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Announcement:- 1-day Skin Characterisation Workshop - London, June 23, 2016


On 23rd June, Biox will host a 1-day Skin Characterisation Workshop in London, to provide hands-on experience with four sophisticated skin characterisation instruments, as follows:-

The Wheelsbridge Tissue Viability Imager TiVi700 can see beneath the top layer of the skin or other tissues, to provide information about the underlying microcirculation and other tissue parameters. Click here for more information.
   
The Biox Epsilon E100 is a contact imaging system with a linear and calibrated response for characterising near-surface properties of skin and other electrically insulating materials. You can use it, for example, to measure stratum corneum hydration and imperceptible perspiration even with poor skin (hair, wrinkles, etc). Click here for more information.
   
The Pixience C-Cube Clinical Dermoscope is a colour-calibrated ultra-high definition imaging system for diverse skin measurements, including colour in Lab* co-ordinates, melanin & hemoglobin, dryness, sebum content and skin structures such as wrinkles, pores and micro-relief. Click here for more information.
   
The Biox AquaFlux AF200 is an evaporimeter using patented condenser-chamber technology to deliver unrivalled performance in skin barrier asessment in-vivo & in-vitro. Click here for more information.
 


Click here to download a 2-page pdf brochure with further details.

Click here to download an editable pdf registration form.

January 2016:- Biox appointed Distributor for Pixience C-Cube Dermoscope

Biox has been appointed exclusive distributor in the UK and Irish Republic for the Clinical Edition of Pixience's C-Cube digital dermoscope.

The C-Cube camera is easy to use by trained or untrained operators. It captures calibrated, glare-free images of skin and hair in ultra-high definition. The software provides protocol management for clinical studies as well as image analysis to assess more than 20 dermal characteristics from every image. These include dryness & desquamation, hair & scalp, pores & seborrhea, pigmentation & ageing, vascularisation, erythema, micro-relief and make-up. The calibration ensures that these assessments are reliable and repeatable from camera to camera and from time to time.

The C-Cube camera can also be used ex-vivo, with an optional sample reader accessory. With it, you can evaluate the manufacturing quality of tablets & capsules, the colour consistency of solutions & creams, seborrhea (with Sebutape) and skin dryness (with D-Squame patches).

Click here to download the C-Cube brochure.

December 2015:- SCC Technology Showcase, New York, USA

We are presenting a poster on:-

Multi-location Clinical Trials: Do Tewl Readings Change with Altitude ?

at the SCC Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, Hilton Hotel, New York. Go to Library section of this website to download the poster handout and to see what else we have published recently.

November 2015:- Epsilon Software Update - Version 2_2

Version 2_2 of the Epsilon software is an incremental update with some improved functionality and an important bug fix. It incorporates the following features and improvements:-

1.   The Event Trigger functionality is updated and its resolution is improved.
2.   The state of the reference panel is temporary stored.
3.   The loaded records in analysis mode are now controlled automatically. The most recent capture is always displayed in the analysis panel, and the one before in the reference panel.
4.   The percentage number of pixels in burst and video analysis is now presented in time-series graphical form.
5.   The arrow keys are now dedicated to move the RoI, they cannot be used in any other purpose.

The software, including installation instructions and updated software instruction manual are available for download from the Support section of this website.

December 2014:- Epsilon Software Update - Version 2

Version 2 of the Epsilon software is more than an incremental update. It has been developed from the ground up to deliver the best performance in terms of image display, image capture and image analysis. Version 2 offers the following main new features and improvements:-

1.   Snapshot, Burst and Video capture modes.
2.   Live image display in all capture modes.
3.   Live time-series graphs and histograms in all capture modes.
4.   Circular Region of Interest (RoI) for live & captured images & videos.
5.   Second display panel for side-by-side comparison of captured images & videos.
6.   Excel-compatible log and analysis files.
     
The software, release notes and instruction manual are available for download from the Support section of this website.

August 2014:- AquaFlux Software Update - Version 9

This new release was motivated by the need for compatibility with modern versions of Windows. Version 9 can run in 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista/7/8/8.1. It retains the ability to run in 32-bit Windows XP, but 64-bit XP is not supported. Hardware compatibility includes most desktop & laptop PCs, but not tablets. A full statement of compatibility is given in the Installation Instructions.

