Is researching a new skin analysis method in collaboration with CHILL
Maastricht is home to a small-scale lab known as CRB Benelux. The company has eight employees who work with innovative ingredients for personal care products on a daily basis. The company is committed to experimenting with, testing, and adapting ingredients to create new technologies for exclusive cosmetics brands. This collaboration with CHILL aims to develop even more inventions in the future.
"You don't have to come up with a concrete question first; you can invite students to brainstorm with you."
The cosmetics industry is an extremely large and innovative sector, with global developments that follow each other in rapid succession. As a result, there is a strong need for continuous research. “We’ve worked with interns from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in the past. One of the professors told us about CHILL. We’ve been working with them for a year now,” says Hera Lichtenbeld, a cell biology advisor at CRB. According to her, location is one of the primary benefits: CHILL is just a stone’s throw from Maastricht, where CRB is headquartered. “Plus,” she adds, “young people have a very different take on things than seasoned professionals.” Also of note is the excellent price-quality ratio. “If you plan on working with a commercial lab, you first need a detailed plan and a concrete research question. And the costs are considerably higher as well. At CHILL, the students are encouraged to get involved, too.”
"In my experience so far, the students are extremely enthusiastic and really enjoy what they do."
Hera is also pleased with the facilities CHILL offers students. “They get to use high-quality equipment and work on research projects that we aren’t able to carry out. I only have one word to describe the collaboration: excellent!” says Hera. Three students, one supervisor, and one coordinator are currently working on the CRB Benelux project. They meet once a month to discuss their progress. The students signed a confidentiality agreement at the start of the project, which means they cannot disclose any information about the assignment. And what exactly is the assignment? “We can’t share much at this point; what I can say is that we submitted a request to help develop an analysis method for skin microflora. We deliberately chose this learning environment and haven’t regretted it for a second. After this assignment, we may contact CHILL again in the future. In my experience so far, the students are extremely enthusiastic and really enjoy what they do,” says Hera.