Two city doctors have received a US patent for their revolutionary formula for hair growth – QR 678. This formula, which was invented in 2008 by Dr Shome and Dr Rinky Kapoor, will now be a commercial pharmaceutical product.
“It is rare for individual doctors to get a US patent and we are extremely happy. The first clinical trial is done, and we will soon be submitting a report on the formula to a top medical journal,” Dr Debraj Shome said on behalf of the duo. While Dr Shome is a facial plastic surgeon at Saifee Hospital and a director of The Esthetic Clinics, Dr Kapoor is a cosmetic dermatologist and also a director The Esthetic Clinics.
The QR 678 Hair Growth Factor is a novel molecule and is administrated into the scalp skin through superficial injections for hair growth. “Our group has identified a combination of five growth factors, which locally cause increased hair growth on administration into scalp via superficial injections,” said Dr Shome. He said this treatment is very different and much more advanced than stem cell hair growth treatment that is commonly performed at hair clinics/centres across the world.
When asked about the difference between the treatments, he explained, “The commonly practised treatment for hair growth concentrates on increasing the blood supply into the existing hair follicles. The QR 678 growth factors are naturally occurring substances that are already present in the scalp and are responsible for hair growth. In a person experiencing hair loss, this growth factor gets reduced either due to environmental, genetic or other factors. Our treatment involves injecting the formula into the scalp. Since this is anyway present in human bodies, there are no side-effects.”
Dr Shome also cautioned that the treatment with QR 678 formula will not necessarily work on everyone. “This works only when at least a few hair follicles are available in the areas injected. These hair follicles may be quiescent and not very health, they may even be microscopic and not visible to naked eye examination, but they need to be there. Hence, first we examine the scalp with a magnifier to see if these hair follicles are present, and only then do we recommend the therapy,” he said.
Each injection for this treatment costs Rs 6,000 and Dr Shome said a person needs anywhere between four to 10 injections for a course hair loss treatment using this formula.
Why the name QR 678?
Dr Shome explained: “A QR code is a code used in medicine derived from quick response. The number 678 signifies that there is no answer. This molecule has been named QR 678 to signify a quick response to a condition which earlier had no answer!”
What are growth factors?
A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation and cellular differentiation. Usually it is a protein, which is present locally and causes growth of that particular tissue. Growth factors are important for regulating a variety of cellular processes and act by binding to specific receptors on the surface of their target cells.