Based on two of my more recent posts, I think hereon, it is important to follow Mr. Neal Walker, including tracking his stock purchases and company affiliations. Besides being the 1) Chairman of Follica (which has rights to some of the groundbreaking work of Dr. George Cotsarelis as I have mentioned on this blog before), he is also 2) CEO and Co-Founder of Aclaris Therapeutics (which several weeks ago acquired Dr. Angela Christiano’s company Vixen Pharmaceuticals). So Mr. Walker (who has an MBA, Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and per several sources, is also a board certified dermatologist!), has essentially managed to acquire rights to the disparate but crucially important works of two of the world’s absolutely foremost hair loss researchers! Also noteworthy, Mr. Walker got his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, which is home to Dr. George Cotsarelis. Here is the insider transaction page for Aclaris Therapeutics. Follica is still a privately-held company.
Interestingly, Mr. Walker is or was also:
3) CEO of a company named Vicept Therapeutics, which was purchased by Allergan (a key player in the hair loss cure research world if you have followed this blog) in 2011. Vicept was working on a cream based treatment for the skin condition rosacea; 4) Vice-Chairman of Ralexar (formerly Alexar) Therapeutics, which is working on a gel based treatment for atopic dermatitis; 5) On the board of Sebacia, which is developing a treatment for acne; 6) Past President at Cutix pharmaceuticals, a developer of sunscreen; 7) The Chief Medical Officer at dermatology related company Trigenesis Therapeutics, prior to its acquisition by Dr. Reddy’s (a key player in the generic hair loss drugs world) in 2004; 8) With his twin brother, Mr. Walker co-founded Octagon Research, which was sold to Accenture in 2012; 9) He is also involved with Advancing Innovation in Dermatology; 10) And has an advisory role at Flexible Medical Systems, a privately-held medical device company; 11) And he seems to be a board member for a company names Specialty Diets; and………………
Mr. Walker is a truly remarkable person who is still only 45 years old! I bet he has absolutely perfect skin based on all the skincare products that he has been involved with, and he must surely have resolved all his dermatological issues if any existed in the first place? He does seem to always be smiling in his photos. Will he finally make us all smile too and bring about the cure for hair loss? Or will he just sell the companies that he leads and leave us to continue with our wild goose chase?