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U of Alabama-Birmingham start-up develops high-tech anti-aging solutions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 11th, 2019

A start-up from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is developing high-tech products to prevent hair loss and skin aging.

Yuva Biosciences is based on breakthrough research in which mitochondria is shown to play a key role in preserving skin and hair against the aging process. The start-up plans to develop cosmeceuticals, or science-based cosmetics with medical properties, such as topical products to help prevent skin wrinkling and hair loss.

“Yuva Biosciences plans to mitigate many of the undesirable effects of aging, which is why we like to say our goal is to provide youthfulness for life,” says Kshav Singh, professor of genetics at UAB and chief scientific officer of Yuva. “Initial products will be aimed at helping people look and feel younger, with a long-term plan to address aging-related diseases and disorders.”

Greg Schmergel, serial entrepreneur and chairman of Yuva, says that the company is positioned to be a leader in the anti-aging industry, currently an $11 billion market.

“It’s exciting to see another start-up born out of UAB technology choosing to stay and grow in Birmingham,” says Kathy Nugent, executive director of UAB’s Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “Competing companies are predominantly located in medtech clusters including Silicon Valley and Boston, but our local ecosystem is also poised for cultivating innovative start-ups like Yuva.”

Source: UAB News

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