Version 9 also introduces a some new features and improves on others, as outlined in the Software Release Notes. All materials, including an updated AquaFlux Instruction Manual can be downloaded from the Support section of this website.

We urge all users to update to Version 9. This is particularly important if you are still using the original Version 6 of the software. The technology used in AF200 AquaFlux instruments has evolved in many ways since its original introduction in 2007. Version 6 of the software will not work correctly with the newer instruments, because it is not aware of their changed characteristics. Version 9 is fully compatible with all AF200 instruments, from the first to the latest.

June 2014:- Computational Biophysics of the Skin

Computational Biophysics of the Skin  

Bob Imhof (Biox) and Perry Xiao (London South Bank University & Biox) co-authored Chapter 11 (pp 333-352) of this book, entitled:-

Water Diffusion through Stratum Corneum

The book was edited by Bernard Querleux, whom we thank most sincerely for his skill, wisdom and patience.

Publisher: Pan Stanford Publishing. Print ISBN: 9789814463843, eBook ISBN: 9789814463850.

April 2014:- Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, 4th Edition

Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology  

Bob Imhof (Biox) and Gill McFeat (McFeat Science) co-authored Chapter 11 (pp 131–140) of this book, entitled:-

Evaluation of the Barrier Function of Skin Using Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) A Critical Overview

The book was edited by André Barel, Marc Paye & Howard Maibach. We thank them for their professionalism dedication and patience.

Publisher: CRC Press. Print ISBN: 978-1-84214-564-7, eBook ISBN: 978-1-84214-565-4.

January 2014:- Non Invasive Diagnostic Techniques in Clinical Dermatology

Non-Invasive Diagnostic Techniques  

Bob Imhof (Biox), Perry Xiao (London South Bank University & Biox) and Irena Angelova-Fischer (University of Lübeck) co-authored Chapter 31 (pp 345-352) of this book, entitled:-

TEWL, Closed-Chamber Methods: AquaFlux and VapoMeter

The book was edited by Enzo Berardesca, Howard Maibach and Klaus-Peter Wilhelm. We thank them for their professionalism, dedication and patience.

Publisher: Springer Verlag. Print ISBN: 978-3-642-32108-5, Online ISBN 978-3-642-32109-2.

December 2013:- The Epsilon is here!

Epsilon E100

Finally we are ready with the Epsilon - the world's first permittivity imaging system! After frustrating technical delays we are happy that the instrument is now working reliably. The software is still a bit primitive, although we're ahead of the game in one respect - compatibility with the newer versions of Windows. We will be evolving the capabilities of the software in response to user feedback, with free updates to be published in the Support section of this website.


Click here to download the brochure in pdf format (1.7MByte).

July 2013:- Biox is Growing

Christos Christos Bontozoglou has joined the Biox team with a remit to develop software for embedded processors and their interactions with sensors, actuators, PCs and users. His first degree is in Automation from Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and he recently graduated (with distinction) from the University of Essex with a MSc in Embedded Systems. His responsibilities include software design & development, trouble-shooting and customer support. Christos adds Greek to the languages Biox can communicate with.

March 2013:- Major AquaFlux Software Update

Please update all the PCs and laptops you use with the AquaFlux instrument to the new Version 8 of the AquaFlux software. This is important to pre-empt future compatibility issues. You can download the installation file and instructions by logging in to the Support section of this website.

January 2013:- Swiss SCC Winterseminar, Champfèr, Switzerland

Biox is again sponsoring this annual event of the Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists. It is held in the spectacular surroundings of Champfèr near St Moritz. Hotel Europa provides congenial surroundings for the discussion of scientific and professional matters. Of course, nature is not neglected, and the middle of each day is devoted to winter sports. This year, Bob Imhof will be presenting an invited talk on:-

Messen heisst Wissen

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

December 2012:- SCC Technology Showcase, New York, USA

We will be presenting a poster on:-

Membrane Solvent Penetration Imaging

at the SCC Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, Hilton Hotel, New York. Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

November 2012:- ISBS World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bob Imhof (Biox) and Gert Nilsson (WheelsBridge AB, Sweden) are sharing an exhibition table at this conference. Gert is the Honorary Congress President and he will present a keynote lecture on Methods and Instruments, a pro and con Prospect. Bob will deliver a 10-minute Exhibitor’s Workshop presentation on:-

