Boots UK Ltd

photograph of KTP partnership with Boots UK Ltd


Boots is the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. Alongside retail, Boots researches and develops products across the healthcare and cosmetic industry. Boots worked with Newcastle University's Institute of Cellular Medicine on this KTP.

The Business Need

When developing a new product, it is essential to have a fast and reliable screening process for evaluating active ingredients. This KTP aimed to improve the screening process for new suncare products.

Company Benefits

“The KTP has allowed us to develop a more ambitious strategy for active screening. We feel confident in achieving increased speed to market, faster screening of prototypes and increased generation of IP.”

- Clare O’Connor, Innovation R&D Manager, Boots UK Ltd.

  • New capability to develop cutting-edge products
  • Access to new strategic global markets
  • Substantial profit increase estimated as a result of the KTP
  • Scientific publications raise research credentials on a global scale
  • Ongoing collaboration with the University

Academic Benefits

  • Papers published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal
  • Potential impact case study for REF2020
  • Research woven into the training of Dermatology Group research students

Associate Benefits

  • Experience of PhD supervision
  • Employment in industry