According to this article
I only perused the story but I did not see mention that trials will start in 18 months.
“Stemson Therapeutics recently partnered with the pharmaceutical giant Allergan to develop this scaffold for cloned hair, and Hamilton says they expect to start a clinical trial in humans in about a year and a half.”
I’m actually optimistic about this…which is surprising considering all the past disappointments.
The part that concerns me is this:
“Creating new hair for a person, follicle by follicle, in bespoke 3-D printed scaffolds, stands to be exorbitantly expensive.”
I’m anxious to find out what “exorbitantly expensive” actually equates to in dollars. $15 a follicle? $30? More? Just 1500 2-hair follicles would make a dramatic difference to me, but I wouldn’t pay $45,000 for 1500 follicles. Would I pay $22,500? Probably, but it would sting quite a bit to pay so much for something that doesn’t permanently solve my hairloss problem.
I found it. Thanks. It says “About a year and a half” I think the word “about” means it could be somewhat sooner or somewhat later. In any case, I think the news that Stemson could start human trials in about 18 months could get Tsuji to speed up. Do you?
Maybe but I think the main issue for Tsuji is the Japanese government. I know they have expedited clinical trials but when the rubber hits the road that could mean a lot of things.
I wouldn’t pay $45,000 for 1500 follicles. Would I pay $22,500? Probably
I can’t comment on your case, but a lot of guys have enough donor hair to get a conventional 1500-follicle hair transplant for much less than §22,500, so I don’t think they would be able to sell their product if it’s that expensive. (It’s no use to them to put it on the market at a price that no one can afford.)
You’re right. In my case, though, I’m a few HTs down the road already and I started before the techniques were as good as they are now. I don’t have the 1500 follicles available to move and I will need them “created out of thin air.” I’m sure there are lots of men in my shoes.
And consider this: Dr. Cole charges (last time I checked) $12 per follicular unit to transplant body hair and the same for his unshaven procedure, and men pay it.
Since the average new mid-sized car is probably more expensive that $22,500, guys would spend that much money for hair - and they might go back every 5 or 6 years just like they do with their cars.
I hope the procedure isn’t nearly this expensive, but we’ll see.