Biox Epsilon, A new Permittivity Imaging System

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

September 2012:- Stratum Corneum VII & Skin Forum, Cardiff, Wales

This will be a first joint meeting of the Stratum Corneum Society and the Skin Forum. Biox is sponsoring the event and its exhibition stand will feature both the AquaFlux and a new permittivity imaging system (the Epsilon) that is still under development. Biox personnel have contributed to two poster presentations as follows:-

Membrane Solvent Penetration Measurements using Contact Imaging
P. Xiao, M.E. Lane & H.M. Abdalghafor

Digital Imaging Processing for in-vivo Skin Measurements
P. Xiao, W. Pan & X. Ou

In addition, Bob Imhof will be presenting an invited keynote lecture on:-

Hydration Measurements: the +ve & -ve

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

April 2012:- 13th PPP Conference, La Grande Motte, France

We are again sponsoring the PPP Conference, held this year during 11-14 April at the usual venue. We will be there with a demo AquaFlux system and a first announcement of a new product, the Epsilon. Biox personnel have also contributed to the following two poster presentations:-

Calibration of Franz Cell Membrane Integrity Test by the TEWL Method

Membrane Solvent Penetration Measurements using Contact Imaging

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

February 2012: Biox is Growing

Rafia Rafia Parvez has joined Biox to help with the growing volume of manufacturing, servicing, testing and calibration work. Qualified to BTEC Level 3 in Engineering, she will develop her skills through a Biox-sponsored apprenticeship programme and other educational courses. Rafia adds Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi to the languages Biox can communicate with.

January 2012:- SSCC Winterseminar, Champfèr, Switzerland

Biox is sponsoring the 2012 Winterseminar of the Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists. This event is held each year in the spectacular surroundings of Champfèr near St Moritz. Hotel Europa provides congenial surroundings for the discussion of scientific and professional matters. Of course, nature is not neglected, and the middle of each day is devoted to winter sports.

January 2012:- Major AquaFlux Software Update

Please update all the PCs and laptops you use with the AquaFlux instrument to the new Version 7 of the AquaFlux software. This is important to pre-empt future compatibility issues. You can download the installation file and instructions by logging in to the Support section of this website.

January 2012:- New Customer Support Section

The new password-protected Customer Support section is an important addition to our website. With it, we can make materials available to our customers that might also be useful to our competitors. A good example is the AquaFlux Instruction Manual.You get an up-to-date printed version at the time of purchase, but this dates quickly. Now you can log-in and pick up the latest version.

The first step in accessing the Customer Support section is to fill in an application form. You will get an e-mail when your password has been activated.

We acknowledge the excellent work of two French student interns, Cyrille Cornu (Ecole des Mines de Nancy) and Jean-Sébastien Niel (ESIGELEC, Saint-Etienne du Rouvray) who developed the log-in/log-out code and the context-sensitive Back link at the bottom of most pages.

October 2011:- Training School of Skin Bioengineering Techniques, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Biox was invited to contribute four AquaFlux instruments to this Training School, organised by Sanja Kezic and co-workers at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. This is part of a programme of events of the SkinBAD (Skin Barrier and Atopic Diseases) network under the BMBS (Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences) action of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) framework.

Bob presented a short training talk entitled:-

AquaFlux TEWL Measurement.

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

May 2011:- 22nd World Congress of Dermatology, Seoul, South Korea



 

This was a huge event with a huge commercial exhibition. The stand was organised by our South Korea agency INTECH Co. It was staffed (from left to right) by:-

Jean-Jacques Servant (EO-Tech, France)
Hyung Chul Lee (Intech)
Gert Nilsson (Wheelsbridge)
Bob Imhof (Biox)
YoonJeong Shin (Intech)

March 2011:- 12th Annual Meeting of the Skin Forum, Frankfurt, Germany

This conference was organised by the International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology in partnership with the Skin Forum. Bob Imhof (Biox) and Gert Nilsson (WheelsBridge AB, Sweden) shared one of the commercial stands. Bob presented an invited lecture on:-

Measuring Barrier Function

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

February 2011:- Modelling Barrier Membranes, Frankfurt, Germany

This was a small meeting of 38 registered participants, organised by Michael Heising, Jörg Kreuter, Babett Lemke, Arne Nägel & Gabriel Wittum of the Goethe University of Frankfurt. The venue was the posh Villa Giersch on the outskirts of Frankfurt.

