PARIS — Laboratoires Pierre Fabre said it is launching Nature Open Library, a plant-sharing program enabling the pharmaceutical and cosmetics concern to boost its research and development capabilities.

Partners are to be granted “an access to our scientific, technical and human capital relating to the knowledge of plants. The goals [is] to do better together what we would have achieved separately,” said François Sautel, project manager for Nature Open Library. “From the very start of our project, we were guided by the notion that it is more and more difficult for a company dealing with life sciences, no matter its size, to develop alone research and development activities.”

Castres, France-based Pierre Fabre is to provide access to its private plant collection, which comprises more than 15,000 classified samples, including rare species.

Among the company’s dermo-cosmetics holdings are Klorane, René Furterer, Galénic, Avène and A-Derma.

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Laboratoires Pierre Fabre is France’s third-largest pharmaceutical company and the world’s number-two dermo-cosmetics laboratory. The company’s revenues last year were 2.1 billion euros, or $2.79 billion at average exchange rates.

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