2019 has come and gone; it was an exciting year filled with possibilities. HairClone announced the world's first hair bank. Thousands of men were freezing their precious hair follicles for a future cure. Earlier this week, HairClone made an exciting announcement via their social media, they had been given a grant from the government in the UK via the Innovate UK Organization. In this article, we will discuss the possibility of HairClone finding the ever so coveted hair loss cure.
How Does HairClone Intend to Cure Hair Loss?
The name gives away HairClone's objective. Their goal is to clone dermal papilla cells found in DHT resistant hair follicles. Hair is a living organ that naturally regenerates; it goes through a growing phase, transitional phase, and a dormant phase where the hair follicles shed. Hair follicles go through a natural process of regeneration.
HairClone's goal is to replace vulnerable dermal papilla cells and replace them with resistant cells. Moreover, they expect this process to rebuild thinning hair follicles into healthy, thick, and robust hair follicles.
HairClone Failed To Meet Their CrowdFunding Goals
In early 2019, HairClone had launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund their research, but they did not meet their goal. Luckily, they were given a grant from an organization called InnovateUK- this organization is funded by the government, and the funds help research that may lead to economic growth in the UK.
HairClone applied for the grant in June of last year, these grants are very competitive, so their success in receiving one brings some hope. HairClone will partner with Newcastle University to develop personalized regenerative cell therapy for male pattern baldness.
What Does The Partnership Entail?
HairClone will carry out specific studies that will select male and female dermal papilla cells. Their goal is to isolate dermal papilla cells culturally through an automated commercial manufacturing system. Together they hope to develop a system that delivers healthy dermal papilla cells and rejuvenates miniaturizing, dying hair follicles.
This announcement is exciting news, and what is even more impressive is the fact that the UK government awarded this grant for hair loss research. We are entering through uncharted territory, and maybe over time, this treatment will prove to be a viable option for hair loss sufferers all around the world.
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