Development of hair regeneration treatment by autografting cultured papilla cells
Hair (hair shaft) is produced from hair follicles, which are transformed skin tissue. Roughly divided, a hair follicle consists of epidermal cells and dermal cells, and epidermal cells change to form a hair follicle at the command of dermal papilla cells. Taking advantage of this function, hair regeneration is possible if dermal papilla cells are transplanted to the skin.
For the purpose of treating hair loss such as male pattern alopecia and alopecia areata, in cooperation with clinical sites, PhoenixBio is researching the practical application of the hair regeneration technique in which patientsﾕ own dermal papilla cells are cultured and propagated in vitro, and then autografted onto their skin.
Stabilization of Management Base
PhoenixBio received a total investment of 570 million yen in 2004 to stabilize its management base. These funds are being used for construction of a facility for chimeric mouse production and research, hair regeneration R&D and staff enhancement.
Sounds like everybody else. I wouldn’t discount the Japanese. When they get on a problem, they work to solve it steadfastly.