Emulate, Inc. and INTENZE Products, Inc. announce collaboration to use organ-chips to study tattoo ink safety risks. This collaboration marks the first time a tattoo company and a biotechnology & health company have collaborated for the advancement of safety testing and risk assessment of tattoo ink.

Emulate Inc., the leader in Organs-on-Chips technology and human emulation, and INTENZE Products, the leader in the tattoo industry, announced a first-of-its-kind strategic collaboration designed to advance the tattoo industry, creating safer, better products for customers.

Emulate and INTENZE will exclusively collaborate on innovative approaches for predicting human response to tattooing, expanding the functionality of Organs-on-Chips technology for chemical risk assessment applications. This initiative marks the first time that any group has applied Organ-Chips to systemically investigate the biological response associated with tattoo pigments, formulations, or inks.

Skin Chip Histology
Skin Chip Histology

“We are delighted to partner with Emulate and combine the expertise of our teams to develop new human-relevant techniques to evaluate safety of tattooing inks using Emulate’s platform,” said INTENZE Products Founder and President Mario Barth. “Through this collaboration, we are committed to again setting new standards in the field of tattoo pigments and inks so that customers and artists have the benefit of safer and better performing tattoo products.”

Read our interview with Emulate, Inc. to discover more:

Emulate, Inc. and Intenze Products, Inc. – a tattoo company and a biotechnology company –collaborating for the first time: can you explain why? What is your purpose?
Emulate and INTENZE Products have created a strategic collaboration to advance the tattoo industry by creating safer, better products for customers. This initiative marks the first time that any group has applied Organs-on-Chips technology to systemically investigate and predict human response to tattoo pigments, formulations, or inks.

Can you tell us something about the Organ-on-Chips technology?
Each of Emulate’s proprietary Organ-Chips — such as the lung, liver, brain, intestine or kidney – contains tiny hollow channels lined with tens of thousands of living human cells and tissues, and is approximately the size of an AA battery. An Organ-Chip is a living, micro-engineered environment that recreates the natural physiology and mechanical forces that cells experience within the human body. In essence, an Organ-Chip provides a real-time window into the inner workings of human biology and disease.

What will be the benefits for the tattoo artists who chooses these new products?
By using Organ-Chips to develop new human-relevant techniques to evaluate safety of tattooing inks, it ensures that tattoo artists can offer their customers the benefit of safer and better performing tattoo products.

Intenze Tattoo Ink Sterile Single Use One Caps

And what about the customers?
This collaboration aims to set new standards in the field of tattoo pigments and inks so that customers can be assured that rigorous safety testing and risk assessment has been performed for tattoo ink products. In addition, Emulate and INTENZE are engaging to address and support potential future regulatory requirements and the creation of relevant guidelines, so that consumers are assured of products that meet safety and quality standards.

Why is it so important for you to ensure that current and future products are based on scientific data related to human biology?
INTENZE will apply data from Emulate’s Organ-Chips to further advance its product development towards being science-centric, akin to pharmaceutical or cosmetic product development, ensuring that current and future products will be based on scientific data related to human biology.

What are your future projects?
In evaluating the human-relevant effects of tattoo ink, the collaboration will initially utilize Emulate’s Skin-Chip, which recapitulates much of the complex biology represented in the human skin. In addition, Emulate will apply the company’s other organ models, such as the Liver-Chip and the Kidney-Chip, to assess systemic exposure and possible toxicity risks of tattoo inks and other cosmetics and permanent cosmetic alterations.

Emulate, Inc. is a privately held company that creates living products for understanding how diseases, medicines, chemicals, and foods affect human health. Our Human Emulation System™ sets a new standard for recreating true-to-life human biology and is being used to advance product innovation, design, and safety across a range of applications including drug development, agriculture, cosmetics, food, and chemical-based consumer products. Emulate continues to develop a wide range of Organ-Chips and disease models through collaborations with industry partners and internal R&D programs. Emulate is also working with clinical partners to produce Organ-Chips personalized with an individual patient’s stem cells, for applications in precision medicine and personalized health. Our founding team pioneered the Organs-on-Chips technology at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Emulate holds the worldwide exclusive license from Harvard University to a robust and broad intellectual property portfolio for the Organs-on-Chips technology and related systems.

Tattoo Ink Intenze

INTENZE Products, Inc. is the world’s leading tattoo pigment manufacturer. Founder Mario Barth was the first to introduce a 19 Tattoo Ink Colour Set to the market; the first to introduce an Artist Tattoo Ink set; the first to establish an official worldwide certified supplier network for tattoo ink; and the first to establish an official tattoo artist sponsorship program (with currently over 50 of the world’s greatest artists being sponsored by INTENZE). He is also the creator and manufacturer of the first-ever sterile single use product, the INTENZE One Cap Tattoo Inks, which revolutionizes how tattoo artists conduct their business travels and vastly improves the safety and sterility of tattooing.

One Cap Tattoo Ink Intenze

INTENZE is the first tattoo ink manufacturer to publicly disclose the ingredients in each one of the tattoo inks it produces. This information allows customers and artists to know exactly what INTENZE inks are made with. INTENZE ink is also 100% vegan, containing zero animal products, and absolutely never tests on animals.

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Press Contacts:
Emulate: Kathryn Morris (kathryn@theyatesnetwork.com)
INTENZE Products: Lindsey von Busch (lindsey.vonbusch@gmail.com)