New ‘Baldness Cure’ Makes Men Regrow Hair In Human Trial
A new solution which men rub into their heads is ‘showing promise’ as a treatment for male pattern baldness – with volunteers regrowing hair after using the drug.
Samumed, LLC, a leader in tissue regeneration, announced that it will present clinical data on a small molecule SM04554, an investigational new drug) for potential treatment of androgenetic alopecia
In preclinical in vivo studies, SM04554 has been shown to regenerate new hair follicles and increase hair
count in multiple a nimal models.
The company has finished a Phase I trial and is about to complete its Phase II trial with the same potential AGA treatment.
The drug has been tested on 300 volunteers, who were closely monitored as they used different concentrations.
And for once, the drug is actually working on humans, rather than mice or undersea worms or something equally irrelevant.
The drug – code named SMO4554 – is made by San Diego biotech start-up Samumed, and will go into larger human trials shortly.
Samumed says, ‘SM04554 appeared to be safe and well-tolerated. Over the 135-day study, both groups showed an increase in hair count and hair density, objectively measured by macrophotography.’
The results are ‘preliminary’, Forbes reports – but 300 men who took it reported growing new hairs in a one-square-centimetre patch of their head.
The drug seems strongly dependent on dose, Samumed reported – and says that in its animal trials, there seemed to be ‘Goldilocks’ zone where the effects worked best.