. (Portland, OR) has reached an agreement with Solabia (Pantin, France) to develop and commercialize an “almost colorless” bilberry extract.

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a rich source of polyphenols such as procyanidins, and these are sought for nutritional and cosmetic purposes. But bilberry’s natural deep pigment is an obstacle and limitation for some product development. Once DianaPlantSciences develops the almost colorless ingredient from plant cell cultures, Solabia will substantiate its cosmetic benefits and commercialize the ingredient as an innovative product for the cosmetic marketplace.