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.
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.
Bonnie Wolfe, Licensing
USC Stevens Center for Innovation