The GENCIX venture started after the discovery, by a dental surgeon from Nantes, of the effect of papaya leaf on the oral health of one his patient.
He recalls: " In 1983, on a humanitarian mission in Côte d’Ivoire, I observed with astonishment the use of boiled papaya leaves. It should be noted that in West Africa, the papaya tree is called the medicine cabinet tree. I was amazed by the powerful healing effect it had had on a skin wound that wasn’t healing.
In 1999, I suggested to a Ghanaian patient (who went back in her country for holidays) to make mouthwashes by boiling papaya leaves. When she came back, her oral health was unrivalled: no more tooth mobility, no visible inflammation. I was astounded!
I had been practicing for more than 16 years and was confronted, like my colleagues, to this problem of gingival inflammations. But such an improvement of the symptoms was unlike anything I had ever observed.
I was so surprised I absolutely wanted to understand what had happened. I have been passionate about this research and am still captivated. This is what led me to this adventure, along with an atypical, enthusiastic and motivated team made of friends and professionals."
After years of research and development: Gencix was born in 2010. Simultaneously, patents were filed in France, 17 European countries, the United States and Canada.
A few years later, a first publication in an international scientific journal, at the end of 2018, confirms the relevance of the natural alternative Gencix represents. A well-deserved recognition for the team and a hope to increase its beneficiaries.
* International Journal of Environnemental Research and Public Health - Article Effect of a Toothpast/Mouthwash Conatining Carica Papaya Leaf extract on Interdental Gingival Bleeding: A Randomized Controlled Trial