Our Science


"I am among those who think that science
has great beauty."

— Marie Curie


BIOEFFECT isn’t your average skincare company. In fact, we didn’t even set out to become a skincare company, but the science led us here. The Nobel Prize-winning discovery of growth factors in 1986 opened up a universe of genetic research which inspired three Icelandic scientists. They spent the next ten years developing a method to bioengineer human growth factors in barley.

What is EGF

In the past thirty years, science made significant breakthroughs on the molecular and genetic level, some of which answer crucial questions about our own biology. Have you ever asked yourself how does an infant's skin grow so far without breaking? Or, why do people develop wrinkles? Or, how do plants grow? If you have, then you’ve touched on the subject of growth factors.

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BIOEFFECT: Purity

Purity, in BIOEFFECT products, is profoundly important us. We’re proud of the fact that our flagship BIOEFFECT EGF Serum contains only seven ingredients. Only seven because that’s all your skin needs for proven, effective, radiant anti-aging and hydration.

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The Process

Why grow epidermal growth factor in barley? Scientists have experimented with other mediums, including E. coli, which poses the risk of endotoxins, and human cells, which pose moral, ethical, and legal issues (as well as being strictly against EU law). But barley possesses striking advantages when it comes to growing growth factors.

First, barley is self-fertilizing: a barley plant will not pollinate another barley plant, not even an identical barley plant growing an inch away from it in the greenhouse. This is of vital importance when it comes to molecular farming: because barley is a closed system, pollen with new genes cannot be spread to other plants. In fact, BIOEFFECT conducted an infield research experiment over four summers, investigating over 700,000 plants in order to confirm that there was no cross-breeding.

Barley’s second great advantage is that it stores protein in its seeds. Because epidermal growth factor is a protein, it makes it easier to find and extract the bioengineered EGF. BIOEFFECT: over ten years of research and testing to create the best that nature and science has to offer.

The Proof

We’re not like other skincare companies. Because BIOEFFECT was founded by scientists who spent ten years developing the technology to deliver groundbreaking products, our standards are extremely high. Similarly, we demand a different caliber of proof when it comes to demonstrating the efficacy of our skincare line.

No less than world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Ronald Moy researched and published four independent studies on the efficacy of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum and our plant-made EGF. Furthermore, Dr. Martina Kerscher, professor, dermatologist, and an expert in aesthetic dermatology, conducted a unique, double-blind study that astounded everyone involved. In as little as two months, remarkable changes were documented by the scientists analyzing the results, and participants perceived substantial improvements in their skin.

BIOEFFECT is a game changer: cutting edge science for beautiful skin.