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Period: October 15, 2012 to June 17, 2013
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Companies, Organizations  

L'Oréal Announces Product The Company Claims Actually Regrows Hair

L'Oréal announced the Densifique, a breakthrough product the cosmetics company claims actually grows back hair. Developed in the company's facilities in Paris, Densifique works by reviving dormant hair cells, allowing them to recover and grow back, L'Oréal scientists say. Used daily by applying the product on the head and massaged into the scalp, Densifique will grow back 1,500 hairs within 90 days and continue working to revive more of the 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles an average human head has, according to the company.

"L’Oreal claims breakthrough product coming can regrow hair", Digital Journal, June 12, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Opens Innovation Center In California

Johnson & Johnson Innovation announced the opening of the Johnson & Johnson California Innovation Center in Menlo Park, California. One of the four regional hubs being established by the consumer goods company, the innovation center is designed to help the company advance healthcare by promoting cooperative efforts in science and technology between regional innovators and the Johnson & Johnson group of companies. Johnson & Johnson also announced that Second Genome has signed a research collaboration deal with Janssen Biotech, Inc. focusing on research into microbiome mechanisms and their potential role in ulcerative colitis.

"Johnson & Johnson Innovation Announces Opening of the California Innovation Center", Johnson & Johnson, June 05, 2013

Innovation & New Ideas  

Entrepreneurs Apply 3D Printing Technology To The Creation Of Cake Toppers

An enterprising young British couple who lacked an oven for baking has nevertheless launched a baking business using a printer that creates edible 3D sugar statues that can be eaten on their own or used as cake and pastry decorations. The couple, former architectural students, applied a 3D printing technology used by architects to create physical models of buildings prior to construction. Their first creation was a tiny cupcake topper that spelled a friend's name. The couple, which has partnered with celebrity chef Duff Goldman to create a large wedding cake embellished with their confections, firmly believes that the technology has opened up “a whole new set of possibilities” for the baking industry.

"Is this the future of baking? The 3D printer that creates incredible confectionery from scratch", Daily Mail Online, June 04, 2013

Wendy’s Polishes Its Image – And Raises Prices – Inexpensively By Using Unusual Breads

An analyst from Janney Montgomery Scott says Wendy’s plan to roll out a pretzel cheesburger nationally this summer is part of a broader strategy to convince consumers that its menu is becoming higher quality – e.g., more premium breads – without increasing its own costs. The reasoning is that a unique bun gives a burger the appearance of better quality, and is therefore worth a higher price. Wendy’s goal is to polish its image in an effort to compete with the more upscale Chipotles and Paneras of the world. Janney analyst Mark Kalinowski upped his forecast for sales at Wendy's restaurants open at least a year to five percent – up from two percent – in the third quarter when the Pretzel Bacon Cheese-burger is expected to be released.

"Wendy's pretzel burger isn't just about taste", Yahoo! News, May 31, 2013

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