I have discussed “The Bald Truth” show many times on this blog. Usually when I catch an episode of relevance to a new post that I am writing.
The show’s hosts are Spencer Kobren and Joe Tillman. Spencer has been involved in the hair loss world for 25 years, and in 2000 even authored a book on hair loss. He is also the founder of the American Hair Loss Association.
I have covered Joe several times on this blog, and he has had an unbelievable 10 hair transplant surgeries. Ranging the gamut from bad surgeries; to repair surgeries; to crown and scar improvement surgeries; to a minor body hair transplant procedure. You can find Joe’s before and after photos and videos on his site.
I will republish this post each Friday the show is on. The post will only remain on top for half the day. You can click on the below video to go to the actual YouTube broadcast with the live chat and comments.
The Bald Truth™ June 24th, 2022
Hair Transplant Mentor™ Presents Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth with Joe Tillman.
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All the great news this year related to hair loss research, trials and potential cures has made people very optimistic. However, a lot of hair loss sufferers are becoming excessively passionate about a select few companies (especially Histogen and Replicel) or about the results from a select few clinical trials.
I therefore decided to write this post as a warning from past experiences of putting too much faith into any one or two entities. Something as simple as lack of sufficient funding despite successful stage 2 clinical trials can cause a company to stop pursuing highly promising products.
In the mid-to-late 2000s, two companies named Aderans (Japan) and Intercytex (UK) caused tremendous excitement in all the online hair loss forums. Both were involved in groundbreaking research related to hair cloning and hair multiplication. Moreover, Aderans’ research was led by the renowned Dr. Ken Washenik through the Aderans Research Institute. He made numerous presentations about their technology at various conferences. Below are two of those:
However, in 2013, Aderans decided to liquidate its research institute. Spencer Kobren had a segment about this on his usually weekly radio show:
Intercytex abandoned its work in 2010 due to financial difficulties, despite positive results from phase 1 trials. According to the company’s website, “the Intercytex name and ICX-RHY were purchased by private investors and relaunched as Intercytex Ltd in 2010”. ICX-RHY is a skin repair product.
As of 2014, Aderans’ research is focused on wigs and hair replacement. They purchased US-based hair restoration market leading companies Hair Club in 2013 and Bosley in 2001. Intercytex as a company is no longer in existence.