RepliCel announces development of technology that clones patient hair cells
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RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (REPCF) has developed RepliCel(TM), a natural hair cell replication technology that the company believes has the potential to become the first minimally invasive solution for androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness) and general hair loss in men and women. RepliCel(TM) is based on autologous cell implantation technology that replicates a patient’s hair cells from his or her own healthy hair follicles. The company’s technology is designed to initiate natural hair regeneration when the hair cells are reintroduced into areas of hair loss. Patents have been issued by the European Union and Australia and are pending in other major international jurisdictions.
In December 2010, RepliCel completed the acquisition of two subsidiaries, TrichoScience Innovations Inc. and 583885 B.C. Ltd., pursuant to share exchange agreements. As a result of these acquisitions, the company’s business became the development of hair cell replication technology.
The company’s cellular replication and implantation technology is designed to grow new hair follicles in patients suffering from androgenetic alopecia as well as other causes of balding or thinning scalp hair. The procedure is also designed to rejuvenate damaged, miniaturized hair follicles in balding scalp skin.
The mechanics of RepliCel’s technology involve the extraction of as few as 10 to 20 hair follicles from a patient. The cells are then replicated in a laboratory through the company’s cellular replication process and injected back into the patient’s scalp in balding areas. It is anticipated that the implanted cells will induce the formation and growth of new hair follicles and will also help rejuvenate damaged hair follicles. RepliCel’s anticipated long-term result is the restoration of a full head of hair that has been seeded by the patient’s own natural hair cells.
RepliCel(TM) is based on autologous cell implantation technology that replicates a patient’s hair cells from his or her own healthy hair follicles.
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