As the organisers explained, they did not know what to expect, and so it turned out. Even the word modelling was found to have more interpretations than initially thought and there were valuable contributions from research with physical models alongside the expected mathematical and computational ones.

Of course, barrier membranes are of special interest to Biox, but the presentations also included models of the blood-brain barrier and epithelial barriers in the lung and intestines. Bob presented a talk on:-

Mathematical Model for the Stratum Corneum Water Loss Barrier

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

February 2011:- Internship London Award



 

We were very pleased to receive this award for our work with undergraduate and technician interns, especially as it is based on their feedback. Since 2005, Biox has worked with more than 20 interns from France, UK and Spain. They work on projects in physics, numerical modelling, database programming, web development, embedded processor development, software development, etc. The software engineering of this website, for example, owes much to the work of our interns.

January 2011:- SSCC Winterseminar, Champfèr, Switzerland

Biox is sponsoring the 2011 Winterseminar of the Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists. This event is held each year in the spectacular surroundings of Champfèr near St Moritz. Hotel Europa provides congenial surroundings for the discussion of scientific and professional matters. Of course, nature is not neglected, and the middle of each day is devoted to winter sports.

October 2010:- SF2iC VIIIème Congrès SF2iC, Bordeaux, France

The 8th congress of the Société Francophone d'ingénierie et d’imagerie Cutanée was held in the Hotel Burdigala, Bordeaux on 13-14 October. Apart from the usual hands-on demo of the AquaFlux, the Biox stand also presented a demo of South Bank University’s AquaImager, a contacting imaging device incorporating a silicon fingerprint array sensor. The AquaImager was also the subject of Bob Imhof’s oral presentation:-

Images de la Peau In-vivo par Capteurs d'Empreintes Digitales

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

April 2010:- 12th PPP Conference, La Grande Motte, France

This year, we are again sponsoring the PPP Conference. As usual, we will be there with a demo AquaFlux system and our latest accessories.

February 2010:- Announcement of SCS Publications Prize of 2009


SCS Publications Prize 2009    

 

The following paper has won the Publications Prize of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists for the year 2009:-

Closed-chamber Transepidermal Water Loss Measurement: Microclimate, Calibration and Performance.
RE Imhof, MEP De Jesus, P Xiao, LI Ciortea, EP Berg
IJCS 31, Issue 2, 97-118, April 2009.

Four of the five co-authors have connections with Biox as staff members or directors. Click here for a summary of its contents.

December 2009:- SCC Technology Showcase, New York, USA

George Kramer of STE, Inc of Baltimore will present a poster on:-

Effects of Non-Aqueous Vapours on Condenser-chamber TEWL Measurements.
LI Ciortea, RE Imhof, P Xiao and G Kramer

at the SCC Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, Hilton Hotel, New York. Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

October 2009:- Prize Draw Winners

Prize This year, we held prize draw competitions for participants of the following meetings:-

OEESC Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland
ISBS International Congress, Besançon, France
Stratum Corneum VI Conference, Boston, USA


The challenge in each case was the same - answer the questions that prove your credentials as a world-expert in TEWL.

We were impressed by the number of correct entries received, given how tough the questions were. The winner of the magnum of Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Champagne was drawn from a hat.

September 2009:- Stratum Corneum VI Conference, Boston, USA

Biox and STE, Inc will be demonstrating the AquaFlux, Neurometer and TiVi systems at the SCVI Conference, September 30 - October 2, in Boston. Biox researchers have also contributed to two poster presentations, as follows:-

3D Mathematical Modelling for Dynamic Water Diffusion Through Stratum Corneum.
P Xiao and RE Imhof

New Model for TEWL Change during Tape Stripping of the Stratum Corneum.
RE Imhof, P Xiao, LI Ciortea, MEP De Jesus and CL Elliott

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

September 2009:- ISBS International Congress, Besançon, France

Bob Imhof (Biox) and Gert Nilsson (WheelsBridge AB, Sweden) are sharing an exhibition table at this conference. Bob Imhof will also contribute an oral presentation:-

