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  • Interview with Dr. Robert Taylor, President of The LDS Research Group 

    Q. Could you tell me something about the LDS Research Group? 
    A. The LDS Research group was formed to make personal care products that are truly beneficial to the human body.
    Q. And Cleanliness soap is you first product? 
    A. Yes.
    Q. Why soaps? 
    A. Soaps are the most important universally produced product used to clean the body. As scientists, we were very concerned about the dangerous chemicals used in mass marketed soap. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ethanol. Alkali, and Tricosan are the major ingredients in commonly used soaps and they have all been proven harmful to human health.
    Q. Why are these soaps allowed to be sold? 
    A. The FDA does not regulate personal care products nor does any government agency for that matter. Soap manufactures have a free hand to put whatever they want into their product.
    Q. How did you come up with the basic ingredients for Cleanliness?
    A.Our main objective in starting out was to design a soap strictly for cleaning. We decided that we wanted our soap to be all natural and contain no chemicals and have a multitude of benefits to the skin. We researched all food grade vegetables and looked at available studies to see what positive and potential negative influence each ingredient might have on human skin. Perhaps most intriguing to us in our early phase was a recent discovery made by Israeli scientists that use the tobacco plant to make collagen. The idea of using a tobacco extract in soap seemed preposterous to all of us being of the Mormon faith. However, it was quickly pointed out by one of our scientists that there is a passage in our Book that makes a reference to tobacco and skin.
    The passage reads:
    "Tobacco is an herb for bruises to be used with judgement and skill." 
    Words of Wisdom
    Well, Israeli science is proving our religion smiled one of our associates at the time. 
    Q. Could you elaborate more on this discovery. 
    A.To understand the key to healthy skin one must first understand collagen. Collagen exists naturally in your skin and helps give strength and structural support. It protects the skin by preventing absorption and spreading of pathogenic substances, mico-organisms and cancerous cells. With age collagen production slows and cell structures weaken and skin is more vulnerable. When Israeli scientists successfully made collagen from plants we were very curious to see if we could actually stimulate or boost collagen production in skin. Some strains of the tobacco plant contain high levels of proline and glycine, the abundant amino acids in human collagen. In actuality, the extracellular matrix of plants is indeed very similar to animals. So the ground breaking discovery is this. A mix of amino acids and sugars from the tobacco plant can naturally influence the synthesis of human collagen at a genetic level. It not only helps build collagen in human skin but also prevents it from breaking down. 
    Q. That is amazing. Have you proven this? 
    A. We have done our studies as have other companies with different extracts and designs and they are all positive. However, I wish to make very clear that this is no miracle solution to magically cure skin disorder. We are still learning and developing. We put a very small amount of the pure amino acid and sugar extract from the tobacco plant into Cleanliness. Our soap is made up of many natural ingredients that also have been proven beneficial to the skin. I emphasize it is the combination of all these ingredients that make an impact on helping improve and build healthy skin.We have made the best product we possibly could based on our scientific knowledge and in accordance with our faith as Mormons. 
    Q. Would you classify Cleanliness as a beauty soap? 
    A. Certainly not! Our soap is unscented. The concept of beauty to us means clean and strong skin.
    Q. Are you developing any additional products? 
    A. Yes, we are working on shampoos and a whole line of personal care products.
    Q. One last question. Do you think I could get a bar of Cleanliness? 
    A. Of course. Thank you for coming in.

    A surprising plant that heals

    Meeting a major unmet medical need, Israel's CollPlant uses tobacco plants to produce collagen that can be safely used by surgeons for tissue repair.
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    Nicotiana Sylvestris

    By John Bernard 

    In a greenhouse in northern Israel, a company is growing tobacco plants yielding a surprising product that is vastly different from cigarettes. These plants produce genetically-engineered human collagen, a protein vital for tissue repair that is used by surgeons to fill bone voids in cancer patients, fix heart valves and heal severe wounds.

    The genetic engineering technology that allows the tobacco plants to generate the collagen was developed by CollPlant (, based in Rehovot in central Israel.
    This novel use of the tobacco plant answers a major unmet medical need.

    A scientific achievement with commercial potential

    "Collagen is used in about a thousand important medical products, but until now manufacturers have had to derive it from pigs, cows or human corpses," says CollPlant CEO Yehiel Tal, noting that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other international health regulatory agencies have expressed serious safety concerns with respect to the use of both animal and human corpse tissues.

    CollPlant's plant-derived collagen poses no safety risks and can be considered a green technology, eliminating the industrial waste and ecological damage associated with the raising of livestock. In addition, the company is providing tobacco farmers with a healthier and more lucrative use for their crops.

    "The leaves of a single tobacco plant can yield about 100 grams of tobacco (for cigarettes) or about a gram of genetically-engineered human collagen," says Prof. Oded Shoseyov, CollPlant's co-founder and the inventor of the technology. "And from a single gram of collagen it is possible to produce, for example, about three injections of highly-valuable wound healing gel for patients suffering from diabetic ulcers."

    In developing CollPlant's innovative technology, Shoseyov had to overcome a formidable scientific challenge. "Most proteins in the body are the result of a single gene but there are five different genes responsible for the production of collagen."

    Shoseyov's success in transferring all five genes into a transgenic plant that could produce collagen was acknowledged earlier this year when he was awarded the prestigious Hebrew University Kaye Innovation Award for "scientific excellence with commercial potential."

    Good news from the FDA

    CollPlant is well on the way to leveraging the commercial potential of Shoseyov's invention. The company has begun to market collagen as a raw material to Japanese manufacturers and in August received good news from the FDA about its first product.
    "The FDA informed us that they have agreed to classify our Vergenix wound dressing as a medical device, rather than as a drug or biologic product," says Tal. "This is a breakthrough because the medical device regulatory review process is much simpler and quicker than that used for products defined as drugs or biologics."

    Vergenix is just the first of several regenerative tissue products in the CollPlant pipeline that target the multi-billion dollar wound management market. These products include gel formulations for deep-tunneled wounds associated with diabetic ulcers, as well as wound dressings for acute and chronic wounds.

    Other CollPlant products will attempt to meet the growing demand for collagen-based orthopedic products. In the US alone, each year there are about 800,000 ligament and tendon repair procedures, 400,000 shoulder operations and more than 500,000 bone graft procedures, all of which require collagen. 

    CollPlant has received strong support from leading investors since its inception. Investment funds headed by two prominent healthcare industrialists, former Teva Pharmaceuticals CEO Eli Hurvitz and Perrigo founder Mory Arkin, were among the founding investors. Earlier this year the company began to trade publicly on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. 




Cleanliness is primarily made of shea butter, also known as African karite butter which is a solid vegetable fat obtained from the nuts of a West African tree called Vitellaria Paradoxa, It is highly emollient. Traditional uses of shea butter include: treating dry skin, blemishes, skin discoloration, scars and wrinkles. This very thick and moisturizing butter evens skin tones, absorbs quickly, protects skin without clogging pores, revitalizes and softens your skin. It penetrates the skin deeply to restore elasticity while balancing skin condition. Another moisturizing ingredient in Cleanliness is olive oil. Olive oil has been skin's secret weapon for centuries, but very few know this little secret. It is very helpful for healing wounds, protection against cold weather, and is a natural moisturizer. Finally, Cleanliness contains a small amount of amino acid and sugar pure extract from Nicotiana Sylvestris which helps stimulate the growth of collagen to strengthen the structure of the skin. With Cleanliness you are sure to see and feel an improvement in your skin!

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