Plant cell cultivation


Plant cell cultivation is a process that enables us to multiply the number of cells from a plant using a single element (a leaf or petal, for example). Pierre Fabre has registered several patents in this breakthrough research area.


  • An initial research team is working to identify new molecules and their possible activities. Its aim is to supply new active substances using plant cells for use in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical fields.

  • A second team, located at our active substance production site in Gaillac (Tarn), develops the industrial process and ensures the production of these plant cells, within a dedicated workshop, following pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

Plant cells are initially culture-cell-vegetale2.jpgcultivated in incubators. They multiply to form calls that will enable them to produce seeds in sterile bio-reactors in which the final plant cell production is achieved in a controlled environment. A large number of plant cells are obtained in a few days, and are perfectly identical. A biomass, dried or purified, is then formed and makes it possible to obtain high-purity active substances.

This technology makes it possible to:

  • leverage natural biodiversity without affecting it: non-destructive, without transport, without over-exploitation of the earth (no fertilizers or pesticides used)
  • produce active substances on demand in a human-controlled environment, independently of the original plant’s ecosystem, while respecting green chemistry principles (e.g. limited solvent use)
  • use plant species that are difficult to cultivate on a large scale, that grow slowly or that have not been domesticated, or indeed are protected or threatened with extinction, without endangering them.