This is from her interview back in January:
"Zohar says Follica has further developed this work and filed additional patents to protect the technology. What’s so beautiful about the approach, she says, is that translating it into a treatment for humans involves only devices and drugs that are already on the market. A doctor would first use a microdermabrasion tool, say, or a laser to remove the top layers of the skin—as is already commonly done in a number of dermatologic and cosmetic procedures—knocking some cells back into a primitive state. The doctor can then use this newly created therapeutic window to inject drugs that push the cells to develop along one pathway or another and grow hair or skin. Zohar won’t reveal what drugs Follica is using, except to say that they are small molecule drugs normally taken orally for purposes with no relation to hair growth.
Because the components of the system are already approved, the regulatory path is pretty straightforward, and Follica can perform human studies without jumping through a lot of governmental hoops. That’s exactly what the company plans to do with the money it has just raised. "
Breakdown of italics (in order):
I think there she hinted herself that there is a good chance they may not require trials or skip certain trials - why else would she say “What’s so beautiful…already on the market”?
Remote the top layers, so guys planning on going deep - Don’t! their patent also mentions “Stratum Corneum” which is the top most layer of the skin. No need to go any deep and btw seeing blood is deep w.r.t. Follica procedure. Also in their research study, they would be doing gentle abrasion.
Apparently they are Injecting drugs - that’s the first!
Small molecule drug normally taken orally = gefitinib
Another possible hint at the fact they may not need to go through extensive trials