During her doctoral researches at the University of French Guiana and then, her postdoctoral studies at Laval University in Quebec, Mariana Royer, Ph.D. in Chemistry of Natural Substances, has conducted several research projects aiming at valorizing the co-products of wood first transformation, through the extraction of bioactive molecules with various applications. She is the author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and public reports on this topic. She has also presented several conferences in Quebec to demonstrate the potential for economic development related to forest extractives. Considering the underutilization of the forest bark produced in large quantities by the wood industry, the will of the Quebec authorities to develop the green chemistry sector, the lack of expertise in the chemistry of natural substances and the growing demand from user markets, Mariana came up with the idea of contributing, through her entrepreneurial actions, to the development of this industry in Quebec. In 2013, she founded Les Laboratoires Bio ForeXtra, which aims to create the missing link between the forest and the cosmetics market via an innovative circular economy concept.