Welcome to the 9th edition of the Cosmetic Victories

The Competition


One of the most challenging issues of the Cosmetic Valley is to detect and support the young innovative companies, as well as to promote the research and the cosmetic sciences. This led to the creation of The Cosmetic Victories competition in 2015, sponsored by the Cosmetic Valley-ESSEC endowment fund.

The competition, recognized by the profession, aims to reward and promote students, researchers, start-ups and SMEs in charge of innovative projects, related to the perfume and cosmetics industry, as well as to promote the research and innovation that will participate in the future of the cosmetics industry.

Objectives of the competition

  • To support projects run by researchers, start-ups and entrepreneurs from the perfume and cosmetics sector
  • To promote the worldwide research excellency
  • To facilitate the access to the market

The Cosmetic Victories awards 2 prizes:

  • The Academic Prize, for the most relevant research project that meets the new technical challenges of the cosmetic industry
  • The Industry Prize, for the best cosmetic innovation of the year



Who can take part in the competition?

The Cosmetic Victories competition is open to contestants from all around the world:

  • The Academic Prize: for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers
  • The Industry Prize: for managers of business-creation projects, innovative start-ups and SMEs



Which types of research & innovation?

  • From primary research project to applied research project, all research works are eligible (all kind of TRL)
  • All kind of innovation may be presented as a project submission, in any field of application of the cosmetics industry's value chain: raw materials, formulation, packaging, tests, finished goods, …
  • The innovations can come from the perfume and cosmetics industry or can be the result of technology transfer from other sectors to the cosmetic field: new technologies, new products, new processes, new services, new concepts or new organisations.



The prize

Recognition by the profession

The international jury’s excellence adds value and considerable scope to each prize-winner’s project.


International exposure

Following the competition, there will be major national and international press coverage.


Technical backing

Project holders might be supported by Cosmetic Valley to develop their project, facilitating collaborations, and connecting with Beauty Hub, the cosmetics accelerator


Financial backing

To support the competition’s prize-winning projects, and based on the COSMETIC VALLEY-ESSEC endowment fund, winners of The Cosmetic Victories award will receive a cash prize of €10,000.



Take part in the ceremony

Registration for 2024 Edition

Nominees for 2024

 For the Academic Research Prize


 The project "Deciphering the Code of Scent: a Bio-Inspired AI for Accurate Odor Perception Prediction", carried by Matej Hladiš from Côte d'Azur University (France)

 The project "A Unique test to assess the Toxicity of Cosmetic Products on Aquatic Environments: an Innovative, Approach for More Sustainable Products", carried by Philippe Lebaron from Sorbonne University (France)

 The project "Photoproduction of Bio-based Hydrocarbons", carried by Poutoum Palakiyém Samire  from French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission - CEA (France)


 For the Industrial Prize


 The project "Live-Active Probiotic Skincare Tissues and Serums", carried by Ohad Bendor Bendas from NanoSpun Technologies (USA)

 The project "Revolutionizing The Future Of Bio-Ingredients With The Power Of Microbes & Green Chemistry", carried by Prateek Mahalwar from Bioweg (Germany)

 The project "Carbon to Couture: Synthesis of Fragrant Compounds from Carbon Dioxide", carried by Denys Shevchenko from Copper Lavender AB (Sweden)



To take part all you need to do is register by filling in the following form in English.

 Each year from october to january

The Jury

The Cosmetic Victories relies on an international prestigious jury, composed of scientific, innovation cosmetic experts, members of the major companies and top names in the perfume / cosmetics sector.


The panel of judges brought together major public institutions, representatives from the profession and prestigious French brands :


Marc-Antoine JAMET  COSMETIC VALLEY  President

Christophe MASSON  COSMETIC VALLEY  General Manager

Marc MAZODIEZ ESSEC VENTURES  Professor head of the Marketing Department

Laurence DORLHAC  Journalist

Isabelle BENOIT  NAOS Group  Scientific Director at BIODERMA

Jean-Christophe CHOULOT  CAUDALIE  Research & Development Director


Carine FELIX  SHISEIDO  Research & Development Director

Florent MAS  SOTHYS  General Manager

Boris MICHELIN  JOHNSON & JOHNSON  Research & Development Site Director

Katell VIE  CLARINS  Asset Research Director

Estelle BOUVET  GROUPE ROCHER Innovation & Development Director

Patrick CHOISY  LVMH RECHERCHE  Innovation department Director

Sandrine OTTONELLO  BPI France  Chemistry & Environment sector manager

Mickael POLETTI  HERMES  Research & Development Director

Francois VIOT  SFC  President

José GINESTAR  SISLEY  Research & Development Director


Members of the Selection Committee 2024

Associate Professor - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Naresuan University
Amandine GOUBERT
R&I Director Cosmetic Valley
Majella LANE
Director, UCL Skin Research group - School of Pharmacy, University of London
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin · Department of Interfacial Phenomena
Professor of mathematics and informatics Data Science and Artificial Vision
Professor in the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Technology fields at the Department of Drug Sciences at the University of Pavia
Lionel RIPOL
Department of Basic Sciences – Québec University
Associate Professor Cosmetic Science Laboratory Faculty of Pharmacy Chiba Institute of Science
Laurent BILLON
Professor IPREM UMR5254, CNRS
Wen-Yin CHEN
Precision Healthcare and Nutrition Technology Laboratory

