It's an honor to work with Microskin in this effort by providing one of our spectros and iMatch software.
Grand Rapids, MI (Vocus) April 11, 2010
X-Rite Incorporated has teamed up with an Australian company to support a study that will determine the psychological and medical benefits to children who use specialized coverups to camouflage their burn scar tissue or other skin conditions.
X-Rite has provided a specialized spectrophotometer and color matching software to Microskin International Pty Ltd., based in Wavell Heights, Queensland. For the purpose of the study, Microskin intends to interface the X-Rite iMatch software with its own proprietary software that accurately measures the normal color of a person's skin in the preparation of formulations that reproduce that color.
Dr. Roy Kimble, a surgeon and professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, is leading a study that may involve up to 210 children who are being treated at hospitals in Australia and New Zealand to determine the psychological and psychosocial functioning of pediatric burns patients using Microskin.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to harness X-Rite's leading technology in color measurement to help children deal with the social stigma associated with burn scars and skin conditions," said Roland Nikles, EMEA Sales Director Export for X-Rite GmbH serving Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. "It's an honor to work with Microskin in this effort by providing one of our spectros and iMatch software."
Microskin founder Linda Lowndes said the X-Rite software interfaced with the Microskin software will help provide exact quantifiable data to reproduce formulations that visually correct the skin colors of children with burn scar tissue to give them confidence to live life without the social stigma of appearing different. Upon completion of the study, Kimble and his team hope to publish the findings in a peer-reviewed medical journal, she said.
Microskin has spent years developing its coverups that are durable, flexible and waterproof, yet will allow a person's skin to breath and exude sweat. Microskin formulations can be applied by stipple technique that uses a special type of sponge or with an air brush. Founded in 2005, Microskin recently began offering its system in the United States through a franchise with the Laser Skin and Surgery Center in New York City.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based X-Rite, Incorporated, the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of color measurement systems.
(NASDAQ: XRIT) X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes design industry color leader Pantone, Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite's expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com.