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We collaborate with Professor Derek Richard, Director - Cancer & Ageing Research Laboratories in Queensland - Australia

Inspired by Prof. Richard’s pioneering work into DNA damage and repair, we saw the opportunity for a targeted range of evidence-based, anti-ageing skincare inspired by nature and informed by science to affect true change in the skin. Professor Richard created our EPI-gN™ Serum and his ground-breaking research into ageing continues to inform and guide ELLUS & KRUE now and into the future.

We use only the best, skin-beneficial ingredients in concentrations and combinations that have been proven to improve the health and appearance of your skin while addressing the visible signs of ageing. Our formulations are cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and don’t contain any parabens, glycols, or sodium laureth sulfates (SLSs) – all of which can be irritating to the skin.

In order to help support future research and innovation, we are proud to donate a portion of the sale of every ELLUS & KRUE anti-ageing essential to the Cancer & Ageing Research Foundation (CARF) in Queensland.

Curious about our how our anti-ageing essentials work?

Prof. Derek Richard


Prof. Derek Richard and his research team of 50 scientists, clinicians, and surgeons are focused on understanding the biological processes that cause us to age and develop age-related diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

He has been published in some of the world’s most highly regarded scientific journals including Nature, Genes and Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Cell, Immunity and Cell Discovery. Professor Derek was awarded a prestigious Australian Government Future Fellowship in 2011 and a Fellowship from the Chenhall Research Foundation in 2016. He has also launched two biotechnology companies with the first developing a treatment for cancer and the second developing a therapeutic to reduce the risk of getting cancer.

“When UV hits our skin, it damages our genetic code and as a result, our cells start to age more quickly than they would naturally.”


Professional Qualifications

  • Chairman, Cancer & Ageing Research Foundation (CARF)

  • Director, Cancer and Ageing Research Laboratories

  • Chenhall Research Scientist

  • PhD, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

  • BSc (Hons), University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Professional Memberships

  • The “Scientific Advisory Board”

  • Chairman “Sigma Aldrich Science NEXT collaboration”

  • NHMRC GRP 2013-2015

  • NHMRC Assigners Academy 2016


  • ARC Future Fellowship and a group leader

  • Fellowship - NHMRC

  • Fellowship - Advance Queensland

  • Fellowship - ISLAC

  • Fellowship - Heart Foundation


Prof. Derek Richard has published over 130 manuscripts including work in:

  • Nature

  • Molecular Cell

  • Nature Communications

  • Immunity

  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Genes Development

Some of Prof. Derek Richard's publications:

  • TeeganLawson,SereneEl Kamand, DidierBoucher, Duong, DucCong &RuviniKariawasametal. 2020,‘Thestructural details of the interaction of single-stranded DNA binding protein hSSB2 (NABP1/OBFC2A) with UV - damaged DNA’,   Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, vol. 88, no. 2, pp. 319–326,doi:10.1002/prot.25806 (Link to article)
  • Lawson, Teegan, El-Kamand, Serene, Kariawasam, Ruvini, Richard, Derek J & Cubeddu, Liza et al . 'A structural perspective on the regulation of the human single-stranded DNA binding protein 1 (hSSB1, OBFC2B) functioning DNA repair, 'Computational and structural biotechnology journal, vol. 17, pp.441-446 (Link to article)
  • Kenneth J. O’Byrne & Derek J. Richard 2017, ‘Nucleolar caspase-2: Protecting us from DNA damage’, Journal of Cell Biol- ogy, vol. 216, no. 6, pp. 1521–1523, doi:10.1083/jcb.201704114 (Link to article)
  • Nicholas W. Ashton, Dorothy Loo, Nicolas Paquet, Kenneth J. O’Byrne & Derek J. Richard 2016, ‘Novel insight into the composition of human single-stranded DNA-binding protein 1 (hSSB1)-containing protein complexes’, BMC Molecular Biology, vol. 17, no. 1, doi:10.1186/s12867-016-0077-5 (Link to article)
  • Croft, Laura V, Bolderson, Emma, Adams, Mark N, El-Kamand, Serene & Kariawasam, Ruvini et al. 2019, ‘Human single-stranded DNA binding protein 1 (hSSB1, OBFC2B), a critical component of the DNA damage response’, Seminars in cell & developmental biol- ogy, vol. 86, pp. 121–128 (Link to article)

    Note: The above research is not related to Ellus & Krue