Macro-scale Mathematical Model for Hydration and TEWL in intact Stratum Corneum.
RE Imhof, P Xiao and LI Ciortea

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

June 2009:- OEESC Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

The British Occupational Hygiene Society is hosting the 2009 International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals in Edinburgh during June 14-17. Bob Imhof of Biox will be there to present a contributed poster on:-

Stratum Corneum Barrier Function Measurement using Fingerprint Sensor and Condenser-TEWL Methods.
P Xiao, LI Ciortea, H Singh, X Zheng, EP Berg and RE Imhof

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

June 2009:- Chul comes to Town

Our South Korean representative, Hyung Chul Lee of Intech Co., Uiwang-city, came to London to familiarise himself with Biox products and technology. It did not take him long to become familiar with life in England either. Inbetween intensive training sessions, there was time to view the sights of Cambridge and to train in the ancient craft of punting.

March 2009:- ISBS Symposium, Dallas, USA

The 2009 US Technical Symposium of the International Society for Biophysics & Imaging of the Skin will be held in Dallas, Texas, on March 19-21. Biox will be represented by our distributor, STE Inc.

March 2009:-  Skin Forum, Versailles, France

This year's Skin Forum meeting will take place at the Palais des Congrès in Versailles, on March 9-10. It is a combined event of the 10th Annual Meeting of the Skin Forum and the 3rd APGI Skin and Formulation Symposium.

Bob Imhof of Biox will be presenting an invitedplenary lecture on:-

Skin, Air and Water.

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

January 2009:-  Launch of the New Biox Website

After a busy Christmas period, we are finally able to replace the old website with this new look. We thank Lucy for greeting visitors to our old home page, but she's had to make room for the new quick-links to key information, such as the ever growing lists of AquaFlux users and their publications. Please e-mail us if you have any suggestions for improvement, or if you spot any problems or mistakes.

December 2008:- SCC Technology Showcase, New York, USA

Bob Imhof of Biox and George Kramer of STE, Inc will team up to present a poster on:-

Open-chamber and Condenser-chamber TEWL Methods: Mathematical Model and Experimental Comparisons

at the SCC Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase at the Hilton Hotel in New York.
Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

September 2008:- 17th EADV Congress, Paris

Bob Imhof (Biox) and Gert Nilsson (WheelsBridge AB, Sweden) will be sharing Booth P128 at this congress. This may be a good occasion to discuss open vs closed measurement chamber questions!

May 2008:- SCC Suppliers' Day , Edison, NJ, USA

STE, Inc, our representatives in North America, will be exhibiting the AquaFlux alongside their other skin test instrumentation (Neurometer & Venustron) at the SCC Suppliers' Day meeting in the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison, New Jersey, USA on May 13-14. You'll find George Kramer in Booth 638.

May 2008:- ISBS International Meeting, Seoul, Korea

We're really looking forward to this, the first joint meeting of the ISBS (International Society of Biophysics and Imaging of Skin) and the ISDIS (International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin). Biox personnel have contributed to the following poster presentations:-

Barrier integrity testing with a condenser-chamber TEWL instrument

In-vivo stratum corneum thickness and water diffusion coefficient measurements using opto-thermal radiometry and condenser-chamber TEWL method

Skin capacitance imaging for surface profiles and dynamic water concentration measurements

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

March 2008:-  11th PPP Conference, La Grande Motte, France

We'll again be at the PPP conference this year, presenting a poster on:-

Franz Cell Barrier Integrity Testing using a Condenser-chamber TEWL Instrument

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

December 2007:- SCC Showcase in New York

Biox and STE, Inc, its representative in North America, will team up to present a poster on:-

Open-chamber and Condenser-chamber TEWL Methods: Mathematical Model and Experimental Comparisons

at the SCC Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase at the Hilton Hotel in New York. Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

September 2007:- Dermato-cosmetic Sciences Course, Brussels

Bob Imhof (London South Bank University & Biox) will present an invited lecture on:-

In-vivo and in-vitro applications of closed-chamber TEWL measurements

at the Intensive Course in Dermato-cosmetic Sciences, hosted by the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium. Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

August 2007:- EMBC Conference, Lyon

Biox will be exhibiting the AF200 AquaFlux at the 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society This meeting is being held in the Convention Center, “Cité Internationale”, Lyon, France in conjunction with the biennial Conference of the French Society of Biological and Medical Engineering (SFGBM). The dates are August 23-26, 2007.

