Thursday, June 20, 2013
A University of
Pennsylvania team has found that increasing fibroblast growth factor 9 levels
in wounded skin can promote the growth of hair follicles in mice.1 Follica Inc. has licensed the
findings and plans to test the effects of the growth factor in hair growth
Follica plans to test FGF9 as a potential component of its
follicle neogenesis technology.
Martz, L. SciBX 6(24); doi:10.1038/scibx.2013.590
Published online June 20, 2013
1. Gay, D. et al. Nat.
Med.; published online June 2, 2013; doi:10.1038/nm.3181
Contact: George Cotsarelis, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,
2. Ito, M. et al.
Nature 447, 316-320 (2007)
AND INSTITUTIONS MENTIONED
Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea
Escape Therapeutics Inc., San Jose, Calif.
Follica Inc., Boston, Mass.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), New Brunswick, N.J.
Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Whitehouse Station, N.J.
University Langone Medical Center, New York, N.Y.
of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
of Bradford, Bradford,
University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.