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Project TitleHair Regeneration With Functional Skin Organoids
Track Code2017-144
Short DescriptionNone
Tagsskin, hair regeneration, organoid culture
Posted DateOct 8, 2017 9:11 PM

Market Opportunity

Hair loss is a growing problem associated with aging and increasing environmental stress. Despite projections that the hair restoration market will grow to $3.8 billion by 2021, demand for hair restoration surgery has declined due to greater availability of cheaper topical and oral alternatives. Industry research is now focused on finding methods to enhance hair follicle regeneration to specifically target existing follicles, which will reduce the likelihood of systemic side effects and produce better results. 

USC Solution

USC researchers have discovered a method to encourage adult skin cells to develop into functional hair follicles. Through a defined treatment protocol using growth factors and inhibitors, the cells  self organize into organoids, which have been characterized to be comparable to fully functioning skin. These organoids have been shown to generate hair growth when transplanted onto nude mice. 

Value Proposition

  • Novel method for growing hair forming organoids from adult skin cells
  • Transplanted organoids can produce functional hair follicles


  • Method to culture adult skin organoids capable of forming hair 

Stage of Development

  • Tested in vitro organoid culture and mouse skin transplantation models
  • Available for exclusive or non-exclusive license 

Intellectual Property

Contact Information

Bonnie Wolfe, Licensing Associate

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

(213) 821-0938



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