July 2007:- SCV Conference, Cardiff

Biox will be demonstrating the new AF200 AquaFlux at the SCV Conference, July 11-13, in Cardiff. Biox researchers have also contributed to three poster presentations, as follows:-

Stratum corneum hydration and TEWL measurements during the drying process of an over-hydrated skin site.
WKR Wong, AM Cottenden, P Xiao, LI Ciortea, X Zhen & RE Imhof.

In-vivo Skin Imaging For Hydration and Micro Relief Measurements.
H Singh, P Xiao, EP Berg & RE Imhof.

Measurement of water holding capacity using a condenser-chamber TEWL instrument.
P Xiao, LI Ciortea & RE Imhof.

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

June 2007:- Major Update to Website

We've re-developed our website using modern technology based on templates and stylesheets. The old website had problems keeping itself together, because the content was separate from the navigation frames.

The basic conversion is now complete. Some pieces are still missing and others are in need of updating, but it is usable. We are looking forward to adding new content, especially applications details, over the next few weeks. Our thanks go to our ex-trainees, Stéphane & Fabien from the Nancy Ecole des Mines, for their splendid contributions to this development.

April 2007:-  Skin Forum Meetings

The Skin Forum, a focus group of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is holding its 8th Annual Meeting at the University of London School of Pharmacy on April 3-4. This meeting is preceeded on Monday April 2nd by a one-day meeting on drug delivery across the nail.

Biox personnel will be participating in both events. Bob Imhof is presenting an invited talk entitled Nails and Water at the one-day meeting. In addition, three poster at the Forum meeting feature Biox personnel as co-authors.Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

Apart from the above scientific contributions, Biox is also making a contribution to the free interchange of (scientific) ideas by sponsoring the wine at the all important forum dinner.

October 2006:-  The AF200 is launched



The best has just got better. We published the first announcement of the all-new AquaFlux AF200 at the USA Technical Symposium of the ISBS. Over 2 years of development has gone into this instrument, driven by feedback from our users. Faster response, lower probe weight, USB interface, new ActiveX software, probe Start/Stop button - it's all there and more. Oh, did I mention the price? That's come down too, thanks to improvements in manufacturing efficiency. And for our current AF10x users, there's an attractive new-for-old trade-in deal available. Just ask!

October 2006:-  ISBS USA Technical Symposium, Atlanta

Stone Mountain National Park was the venue for the USA Technical Symposium of the ISBS. Biox scientists contributed to the scientific programme of the conference as follows:-

Podium Presentations:-

Franz Cell Barrier Integrity Assessment using a Condenser-Chamber TEWL Instrument.

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

April 2006:-  The PPP at La Grande Motte

This was our first forray to this well established conference at this well established site. And it's easy to see why this conference series is such a success - lively sessions with plenty of afters. Biox scientists contributed to the scientific programme as follows:-

Podium Presentation:-

Measurement of Stratum Corneum Water Holding Capacity and Swelling Effect.

Poster Presentation:-

Effect of Solvent Vapours on TEWL Measurements.

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

April 2006:-  We're growing

Dr Lorelai Ciortea of the National Institute for R&D, Cluj, Rumania joins the Biox team as Customer Support Manager. Lori is well qualified to support our users, having qualified for PhD at the home of AquaFlux, the Skin Bioengineering Research Centre of London South Bank University.

September/October 2005:- ISBS/ISSI, Philadelphia

Philadelphia (well, the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington actually) was the venue for the World Congress on Non-Invasive Studies of the Skin, a Joint International Meeting of ISBS, ISSI and ISDIS. Apart from the usual demonstration of TEWL measurement with the AquaFlux instrument, the Biox stand was also showing new in-vivo and in-vitro accessories for measuring transpiration through fingernails. Biox scientists also contributed to the scientific programme of the conference as follows:-

Podium Presentations:-

Mathematical Modelling for Water Concentration Depth Profiles and Water Migration within the Stratum Corneum.

Reconvolution Analysis of Occlusion Recovery Flux Curves.

