Hélios, the Group’s nerve center for perfumes and cosmetics research

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The LVMH Group inaugurated the Hélios R&D facility in November 2013. Built to High Environmental Quality (HQE) standards, the campus is designed as a hub to stimulate creativity in cosmetology.

Located in Saint-Jean-de-Braye, France, Hélios focuses entirely on research, creation and innovation. The 250 Group researchers who work at this 18,000-square-meter research hub for the Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy and Fresh Houses enjoy access to one of the country’s leading centers for cosmetics research and development. More than 20 professions are represented, including cell and molecular biology, chemical physics, ethnobotany, sensory analysis, formulation and histology, split into three strategic pillars: Research, Development and Expertise.

The complex covers 55 hectares in the heart of the Centre-Val de Loire region. These local roots are part of the DNA of Hélios, which reaffirmed LVMH Research’s commitment to Cosmetic Valley by entering into a partnership with the University of Orléans. This project, entitled Skinovalys, gives external researchers, along with local start-ups, VSE and SME, access to the state-of-the-art scientific facilities and expertise available at Hélios.

“The opening of our new Hélios research center is a hugely positive step for our Perfumes & Cosmetics professions. It is an asset, a center of excellence for developing the best products in accordance with the highest standards of quality. This ultra-modern site is also part of the Group’s strategy, in France, to constantly enhance its expertise in all its professions.”

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