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About CLaSSiC

CLaSSiC is a 48-month project, supported by the European Commission under the ITN Marie Curie People Theme and is a European Industrial Doctoral (EID) Training programme involving two partners - the Centre for Skin Sciences, University of Bradford UK, Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. - and three PhD students trained to develop professional research skills applicable across the academic and industrial sector.

The vision of our research team within CLaSSiC project is to leverage insights on the molecular, cellular, and biophysical impact of light on skin stem cells towards development of novel devices for regenerative therapy

CLaSSiC will cement long-term collaborations between sectors to enhance European research on skin and hair physiology and its applications in the areas of Regenerative Medicine, Healthcare and Personal Care


In a world with an aging demographic and increasing life expectancy, there is a growing need for effective therapeutic solutions to address age-related and age-independent skin and hair disorders, as they bring negative psychological impacts to individuals, affecting millions of people around the world and presenting significant personal and cost burdens to society.

CLaSSiC will unlock the potential for development of light-based devices for management of skin and hair follicle disorders, including failure of wound healing, hair loss or unwanted hair growth.

To achieve this, the CLaSSiC project combines the science of cell biology, photobiology, biomedical optics, ex-vivo and in-vitro studies. 


CLaSSiC, as a Marie Curie project, gives special attention to the training of the fellows in order to effectively impact on EU competitiveness in science.

The objectives are:

  • To train and deliver a cohort of young researchers experienced in transcending traditional research boundaries to deliver deeper insight into stem cell biology, skin and hair physiology, combined with biophysics.
  • To discover and leverage understanding of the molecular, cellular and biophysical impact of light on skin stem cells.
  • To develop light-based devices for management of skin and hair follicle disorders, based on a combination of new insights on light-interaction with skin stem cells and Philips' leadership in light-based technologies.
  • To significantly impact EU competitiveness by bringing leading science and technology experts together to work on basic and translational problems from both an academic and industrial viewpoint.

Project Partners

Highly specialised and costly state-of-the art scientific solutions can only be found when complementary partners work synergistically. This requires uniting centres of European expertise, enhancing the flow of knowledge between academia and industry, together with the timely training of scientists across geographic and disciplinary boundaries.

CLaSSiC is a two-partner network comprising of the Centre for Skin Sciences, of the University of Bradford in the UK and Philips Electronics Nederland B.V., in the Netherlands. 

Centre for Skin Sciences

The Centre for Skin Sciences is a leading centre of fundamental and applied knowledge of skin and hair biology in Europe with strong competences and facilities for cell and molecular science.

“International recognition for quality scientific outputs & commercial applications

Supervisory Team


Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.

“Meaningful innovations that help people to be healthy, live well and enjoy life”

Supervisory Team

  • Dr N. Uzunbajakava
  • Dr T Nuijs
  • Dr M van Vlimmeren
  • Dr M Zeitouny

Project Funder

The EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is the European Union's Research and Innovation funding programme for 2007-2013 that financially supports our project.

This is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe and is also designed to respond to Europe's employment needs, competitiveness and quality of life. Aim of this programme, now Horizon 2020, is to improve growth and jobs in Europe: investiments have been made in different thematics areas in order to make Europe an attractive destination for world-class researchers and special incentives were given to small and medium-sized enterprises. 

The CLaSSiC project is under the Innovative Training Networks (ITN) scheme. The aim of the ITN scheme is for the researcher to experience different sectors and develop transferable skills by working on joint research projects.

This training network brought together the Centre for Skin Science and PHILIPS Research to provide training for three PhD students to boost their scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhance the researchers’ career prospects by developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.