I’ve been visiting this site quite a lot over the years but until now I have never felt so compelled to post. I expect to be dismissed as an associate of Dr. Whitfield as what I am going to say is largely favourable about the guy but I hope at least to provide people on this forum with some food for thought before they dismiss him out of hand. I have never met Dr. Whitfield or any of his colleagues nor do I have any interest, financial or otherwise, in his enterprise. Believe what you want to believe, it makes little difference to the TRX-2 project as it has substantial institutional backers already. I have completed research on the internet to substantiate his claims and this is what I intend to outline here and you can corroborate the same research for yourselves.
I will begin by saying I do remain a sceptic of Dr. Whitfield’s claims. No one should, or even can, embrace an idea that they know absolutely nothing about! However, I find the secrecy encouraging because it reduces hyperbole and indicates that Dr. Whitfield actually has something worth keeping secret. When companies quickly post quack science on their webpages or go into details of the procedures they are researching, I generally switch off, because I make the assumption that the ideas they have are not groundbreaking enough to protect.
I would now like you to consider the following:
Whitfield holds a DPhil in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. He continues to be associated with the University and is a member of their Glycobiology Institute. You can check that out on the University of Oxford’s website. Whilst you’re on their website, you can check out other references to him which legitimise a lot of what he is saying.
His sometimes unprofessional language used when responding to the general public can easily be explained by lack of experience and the fact that he does not speak English as a first language (he was brought up in Germany). I believe he may have naively claimed a cure within a year due to lack of experience in getting treatments and cures approved, although he will be more concerned with British approval rather than the snail speed FDA.
His success as an entrepreneur is documented on the Oxford University website.
Posters on this forum may want to ask whether a promising entrepreneur and member of the prestigious Glycobiology Department at the University of Oxford would really be that interested in running a snake oil company, considering the huge damage to reputation that this would entail.
OXFORD BIOLABS LTD
This is a private company sponsored by NESTA, who have very strict investment criteria, and the NCGE Flying Start programme. I have confirmed with NESTA, a body in the UK who invest in technology companies, that they sponsor Thomas Whitfield. You can ask them too if you don’t want to trust me. I confirmed the NCGE link on the University of Oxford’s website.
The company is also supported by the Kauffman Foundation, the university itself and Oxford Entrepreneurs, again all confirmed. These are not the sort of bodies who would be knocking on the doors of Provillus & Co.
The company was formed as a private limited liability company in 2009 (I checked this with the UK registrar) and it’s accounting reference date is 30 September. As a private company, it must publish its accounts within 9 months of the reference date. So don’t expect to see those until the end of June 2011. As a private company, it also doesn’t have to publish the same level of detail as a public one so don’t expect them to say much on their website because they don’t have to.
FISHING FOR IDEAS AND SELLING OLD TREATMENTS
I don’t know why he is doing this. Maybe he’s seeking for the missing piece in the jigsaw, maybe he thought by bringing all the research together the answer was already there. It’s always worth being sceptical of his claims after all.
I imagine he sells the old treatments to fund his company’s research.
Still, even if he won’t have the cure in the next year, I do think he has the sort of brain that the hair restoration industry needs. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions, but I urge you all to follow up my research which has all been positive.