Baxter Laboratories collaborates with Melbourne-based universities to create an Immune Balance Rating™ (IBR™) for topical Skin Care products.

Baxter Laboratories is the industry-partner, in a major Advanced Manufacturing CRC project with RMIT and Monash University.  The research has resulted in the development of a series of in-vitro test methods for assessing immune response in respect of topically applied ingredients and formulations.  More specifically, the research relates to a method for determining the potential for an immune system response, including the potential for hypoallergenicity, of topical ingredients, components and formulations.  The tests are conducted on human skin cells and immune cells for their likelihood of eliciting an immune system response.  Alterations in biomarkers are assessed and measured using a specific quantitative assay.  The dose response profile of each test compound can be compared to known reference material.  The patent-pending IBR rating comprises 5 criteria or “Product Indicators”.  They are: Immunostimulation, Immunosuppression, Phototoxicity, Protection against UV Damage, Protection against UV Immunosupression.

The following table shows the five product indicators and the immune balance rating for topical ingredients, components or formulations using a system based on stars.

The benefits of this test procedure are numerous and include the potential to reduce or eliminate the need for animal testing, minimises formulation costs and optimises formulations and provides evidence-based (dose-response) information to support product claims.



Baxter Laboratories revolutionises the Sun Care market with its ‘Dry Touch’ and ‘Clear Zinc’ Sunscreen Technology

Baxter Laboratories developed and launched the ‘Dry Touch’ and Clear Zinc’ Sunscreen technology in Australia in 2007. Using unique technologies and specialised formulation techniques, we are proud to have developed sunscreens which not only provide the highest SPF protection available for the Australia Sun Care market, and the highest level of Water Resistance, but also unique properties for specific market segments. These sunscreen formulations are not only cost competitive, but also present significant differences to current available formulations on the market.

These formulations have been developed for sale globally, and provide attributes that are not available in many of specific regions. Innovation is at the forefront of these formulations, together with our sunscreen business model and philosophy. We develop for the future, utilising not only unique ingredients from our key suppliers, but also innovative formulating techniques that add value aesthetically and also effectively.



Baxter Laboratories consults customers on service expectations to develop Project Streamline

Project Streamline is an internal process improvement program.  After discussions with several key customers on service improvement ideas, the overwhelming communication from our customers was the following. They felt under pressure, with retailers demanding reduced project launch dates, speed to market was becoming more critical, retailers were pushing harder on margin and demanding more advertising support, and all parties along the supply chain were less inclined to hold inventory.  We asked how we could support our customers to overcome the increasing pressure.  The answers were:

1. 100% of the anticipated delivery dates should be achieved

2. Flexibility in production

3. Production efficiency improvements to maintain competitive pricing

Since its implementation, Project Streamline has achieved some fantastic results.  We have established a continuous improvement culture and measured a 30% efficiency improvement in many production processes.  Utilising tools such as 5S, SMED, VSM to reduce waste in the organisation, our customers have become the winners and allowed them to thrive in a challenging retail environment.  Please contact us if you wish to discuss our lean manufacturing program in more detail, or have further ideas on how we can improve our service to you.