Our goal

Our goal is to accelerate the transition from the treatment to the prevention of skin disease

Who we are

We are a multi-disciplinary collaboration between leading skin scientists, the healthcare industry, bioinformaticians, technology and innovation specialists united by the same vision: to accelerate next generation skincare. We were founded in 2019 by the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR)

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What we believe

Professor Michel Gilliet

President of the Skin Science Foundation
Chair of Dermatology, University of Lausanne

«For hundreds of years, medical science has focused primarily on developing solutions to treat skin disease. Today, hundreds of millions of people are affected by over 3,000 skin diseases. Now, technology enables us to understand the factors that contribute to healthy skin. If we can understand why skin becomes unhealthy, then we can work out how to predict disease and intervene early enought to prevent it»

Thibaud Portal

Vice President, Prescription Global Business Unit of Galderma

«The potential of this collaboration is significant. Multiple healthcare companies and skin science laboratories are joining forces for the first time with the same vision. This approach could lead to new discoveries that prevent disease, new diagnostic devices that help detect the early signs of disease and new services that enable patients to participate in their own health.»

Kim Domela Kjoeller

Executive Vice President of Global Research and Development at LEO Pharma

«The future of healthcare is already here. No lab, company or government can do this alone. This is a systemic problem, which requires a systemic solution.»

Volker Koscielny

Vice President Global Medical Affairs, Immunology and Inflammation at Celgene

«Everyone has been building their own big data platforms, but the real power of data is in combining it in one place for the benefit of patients. Imagine the implications for psoriasis or Atopic Dermatitis, which affect millions of people around the World»

Professor Christopher Griffiths, OBE

President-Elect of ESDR
Research Dean, University of Manchester

«Medicine is moving from the current reactive construct to one that is proactive, predictive and preventive. When applied to skincare, this will manifest as a focus on maintaining wellness or skin health. The formation of the SSF, in a powerful academic-industrial collaboration, will facilitate the development of cutting edge skin care that promotes this new philosophy.»

What we do

We understand healthy skin and what makes it transition to disease by focusing on four areas

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Retrospective Data

We curate and analyze existing data on the skin


Prospective Data

We fund clinical trials to generate new data on disease transitions


Big data

We are developing a big data platform to assemble all skin data



We provide bioinformatic support to skin science labs around the World

How to get involved

We are building a global community of people who care about preventing skin disease. Does our vision inspire you? If so, you are one of us. Sign up to receive updates as we grow.

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Launch of the Skin Science Foundation

Today, in Geneva, Switzerland, The European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) and healthcare companies Galderma, LEO Pharma and Celgene announced they had joined forces to found The Skin Science Foundation (SSF). The brainchild of the ESDR, the SSF will accelerate next generation skincare by using cutting-edge science to better understand skin health and its transition to disease.

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