Based on extensive expertise in skin tissue engineering and cell biology, StratiCELL, founded in 2005, has continuously developed a range of in vitro models and testing solutions to support the development of skin care products. The company has more than 140 customers, including the biggest names in the cosmetics and dermo-pharmaceutical industry.
Driven by a passion for science, StratiCELL researchers work daily to provide scientific data and support innovative claims. Skin models include keratinocytes, fibroblasts, melanocytes, adipocytes, sensory neurons, endothelial cells in monolayer cultures, as well as 3D reconstructed skin under basal, inflammatory, stressed, pathological and other conditions.
The transparency of our studies and the quality of our reports make StratiCELL a leader in product claim substantiation in the field of skin biology. As market players are constantly looking for new concepts, StratiCELL continually offers new models and tests at the cutting edge of innovation.
Based on a solid scientific and technical background, as well as an MBA from the Solvay Business School in Brussels, Michel founded StratiCELL early in 2005, and has been its CEO since 2006. He is also member of the board of Plant Advanced Technologies, registered in the Paris NYSE Euronext’s equities market. “We do at StratiCELL a fascinating work serving the scientific community, that brings new challenges and exciting projects every day”.
Coralie has worked at StratiCELL for over 12 years. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Biotechnologies and Bioindustries, she held several posts as a research assistant before joining StratiCELL in 2006. Her rigorous approach, unparalleled attention to detail and complete mastery of the laboratory's techniques mean that your projects and the lab facilities in her care could not be in better hands.
Aline is Study Director at StratiCELL. Her thesis work at the University of Namur focused on stress induced premature senescence. She joined the team in 2008 as a Research Scientist, and was appointed to the post of Study Director in 2011. Her wide-ranging skills and know-how go without saying! In charge of the management of clients' projects, Aline always finds time to interact personally with the sponsor as required in order to ensure that each project meets expectations and much more besides.
Sandra joined StratiCELL as a Management Assistant in October 2009. Sandra is responsible for accounting, billing, project finances, logistics, administration and human resources at StratiCELL. She will be your first point of contact and her experience is your guarantee of the smooth running of your project.
Caroline Smal has a Master's in Chemistry from the University of Namur. She started her career studying transcription factors activation for a private company, then joined the team in 2010. Her extensive experience and her dedication to finding creative solutions earned her promotion to Study Manager in 2017. In addition to ensuring high quality results for your projects, she has a very important role in the interpretation of your data. You are certain to be in contact with her in the near future!
Roland has been R&D Project Manager at StratiCELL since 2014 and has been working for 12 years in bioassay development and biomarker discovery, using multi-disciplinary approaches from molecular and cellular biology. He has been actively involved in the development of new services such as the study of models exposed to urban pollution, complexification and integration of different skin cell types, chronic inflammation and atopic dermatitis. He is always willing to discuss original ideas to ensure the success of your projects.
Maureen joined StratiCELL as a Project Leader in October 2016. She holds a Master's Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Namur (Belgium). During her graduate training, she studied the regulation of IL-4 and IL-13 receptors in atopic dermatitis. She also gained experience in stem cells and regenerative medicine during her internship in London. When she started at StratiCELL, Maureen quickly proved herself extremely proficient in developing new in vitro assays and managing complex projects.
Armelle joined StratiCELL as a Project Leader in February 2017 after obtaining her PhD in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mons. Her research on cell characterization of myoblast strains led her to study the spatiotemporal coordination of differentiated myotubes on micropatterned substrates. Her internship in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) allowed her to learn how to isolate intracellular compartments from muscle cells. She has used her expertise in molecular and cellular biology to lead internal studies within the Research & Development department.
Céline joined StratiCELL as an R&D Scientist in 2017. She acquired extensive expertise in molecular biology, protein chemistry and histology during her PhD at the University of Mons. She also gained experience in molecular genetics and primary cells isolation and culture during her internships in the Molecular Genetics Therapy Laboratory (University of Western Australia) and in the Inserm laboratory of Physiology and Experimental Medicine in Montpellier. She is currently developing various models of human skin equivalents, including different cell types.
During her master's degree at the University of Louvain, Elowine developed a strong interest in the interactions between microorganisms and their environment. She started working on biofilms during her master's thesis and had the opportunity to improve her knowledge of this topic during her PhD in Switzerland. She conducted research in relation to microbial food safety in the context of collaboration between the Agroscope in Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). After obtaining her PhD in 2018, she joined StratiCELL as an R&D Scientist in January 2019. She is responsible for the development of the new microbiology lab and the implementation of components of the cutaneous microbiota in our in vitro skin models.
Louise joined StratiCELL as junior Project Leader in October 2019. She holds a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Namur. During her master's thesis, she studied the role of lysosomes in the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into hepatocytes. She then joined the diagnostics company LaCAR Mdx and completed her experience in molecular biology in the Department of Pathology of the University of Brussels.
During her PhD in Biology from the University of Liège, Christel developed her main scientific skills in cellular and molecular biology, immunology and microbiology. She rapidly joined the Life Science Business. She first developed and managed a network of strong business relationships with AgriFood, Biotech, Life Science and Pharmaceutical industries in Wallonia in order to enhance the activities of the Forem Biotechnology Training Center of Liège. She then pursued her career as a Business Developer for Coris BioConcept in the clinical microbiology in vitro diagnostic field, and now for StratiCELL since November 2019. Christel is willing to promote and increase StratiCELL’s business, always eager to listen to your requirements and describe the quality of work you can expect from this outstanding team !
On the relevance of an in vitro reconstructed human epidermis model for drug screening in atopic dermatitis
IFSCC Congress Paris 2014 - Identification of skin benefits of a Lepidium meyenii root extract on reconstituted epidermis, using whole transcriptome profiling by DNA microarrays and a new Skin Knowledge Database