A ground-breaking, over-the-counter DNA-based anti-aging test received the 2013 European New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan, a leading worldwide market research and consulting firm. Dr Winston Wong of Imperial College London helped conceive of the revolutionary diagnostic tool, which uses genetic science to identify potential skin problems and provide prevention and treatment strategies. The test was then developed and commercialized by Professor Christofer Toumazu, who holds the Winston Wong Chair in Biomedical Circuits at the College’s Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology.
The New Product Innovation Award is one of Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practice Awards, recognizing excellence in innovation. In a press release announcing the award, Vin Nee Lim, a Frost & Sullivan spokesman, credited Dr Wong with being a pioneer in the field of “cosmeceuticals” – developing cosmetics with medicinal properties. Dr Wong’s leadership in this area, he said, has demonstrated “the significant value of using proven DNA sequencing technology to bring scientific authority to the cosmetics industry.”
Dr Wong received the award at a ceremony at London’s Guoman Cumberland Hotel on May 14, 2014.
In their announcement, Frost & Sullivan’s Vin Nee Lim said, “The major factor driving growth in the skincare market is the high demand for anti-aging products. Frost & Sullivan recognizes the innovation and commercial significance of [this] solution.
“… In view of the potential of emerging molecular biology techniques and the increasing demand for anti-aging solutions, we expect that [the] product will have a significant impact on the cosmetic industry.”