The Endowment Fund

The COSMETIC VALLEY-ESSEC endowment fund was set up in 2013 to promote French research and to take part in developing employment in the perfume and cosmetics field, with the aim of showcasing the reputation of French cosmetics and the “Made in France” label.

That is why the Endowment Fund authorised the establishment of an annual international competition for young researchers, academics, university students and those from France’s prestigious higher education institutes, as well as people in charge of innovative projects (from start-ups and SMEs) in the perfume and cosmetics field.

The first edition of the competition was launched in 2015 with the name

“The Cosmetic Victories”.







The Academic Prize 2024


Université de Côte d'Azur (FRANCE)

Deciphering the Code of Scent: a Bio-Inspired AI for Accurate Odor Perception Prediction:

This innovative project uses knowledge of odor coding, the biological mechanism by which our brains interpret smells, to develop a bio-inspired AI capable of accurately predicting odor perception. Grounded in fundamental biology, our pipeline can incorporate genetic information, enabling the creation of personalized scents. By opening the way for the modeling of complex mixtures, we aspire to create a tool that empowers its users to craft innovative fragrances, while also providing alternatives to raw materials to reduce their ecological impact. 


The Academic Prize 2023

Ophélie PIERRE

Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FRANCE)

Model Of reiNnervaTed Human Skin : 

The project involves the final validation of a model of skin reconstructed by sensory neurones. These are obtained from human samples, thereby doing away with using animals. An irritated or sensitive skin can be simulated using this unique model. This research work will be used to develop new, more appropriate ingredients and new care products, especially for atopic skins.




The Industry Prize 2024



Revolutionizing The Future Of Bio-Ingredients With The Power Of Microbes & Green Chemistry 

MicBeads100 is a bacterial cellulose-derived functional micropowder replacing solid microplastics like PMMA in cosmetics & personal care products – the bio-alternative medium to large companies in the FMCG sector are seeking for. Consciously produced by upcycling agri and food waste and applying green chemistry, our innovative and sustainable ingredient brings value by fully biodegrading within 60 days, surpassing synthetic polymers in performance and complying with new EU regulations on microplastics. 



The Industry Prize 2023

Maximilian WEBERS

Colipi (GERMANY)

Carbon-Light Alternative to Palm Oil :

The start-up has opted to work with the fastest-growing micro-organism on Earth and for which CO2 is the only carbon source.  This innovation converts the carbon dioxide in the air into biomass, thereby producing a vegetable oil with very similar properties to palm oil, whose cosmetic properties are highly acclaimed. It not only provides a technical substitution for palm oil but also a decarbonisation solution for industry.



The Academic Prize 2022


CNRS Researcher in Glychochemistry - Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales – CNRS, Grenoble (France)

Carbogel A Simple and Eco-Friendly Carbohydrate-Based Gelling Agent for Oily Phase :

The project relates on the supramolecular gelation of organic liquids, such as organic solvents or oils, with monosaccharide derivatives that self-assemble into hierarchical 3D network of nanostructures. The sweet gelators are made from an eco-friendly and efficient method (reaction in water). Gelation could be performed by sonication, or by heating/cooling, or by dilution. The gel is considered as a stimuli-responsive and controlled delivery matrix for cosmetic agents. Finally, our project contributes to "green" and sustainable cosmetics by limiting our environmental and social impact.


The Industry Prize 2022

Stefan MAZY

CEO Founder - Derma Health Solutions Pty Ltd (Australia)

SkinRNA Micro-cell Test :

A world-first, repeatable, epigenetic diagnostic skin patch and laboratory test that quantifies skincare effectiveness via real-time gene expression activity. Our device collects more than 15,000 genes, while our algorithms provide gene expression activity scores for skin functions including collagen and elastin production, and skin inflammation. After product intervention, a second test is performed measuring new gene activity against initial benchmarks. Consumers can then repeat testing at intervals to track and monitor skin improvement at a genetic level without waiting for visible signs.



REPLAY : The Cosmetic Victories 2023 - Award Ceremony

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