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UCLA start-up advances novel compounds to treat hair loss


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 5th, 2019

A start-up from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has found a new way to facilitate hair growth by activating stem cells.

Founded by three UCLA researchers, Pelage Pharmaceuticals is advancing a series of compounds that, in testing on mice, have enabled hair follicle stem cells to enhance lactate production, leading to hair growth.

The start-up aims to harness the technology to develop new drugs for people with baldness or hair loss related to hormonal imbalance, stress, aging or chemotherapy treatment.

“We are thrilled to see this technology advancing, and we hope to bring to market a solution for people with hair loss,” says Pelage co-founder William Lowry. “Losing hair is more than just a result of aging and genetics. People of all age and genders, and those with an array of conditions, may experience hair loss. Currently, there are a limited number of options for these people. We believe that our technology could help address this problem.”

Source: UCLA Newsroom

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