For Those on Watch, Hope Springs Eternal as Hair Trials Inch Along

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an early stage clinical trial (conducted in the Philippines) of its Hair Stimulating Complex (HSC). The patients received eight injections of HSC (double the number of injections in the 2010 pilot study), with a repeat dose at week six. The treatment was well-tolerated and no study-related adverse effects were reported. At 12 weeks, the patients showed a 46.5 percent increase in total hair count above and beyond the “statistically significant” improvement in hair growth and density that was reported at 12 weeks in the 2010 pilot study.

An additional physician-sponsored investigational new drug (IND) study is being conducted in the United States by Dr. Craig Ziering with 10 subjects, both men and women. Histogen says the study was initiated to evaluate the safety and efficacy of HSC, and also produced “hair growth effects in patients with diffuse hair loss.”

The company’s disclosure triggered a flurry of hopeful comments on Xconomy, beginning with a post by “Hope for Baldness,” who linked to Histogen’s PDF file and wrote, “I always read comments here and never post but I was force to post this. Very exciting!!!!! The cure is near for real. No bullshit!!!!!!! I have proof!!!!!!”

You could say they got their dander up. But Histogen’s findings barely scratch the surface. These are only partial results from an early stage, phase I/II trial. Even if the company continues to show positive results, it will be years before Histogen could bring its HSC treatment to market.

In response to my query about Histogen’s timeline for development, the company passed along an email from CEO Naughton:

“We anticipate pivotal trials in the U.S. or Asia will begin next year. As it is Histogen’s business model to bring each of its product applications to market through partnerships with leaders in different industries and geographic locations, strategy for future clinical trials of HSC will be largely dependent upon the regions of interest for such partners. We hope to have an NDA [new drug application] filed in the U.S. or Asia before the end of 2015.”

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10 responses to “For Those on Watch, Hope Springs Eternal as Hair Trials Inch Along”

  1. McJ says:

    And who says Xconomy don’t pay attention to their Follica readers!? Sooo, what do Follica make of all this Histogen business? More to the point, what do Follica have to say for themselves? Still keeping mum as they say? You Xconomy guys keep asking right?

  2. Sjdfksd says:


  3. Herzog says:

    I’m glad we can move on from a Follica based thread to a Histogen based thread. We’ll see them patenting HSC in two years. Right on schedule to their projections back in 2010.
    This is the first time a company hasn’t re-upped its “in 5 years” projection. We’re actually making progress on a timeline.

    Wow. Carry on Histogen

  4. Guest says:

    Woohoo!  That means by the time my dotcom becomes profitable, I can re-grow my hair and marry a girl in her 20s.  I love the internet!

  5. julian says:

    Well said, Bruce Bigelow: “Waiting for the biotech industry to advance new treatments for male pattern baldness (as well as female hair loss) might seem about as exciting as watching hair grow.”

  6. Alex178 says:

    It seems that Bruce Bigelow succeed in killing this great forum.
    He must be proud some tried hard but Bruce did it.
    Very sad.

  7. rev says:


  8. Alex178 says:

    Finally it seems that some decided to ignore this new thread.
    Indeed the previous thread is starting again.

    I just hope hope that everyone will come back to share their discoveries.
    More people means more research on the web and more informations.

    • Alex178 says:

       By the old thread I mean “Follica Sheds More Light on Hair Re-Growth Invention”

  9. McJ says:

    Hey Bruce,

    I and some others on the other thread (ok, mostly me) do wonder if you good folks at Xconomy keep asking Follica for an update. So, you do ask right? Even a ‘nothing to report’ report would be kinda nice. At least so we know Follica are still active and such.

    Things are awfully quiet at the moment and we can’t help but wonder.

    Thanks for reading (assuming you actually read these)