Camille Martin poses for a photo.

How the natural pigments in marine life inspired a beauty products startup

While earning a PhD in chemistry at Northeastern, Camille Martin worked with Leila Deravi, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, who had been exploring the pigments and proteins of marine life for six years.

Martin recognized an opportunity to develop beauty products drawn from marine ecosystems.

Martin and Deravi co-founded Seaspire Skincare, a promising 2019 startup. The headway Martin was making inspired fellow budding entrepreneurs to contact her for insight and advice. As a result of those relationships, Martin formed Alexandria Growth Brands, a Massachusetts-based business that supports aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to launch technology-based companies.

In support of her efforts, Martin has received an inaugural $5,000 Innovator Award from Northeastern’s Women Who Empower inclusion and entrepreneurship initiative. The awards recognize 19 women who are graduates or current students at Northeastern. The organization is distributing a total of $100,000 in grants to help fund 17 ventures.

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