CUTITRONICS, the University of Strathclyde spin-out, has doubled the size of its team as it prepares to release its maiden “Fitbit for the skin” product next year.

The company has hired seven members of staff since the beginning of the year, taking its headcount to 14, with further appointments expected to be made during the rest of the year to support its growth plans, it said.

The firm has so far raised two funding rounds from FTSE100 chemicals giant Croda International and unveiled a prototype for its CutiTron technology and accompanying software in April at In-Cosmetics Global, Europe’s premier cosmetics industry trade show, in Paris.

Cutitronics claims its technology is disruptive and “poised to usher in an age of personalised skincare, allowing brands to bring the scientific rigour of clinical studies into customers’ homes by receiving feedback from users and measuring the results on the health of their skin”.

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The firms says that the device and smartphone app can analyse a customer’s skin and then dispense the right amount of beauty products and cosmetics for their particular need. It added that the system can be tailored to suit any brand and this gives skincare and cosmetic companies the chance to create a personal package to suit each customer’s skin.

The company said it is now preparing to launch the maiden version of its device next year and has recruited the engineers, managers and executives across its business.

Dr David Heath, founder and chief executive at Cutitronics, said: “Building our talented team at Cutitronics has been equally as exciting as creating our disruptive technology.

“Together with their new colleagues on the management and operations side of the company, they will help us to further develop our extensive suite of patented CutiTron technologies."

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He added: "Working on our ‘Fitbit for the skin’ will be an exciting project for our new employees as we open the door to personalised skincare for brands and their customers.”

Cutitronics is chaired by Barry Hochfield, who co-founded the company with Mr Heath.

Mr Hochfield opened Apple’s first research and development unit outside the United States, in Paris, and co-founded smartcard company Ecebs in 2000, before floating it on the London stock market in 2005 and selling it to in 2007.