Category Archives: Platelet-Rich Plasma

Brief Items of Interest, February 2017

Hair loss news first:

Update: Due to several people asking, I contacted Follica about their parent company Puretech’s latest presentation, and they sent me the following disappointing news:

“Hi! There wasn’t any news about Follica presented. The moderator was focused mostly on CNS.”

— In Aclaris Therapeutics’ latest webcast presentation from today (given at the Leerink Partners 6th Annual Global Healthcare Conference), the company’s CEO further elaborated on why they are so optimistic about “highly selective covalently bound JAK 3 inhibitors” helping patients with male pattern hair loss. More importantly, the CEO emphasized treating female hair loss and how that is even more distressing than male hair loss. You can listen to the whole presentation after registration, and also see the 42 slides in there. Main sections are a little after 16:30 minutes into the presentation and later on around 21:30 into the presentation. For once, someone asked a specific question about covalently bound JAK 3 inhibitors and male pattern hair loss. The most interesting quotes from the CEO:

“Most importantly, androgenic alopecia. Even though that’s traditionally not thought of as an inflammatory process, what they were able to find is that the JAK inhibitors were targeting the stem cell compartment in the hair follicle bulge and actually prolonging and inducing anagen”.

“Being covalently bound…its got a much better shot of not being as promiscous as the other JAK inhibitors“.

— Renowned Singapore based venture capitalist Finian Tan is a major investor in Samumed. I did not realize that he made the decision to invest in the company so suddenly. In his own words: “Only twice in my life I have bet so big on day one”. Poker champion, Samumed CEO Dr. Osman Kibar clearly has some hypnotic powers at his disposal.

— More developments in finding the genes behind baldness. On this blog I have covered several other recent such developments, including this interesting one from last year.

— On Hairsite, there is a great question and answer session with Dr. Paul Kemp of HairClone. Dr. Kemp also did the same on here a few months ago.

— After Hairsite’s revamp of its forum into a mobile friendly one late last year, the Hair Transplant Network is planning to do the same to its interesting forum.

— Several times during the past year, I have posted news about various doctors offering an adipose (fat) cell plus platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combo treatment for hair loss. It seems like this treatment was part of a US based clinical trial, but I never did too much research into it. A new article on this pointed me towards the main page for the actual website of the trials. They call it STRAAND , which stands for “Stromal Tissue Cell-enriched treatment of Androgenic Alopecia via Novel Deployment”. So far, six doctors are participating. However, unlike in other trials, it seems like patients are responsible for their own expenses.

— A small sample size new study from Italy on non-activated versus activated PRP and the impact of different PRP collection devices on the final result. Dr. Cole from the US is a co-author.

— Replicel CEO Lee Buckler writes his first article for the Huffington Post: “Will 2017 be the year of Cell Therapies?“.

And now on to medical items of interest:

US patent office hands win in CRISPR battle to Broad Institute and Dr. Feng Zhang.

Human gene editing receives US science panels support. If you have trouble accessing the site, another take here. One day later, a warning from ethicists.

DARPA: We are on the cusp of merging human and machine.

— From the respected “The Economist” magazine: “Printed human body parts could soon be available for transplant“.

— The long quest to create artificial blood may soon be over.

Trump vows to ease rules and regulations for drug makers.

— The tiny robots revolutionizing eye surgery.

Computer lets fully paralyzed patients speak for the first time.

— A lengthy article on Dr. Anthony Atala, with many photos

— First human-pig chimeras created.

— New study that provides further evidence of caloric restriction and longevity.

PRP Free Treatment Session(s) Winner Selection

Please post thoughts unrelated to this subject matter in the comments section of the prior blog post.

After the second and final random number generation, the winner and runner-up are as follows:

Winner = “Robb”

Runner-up = “Emperor Alopecia”

Ironically, the person who is located furthest away from Dr. Rapaport’s New Jersey office won! In the event that Robb does not make it or if Dr. Rapaport has issues with scheduling and decides against accepting someone from outside the US (unlikely), Emperor Alopecia will take Robb’s place.

I hate rejecting people who are in the final five, but unfortunately I have to do the prize drawings in this manner for now.  I need to get a few names in the second round drawing in the event that one or more are suspicious entries, change their mind, do not e-mail me back, or if we need a backup winner in cases such as this unusual multiple session PRP treatment prize drawing.

Robb, I will send your contact information to Dr. Rapaport’s office. If you do not hear from them by early next week, please let me know.


I was surprised to get around 60 participants in the free PRP treatment prize drawing contest despite my discouraging people who reside far away from New Jersey from participating.

Instead of explaining the prize drawing winner selection procedure yet again, I prefer contest participants reading the winner selection post from the last time I ran such a contest. If you are lazy to do that or do not care about the details, I have pasted the main instructions paragraph from the above at the end of this post.

The 5 people that the random generation resulted in this time are as follows in alphabetical order (another random draw will be used to select the final winner from the below 5 once they respond):

Emperor Alopecia (from NJ)

Kana (from Canada — please confirm that you can make it for at least two sessions, months apart from each other)

Michele99 (from NY)

— Robb (from the UK — please confirm that you can make it for at least two sessions, months apart from each other)

Tom (from PA)

All 5 of you please post at least one comment in this thread using the same email you used last time and the same IP address/ computer/location that you used last time to post your comment. Also email me your full name and physical address from the same email address that you used for commenting. I will wait for two days for responses.