There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that would indicate that hair cells and hair transplant quality decreases with age. Harvesting and banking hair cells at early age may preserve high cell potency for future uses. The steps from hair donation to cell cryopreservation are already developed so banking now puts patients “first in line” for transplantation of their hair cells when the hair cloning process is fully developed.
Our Hair Follicle Banking Service
HairClone will soon offer a hair follicle banking service which will allow clients to store a small number of hair follicles for future expansion. Approximately 50 follicular units will be collected in a short procedure using the FUE system and transported to a licensed cell bank for long term storage at -197 C until some of the cells are needed for expansion. They would then be returned to the clinic for micro-injection into the scalp.
Using this system, only one surgical procedure would be needed and cells would be available to rejuvenate hair as needed.
What is the benefit of banking?
The HairClone concept will not stop the underlying thinning process so will need to be repeated every 2-3 years in order to maintain hair density as the patient’s own hair thins.
The banking activities could start within a year and will create a patient pool and short-term revenue to the company which will help support the clinical and product development and bring it closer to clinical reality. The banking will allow as well development of licensed GMP processes ahead of marketing license for the expanded cell therapy which would be regulated by the European Medicine’s Agency (EMA) as an Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product (ATMP) and By the U.S’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Biologic.
Exciting and rapid progress in developmental biology will provide the scientific basis for this ground breaking new treatment and we expect that this could be in the clinic within the next few years although it will take several years before it is fully licensed around the world.