8/31/2018

New York, New York – “And Action!”

9th Conference of the International Coenzyme Q10 Association

A huge stage for Beiersdorf’s R&D in the 20th Q10 anniversary year: on invitation by the International Coenzyme Q10 Association, two of our scientists presented the latest results of their Q10 skin research in New York at the end of June. The international Q10 Association was founded in 1997 by notable international scientists in order to foster intensive exchange among international experts. 

“The opportunity to present our work to the international scientific community on invitation by the society’s Executive Committee is a tremendous honor for R&D at Beiersdorf,” said Dr. Thomas Blatt, Principal Scientist Skin Biology. “This shows that Beiersdorf’s research is highly regarded among scientific experts.”

Thomas Blatt und Julia Weise
Dr. Thomas Blatt and Dr. Julia Weise in New York.

The latest findings about Q10’s importance in the aging process

At this year’s meeting, Dr. Thomas Blatt and Dr. Julia Weise, Lab Manager in Biological Testing, presented the latest Beiersdorf-findings about Q10’s role in the aging process of skin cells and put them up for discussion. “In our scientific cooperation with the University of Ancona, we at the Beiersdorf R&D team have found that decreasing Q10 levels are of major relevance for the aging process of skin cells – in fact, we think declining levels of Q10 may even play a causative  role in cellular aging,” Blatt said. This has never been scientifically demonstrated in this form before. It is now viewed as a relevant and novel discovery regarding the metabolic relevance of Q10 in aging. “I am convinced, that our recent and further experimental studies will certainly yield deeper fundamental insights into the human aging process and offer new approaches for various scientific and medical challenges,” the researcher added.  

Highly effective combination partners of Q10 introduced

In a special scientific session at the conference, Julia Weise discussed how the beneficial effects of Q10 can be further strengthened by addition of highly-effective combination partners. “The combination of Q10 and the potent antioxidant vitamin C boosts cellular respiration to a higher degree than Q10 alone,” said Weise, who holds a Ph.D. in biology. “One other very effective combination partner for Q10 is creatine. Creatine plays a key role in the energy supply of cells. Using our cell cultures, we demonstrated that cells release collagenases that break down collagen following UV stress. The UV-dependent breakdown of collagen is one cause of premature skin aging. You can prevent the induction of collagenases if you incubate the cells with the active ingredient combination of Q10 and creatine prior to UV exposition.” (Poster details can be found here.) 

Dr. Julia Weise
Dr. Julia Weise presented this poster at the event.

“And action!”: A look behind the scenes at Q10 research

Curious to see what goes on behind the scenes at Q10 research? Dr. Thomas Blatt, Dr. Julia Weise and Alexandra Vogelsang take you on a journey into their research field and their daily lab work in the video “Q10 – 20 Years of Successful Skin Research.” 

About the editor: Diana Lühmann

Since 2014, Diana has been responsible for R&D Communications at Beiersdorf. Prior to that, she was editor-in-chief of the Beiersdorf intranet and responsible for various HR, Brands, digital and strategic communications topics and projects. For our blog, Diana dives into the fascinating world of research and development and takes us with her to peek behind the scenes of our skin research.