In July 2022 iFarm completed the construction of a small laboratory on behalf of microfluidic cosmetics startup Capsum. Located within the company's existing R&D center at the Marseille plant, the mini-lab allows Capsum to grow its own high-quality ingredients for new cosmetic formulas.
Using iFarm technologies, Capsum grows a range of crops, including microgreens and flowers, and creates and tests their own plant varieties based on iFarm plant growth recipes. iFarm Growtune software is used to manage the scientific mini-farm, giving Capsum the requisite tools and data to optimise plant growth and maximise yields.
The mini-laboratory consists of four rooms: an engineering room where the automation control system is located and three additional growing rooms with experimental racks. This set-up allows Capsum to conduct experiments, test new plant varieties and streamline its supply chain with pesticide-free cosmetics ingredients being grown on site.
”Capsum uses only natural ingredients to create its beauty products. The company plans to build its own industrial vertical farm in order to produce environmentally friendly raw materials all year round.”
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