The group is targeting to introduce the treatment commercially by 2020, The Japan Times reports.
Researchers at RIKEN have already successfully demonstrated their capability to regenerate body parts, that include teeth, certain glands and hair follicles in mice, in a process called the primordium method.
In this method, the researchers will extract hair follicles and a small patch of skin from a patient’s normal scalp. Cells will consequently be processed and turned into follicles, that will be grafted into the patient’s scalp as additional hair parts. While Kyocera will take advantage of its microfabrication technology to mechanize cell cultivation and processing, rIKEN and Organ Technologies might be in charge of establishing a method of cell proliferation. Besides, the stem cells in the follicles will therefore be extracted and cultivated to increase their number.
These companies are not only one ones that are pursuing the regeneration methodology.
Japan cosmetics manufacturer Shiseido is working with RepliCel Life and Sciences in Canada to develop their own regenerative process and is targeting to introduce a treatment as early as 2018 for the price of 1000, Forbes reports. These companies are not only one ones that are pursuing the regeneration methodology.