Over the years there have been many remedies, drugs and treatments developed for the reversal of hair loss. Now a young Oxford PhD graduate is aiming to get in on the action with a food supplement pill that he says is completely natural.
29-year-old Thomas Whitfield, who has a PhD in biochemistry, has launched a product this week based on research carried out for his PhD thesis, which he hopes will provide an effective natural remedy for the millions of men and women suffering from hair loss.
Known as TRX2, the hair loss treatment comes in pill form and contains only naturally occurring compounds already found in the human body. Because of its natural content, TRX2 has been classified as a nutritional supplement rather than a drug. Launched through Whitfield’s start-up business, Oxford Biolabs, TRX2 targets the potassium ion channels within hair follicles to promote hair re-growth.
Hair loss food supplement
Speaking to the Telegraph newspaper, Whitfield revealed that he had initially planned to use his research to create a new drug for hair loss, but eventually shifted towards developing a pill which would be classified as a food supplement, due to the obstacles involved in getting approval for a drug.
“If you develop a totally new drug you need a lot of money and for that you need external investors. But then you lose the autonomy of the company and the product,” he said. “You don’t develop the most effective treatments. It just plugs into the big pharmaceutical companies.”
It is still early days for Oxford Biolabs, which has so far been funded from Whitfield’s own pocket and an assortment of grants, including one from the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship. But in the eighteen months since Whitfield established the company it has grown to encompass a dozen full-time employees, and has part-time staff on both sides of the Atlantic. He now hopes that TRX2 will prove popular with hairloss sufferers, and that positive sales will enable his company to continue to grow.
Hair loss an increasingly common problem
It is not yet known how effective the food supplement will be in preventing a receding hairline or promoting hair re-growth, but there is a large market for hair loss products in the UK and internationally. Statistics compiled by the Belgravia Centre in 2009 showed that a growing number of young men between the ages of 21 and 30 are seeking treatment for hair loss.
Upon release of the figures, Belgravia’s senior hair loss specialist, Leonora Doclis, said: “More people are becoming aware that you can do something about hair loss, but in the past your options were limited. Not until the last decade have Propecia and Minoxidil been combined to produce significant results.”
Doclis added: “There are numerous treatments that come and go, usually supplemental, but until now there has been no evidence that any are significantly effective for prevention of hair loss. We find supplements can help to boost results from the medically proven treatments, but until now we haven’t seen dramatic results achieved from the sole use of a supplement and that is why we always recommend treatment programmes based around the products that are proven to work”.
Licensed treatments for hair loss
Propecia and Minoxidil are the only two drugs which are scientifically proven to be effective in the battle against genetic hair loss, and are fully licensed by the MHRA in the UK and approved by the FDA in the USA. These two hair loss treatments are at the core of the Belgravia Centre’s hair loss treatment programmes, which utilise a range of hair growth boosters and trichological monitoring techniques to obtain optimum results.
If you’re suffering from male pattern baldness, alopecia areata or any other hair loss condition, the Belgravia Centre can help stabilise the condition and promote healthy hair re-growth. To find out more, browse our website, or contact us for a free consultation or complete an online diagnostic form to find out about our home-use treatment programmes available to anybody around the world.