Poster Presentations:-

Mathematical Modelling for TEWL Calibration Using Droplet Method.

Rapid Measurement of TEWL with a Condenser-chamber Instrument.

Go to Library section of this website to view summaries and download the presentations in pdf format & to see what else we have published recently.

September 2005:- Cosmetics 2005, Florence

Our next big event is the Cosmetics 2005 International Conference of the IFSCC in sunny Italy. Come and visit the Biox stand and discover for yourself how easy it is to get accurate TEWL measurements with the AquaFlux.

June/July 2005:- Skin Forum, Winchester

The 6th annual meeting of the Skin Forum was held at the University College, Winchester in the period 29 June - 1 July 2005. Bob Imhof was an invited speaker, presenting a lecture on TEWL and the Skin Barrier. Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

March 2005:- We're off to Oz

Biox will be demonstrating the AquaFlux at the 39th Annual Conference of the ASCC, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 17-20 March. On Saturday 19th March, Bob Imhof will be presenting an invited talk on the Measurement of TEWL. Go to Library section of this website to view the presentation and to see what else we have published recently.

October 2004:- Look us up at the Peabody in Orlando

Biox will be demonstrating the AquaFlux at the US Symposium of the International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (28-30 October). As a member of the TEWL Calibration Consortium, Biox will also be involved in presenting the results of this research, for which the following abstracts have been accepted:-

Podium Presentations:-

A New Calibration Method for TEWL with Traceability to Measurement Standards.

Mathematical Analysis of ASTM-96 Based TEWL Calibration Method.

Poster Presentations:-

Error Budget for the Droplet Method of TEWL Calibration.

Traceable Calibration for TEWL: Does it make a Difference in Practice ?

Go to Library section of this website to view the presentations and to see what else we have published recently.

June 2004:- Biox at the SCIV Meeting in Paris

Biox demonstrated the AquaFlux at the 2004 Stratum Corneum IV Congress at the Hotel Meridien, Paris, June 17-19, Paris.

October 2003:- Biox at the Mother of Parliaments

Biox was exhibiting a poster in the Palace of Westminster at the "Set for Britain" event on October 22nd. The aim of the event was to inform Members of Parliament of the economic worth of research in UK universities by highlighting exploitation through spin-out companies. Click here for a photo of the Right Honourable John Horam MP (left) undergoing a skin test, to see if he is thick-skinned enough to become Prime Minister, and here for a pdf version of our poster (1.5MBytes).

April 2003:- Biox is National News !

On April 24, Biox made it into the City & Business section of the Daily Express (page 56, not page 3!). The article by Maisha Frost gives some background information about the formation and aspirations of Biox as part of the paper's "Start your own business... our great weekly guide" series. Click here for a scan of the article.

December 2002:- Biox wins SMART Award

Biox has won a SMART award from the UK's Small Business Service to study the feasibility of developing new types of measurement head for water vapour flux density. Applications targets include the regulated medical market and industrial sectors such as food, packaging and textiles, where water vapour transport needs to be monitored and controlled. SMART awards are granted on a competitive basis, where companies' ideas are measured against each other and the most attractive ones are supported. The project ends in June 2004.

November 2002:- Biox wins BT Award for Technical Innovation


  On November 29 at the 2002 London Business Innovation Awards, staged in the British Library, Biox Systems Ltd won the BT Award for Technical Innovation for the development of the AquaFlux. The AquaFlux measurement principle was invented by Professor Bob Imhof and his research team, to measure three in-vivo skin parameters, trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), skin surface water loss (SSWL) and perspiration and how they change with skin type, skin condition and in response to environmental exposure or skin treatments.

August 2002:- TEWL Calibration Project

Biox is a member of a project team aiming to develop, for the first time, traceable calibrations for various TEWL measurement instruments in current use. The other consortium members are:-

Dstl

Enviroderm Services (Project Leader)

Gillette

National Physical Laboratory

London South Bank University (Skin Bioengineering Research Centre)

Further support for the project in terms of expertise and the loan of instruments is provided by the following manufacturers:-

Skinos Co Ltd

Courage & Khazaka GmbH

Delfin Technologies Ltd

The project is funded by the UK Department of Trade and Industry under its National Measurement System initiative. It started in August 2002 and is expected to be completed by September 2004.

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