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Update: Here is the write-up that Follicum CEO Dr. Jan Alenfall provided to Follicle Thought. Follicum – Click to Download

Been to Sweden lately? I haven’t either. But, I might be more interested in booking a flight after Follicum’s clinical trial gets underway in early 2016. Follicum is a new biotechnology venture based in Sweden that has several molecules in development for modulating hair growth. Yes, Follicum claims to have technology that can both grow hair and inhibit unwanted hair growth. Follicum’s flagship molecule FOL-005 is getting ready to enter it’s official clinical trial at the beginning of next year. Read More

Histogen Fundraises $9.49 Million

 

Well done, Gail

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Histogen is doing a bit more moving and shaking. It appears that Histogen opened a Series D round of financing in May 2015 and raised $18 million for it’s Hair Stimulating Complex. They have a new financing parter in WealthForge. When you’re good, you’re good. Full article here. Read More

Christophe Guillemat Stem Cell Transplant

Christophe Guillemat (Source: LinkedIn)

Christophe Guillemat of CFS Barcelona Hair Transplant Clinic has been developing a technique to transplant stem cells from donor hair to the recipient area to grow hair follicles. I have heard Guillemat say that he uses the complete donor when doing this procedure. The technique itself sounds very similar to the one used by Dr. Gho. As of now, I do not know if there are any differences between the two approaches. I did want to know more about this procedure, so I asked Guillemat a few questions. I could not understand every detail of his response, as his native language is Spanish and his English is not polished, however it’s generally clear what he was trying to say. Read More

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Dr. Cole seeks out best PRP protocol in new study

Dr. Cole in his element (Image: Google)

Hair transplant surgeon Dr. John Cole of Cole Hair Transplant Group is seeking participants for several study groups in his quest to pinpoint the best protocol for PRP injectable treatments. Dr. Cole has long been a proponent of PRP + Acell injections as a stand alone hair growth treatment as well as in conjunction with hair transplants. Dr. Cole knows his stuff, more so than the average hair transplant doctor. It is evident in the way he speaks on the hair forums. The man is interested in hair follicle biology and seems to be very determined to advance hair regenerative capabilities in his practice. For that I give him kudos. Read More

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals acquired by Allergan

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Hey, if they get some promising hair growth treatments to market sooner, I’ll give them a hand clap too. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

Hot off the press. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, the company who recently acquired the rights to use PDG2r antagonists for hair growth, has been acquired by the pharmaceutical powerhouse Allergan for $2.1 Billion. The deal is mainly being publicized as an acquisition of Kythera’s double chin treatment Kybella. However, any internet hair enthusiast knows that Allergan already has Bimatoprost in it’s pipeline as a topical hair growth treatment. By acquiring Kythera and their PDG2r antagonist Setipiprant, Allergan now has a one-two punch for treating hair loss. Setipiprant is an oral medication (pill) that works systemically to prevent hair miniaturization and loss and Bimatoprost is topical liquid to stimulate growth. Read More

AlviArmani Recruiting for Cutting Edge Hair Growth Treatment

This image was posted to AlviArmani’s Twitter account about three weeks ago.

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The most notable information on the poster:
1. “Be a participant in cutting edge research for hair growth”
2. “No cost to you”
3. “Alviarmani Beverly Hills” Read More

IBN 3D Hair Follicle Model

This press release might have flown under the radar back in July 2013 when it was released. It’s flown under the radar since then, too. However, there’s more than what meets the eye when it comes to this research.

The IBN

First off, who are these guys? The Institute of Biotechnology and Engineering is based in Singapore and is headed by Executive Director Jackie Yi-Ru Ying. She was a former professor of chemical engineering at MIT. Impressive. According to it’s website, The IBN has research focused in nanomedicine, synthetic biosystems, biodevices and diagnostics, and green chemistry and energy. Here’s a cool PDF of their Cell and Tissue Engineering Portfolio. Read More

Follicept


Follicept has had a big buzz on the internet lately, mostly due to the fact that it will soon begin trials on human subjects. Follicept was mentioned in a previous post about Hair Regeneration Tech 2015. As a quick recap, Follicept is a topical gel solution that is based on a proprietary delivery method for the growth factor IGF-1. It has shown some cool results in mice which is depicted on the company’s home page. Basically, the mice given IGF-1 showed thicker hair than the mice treated with minoxidil, but only after 39 days of stopping the treatment. So, it appears that the effects of IGF-1 were continual on the hair growth even without continual application of the topical gel.
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FUE or FUT Hair Transplants: Know the Difference

This article is a simple cautionary message for those considering a hair transplant. Today, hair transplants done by doctors of a high degree of skill and integrity are still the best option for restoring significant amounts of hair. One of the most important points for you to be aware of when making a hair transplant decision is knowing the difference between FUE and FUT. There is loads of information and in-depth discussion about this subject online, and can be found using a simple search. I will just be going over the very basics to help you get a general idea of the two procedures.

FUE Procedure – This is a newer version of hair transplant procedures that involves extracting out individual hair grafts, one-by-one. The technique is done by a skilled surgeon using circular micro scalpels. The grafts are then further prepared to be made ready for insertion into the recipient scalp area. The process takes longer than a FUT and usually a FUE session will be smaller in number of grafts extracted compared to a FUT procedure. Very small “dot” scars are created through this procedure in the donor area, yet from a skilled surgeon they will be almost unnoticeable to the naked eye even when hair is cut very short.

FUT Procedure: This is a technique that is older than FUE. It involves cutting out a strip of the scalp from the donor site. That strip of scalp is then separated into individual hair follicle grafts to be prepared for insertion into the recipient area. It is said that there is a slightly better graft survival rate for the FUT procedure compared to FUE. This procedure leaves a linear scar on the back of the scalp. Hair will generally have to be styled longer in the donor area after an FUT compared to FUE to cover the scar from the procedure. This procedure is more painful post-operation than an FUE and has a longer recovery period for the donor site.

Many reputable surgeons will offer both procedures. Some of the best FUE results come from doctors with individual offices. FUE is usually more expensive per graft due to the time and preciseness it requires. I favor the idea of an FUE procedure for hair transplants. The recovery period is shorter, there is less pain involved, less physical trauma to the scalp, and with a great surgeon, FUE results will be comparable to FUT.

My overall message is that it is very important for all those considering a hair transplant to know the background information first; know the difference between FUE and FUT, and do sufficient background research on the surgeon you are considering.