I think we may well see TRC in 2008
Remember this -
We don’t know for sure but the answer is likely to be yes. In the
ICX-TRC procedure we are not transplanting hair follicles we are
implanting cells into the skin which induce new hair growth - there is no reason for the hairs to grow in a different direction from before.
It’s on our website too! It is possible ICX-TRC will be on the market
in 2008. It depends on how the different agencies wish to have it
regulated - which impacts on the type and length of clinical trials. Ifthe UK decides that ICX-TRC does not need to be regulated - fewer trials will be required and it could be on the market sooner.
and this ?
“We are investigating whether there are opportunities to initiate the small scale commercialisation of ICX-TRC in 2008”
The ICX-TRC procedure is significantly less problematic than conventional hair transplants. In terms of the amount of tissue taken from the patient, only a small sample of approximately 120 follicles is needed. As a consequence, trauma suffered by the patient during the procedure may be dramatically reduced. Furthermore, as dermal papilla (DP)cells can be derived from a very small area of hair-bearing scalp, a much higher population of patients will be able to benefit from ICX-TRC than conventional transplantation. Superficial injection of cultured cells into the scalp causes far less tissue damage than implanting multiple hair follicles and is a considerably simpler, shorter and less painful process.
Intercytex will manufacture ICX-TRC for Europe and the US from its own manufacturing facilities. In October 2006, Intercytex was awarded a grant from the DTI to develop a robotic system with The Automation Partnership for the commercial scale production of patients’ autologous DP cells. The robotic system has an established track record in processing many different cell samples simultaneously, so that at this scale, in which large numbers of different patients’ cells are handled, all samples remain isolated throughout the multiplication process.
Never say never in life