Our Science


Biotechnology is a science that utilizes biological systems, living organisms or parts of them to develop or create different products. BIOEFFECT was founded by three Icelandic scientists when they discovered, after over a decade of research, a way to bioengineer a plant-based human replica of EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) in barley plants – making it the first and only brand with plant-based growth factors.


In barley we found a plant whose complexity and characteristics are perfectly suited to our biotechnology. It is grown in inert volcanic pumice, using geothermal energy and pure Icelandic water enriched with nutrients. Our ecologically-engineered greenhouse is nestled in the lava fields of Reykjanes Peninsula and can nurture up to 130,000 barely plants at a time.


We pride ourselves on the fact that we do not rely on the self-assessment studies that are so prevalent in the skincare industry. Instead, we have done around 50 scientific in-house studies, most of which are double-blind placebo-controlled efficacy studies lasting from 2 months up to 3 years. The results of these studies clearly show that topical application of growth factors has a powerful effect on skin rejuvenation processes. The efficacy studies are also backed up by independent clinical studies. In an independent double-blind split-face study, BIOEFFECT EGF SERUM demonstrated up to:
30% increase in skin density
60% increase in skin thickness*
*Independent scientific split-face study, that included 29 women using BIOEFFECT EGF SERUM twice daily for 2 months. Results presented at the 12th Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress in Monaco, 2014.