Dior Research & CiRA

  • We are honored to announce the signing of a unique Research partnership between Dior Research (LVMH Research and Development at Helios) and Laboratory of CiRA at Kyoto University, a center directed by Professor Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and stem cell specialist.

  • Under the direction of CiRA Director Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the CiRA is the leading centre for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell* research.

    It is conducting innovative research for medical such as regenerative medicine and drug development in order to realize new treatments. A part of the result has led to clinical trials for some intractable diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

     

    * Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells 

  • With a keen interest in the Dior scientists’ latest discoveries in stem cells in the cutaneous domain, the CiRA laboratory led by Associate Professor Knut Woltjen will provide iPS cells from healthy aged donors and expertise in genome editing. This marks the first time that a CiRA laboratory has entered into a scientific partnership with a French luxuary cosmetic house.

  • This is a major sign of recognition for Dior Science, now with 20 years’ experience in stem cell research, which has given rise to 17 discoveries in the cutaneous domain and some 55 publications, as well as several academic partnerships. Inspired by Professor Yamanaka’s discovery of reprogramming adult cells into stem cells, Dior Science recently made successful progress that opens new doors in the evolution of stem cells with age.

This unique partnership, as well as the long-term exchanges between Dior Science (LVMH R&D) and the CiRA, create hope for major therapeutic discoveries in the skin, and cutaneous rejuvenation.