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GlaxoSmithKline to acquire oral care company Biotene

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK GlaxoSmithKline is buying rights to the dry-mouth drug Biotene from California drug maker Laclede, GSK has announced.

“The acquisition of Biotene extends our portfolio in therapeutic oral health care to include a proven treatment for dry mouth,” GSK Consumer Healthcare president John Clarke said in a statement. “This opportunity leverages our global capability with dental and medical professionals and is a further step towards our goal in GSK of building and growing a diversified healthcare business.” 

Biotene generated $50 million in sales for Laclede last year, according to GSK. 

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M.A.C. backs THISDAY’s all-star event to raise awareness on sustainability

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON M.A.C Cosmetics supported the recent THISDAY’s Africa Rising all-star event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Singers, songwriters and international superstars Christina Aguilera and Seal headlined a star-studded line up from the world of music and fashion when THISDAY, a daily newspaper and multi-media resource out of Africa, presented the Africa Rising grand finale in London. The event was held Oct. 14.

The occasion marked the final stop on the Africa Rising four-city, three-nation tour and featured catwalk shows from African and international designers, modeled by supermodels Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Tyson Beckford, Oluchi and Liya Kebede.

The M.A.C PRO Team, keyed by Terry Barber, director of make-up artistry UK and Ireland, was on hand to create the looks for more than 70 models, including Campell and Wek, for catwalk shows during the evening.

Africa Rising is designed to raise awareness for African issues by finding “sustainable solutions.”

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Ulta celebrates grand opening on State Street in Chicago

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO Ulta recently celebrated the grand opening of its first urban location on State Street in Chicago.

To celebrate the grand opening, held Oct. 15, Ulta on State Street provided free cosmetic consultations and the first 100 customers to visit the store received a gift certificate with a value ranging between $5 and $100.

“Providing great value and 21,000 beauty products all under one roof is our business, but our passion is to provide an approachable experience that ensures women feel confident and beautiful,” Lyn Kirby, chief executive officer and president said. “Ulta on State Street affords women a place to experiment and interact with an unparalleled selection of brands and escape from her busy day-to-day schedule.”

The one-stop beauty destination includes 18,000 square feet of selling and salon space on four floors. The Salon at Ulta, a full-service salon, encompasses an entire floor and can be accessed by a spiral staircase or private elevator.

The Salon’s Spa Lounge is staffed by European skin care specialists who can offer complimentary consultations and customized skin care treatments to target skin care concerns. In addition, the Salon at Ulta offers a mini boutique of Carol’s Daughter hair and skin care products and treatments, as well as the lines Colette Maloof, France Luxe and Lavendar Girl.

Ulta currently operates 283 retail stores across 35 states.

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