Divine Skin releases first topical hair-growth treatment based on peptide astressin-B discovered to regrow hair on mice, touts as first biotech developer to synthesize, commercialize peptide for human use in a cosmetic product
MIAMI BEACH, Florida
September 20, 2011
– Divine Skin Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:DSKX.ob - News) has announced the release of the first topical hair-growth treatment based on astressin-B, a peptide newly discovered to regrow hair on bald mice. Divine Skin becomes the first biotech developer to synthesize and commercialize the peptide for human use in a cosmetic product, to be marketed as Spectral.F7 under the DS Laboratories brand.
"Astressin-B is a very complex peptide that is difficult to synthesize," said Divine Skin CEO Daniel Khesin. "So we are especially excited that the resulting product will be reasonably priced as well as cutting-edge, considering the extraordinary development schedule and cost."
Astressin-B sparked extensive media coverage worldwide and excitement around the biotech industry after a clinical study, conducted by the University of California Los Angeles and the Veterans Administration, was published in February. By applying the peptide (a protein fragment) subcutaneously to mice that had gone bald due to overexpression of stress hormones, scientists showed that astressin-B blocked receptors for corticotropin-releasing factor, involved in the stress response, and led to hair regrowth.
"We think this technology is years ahead of its time," continued Khesin. "It could provide significant benefits to many of our hair-loss customers. Spectral.F7 is another direct result of our relentless commitment to bring the latest technology to market first and always."
Spectral.F7, a booster that can be combined with other treatments or used alone, should begin shipping in October. It comes less than two months after Divine Skin introduced Nanoxidil, a new molecule designed to stimulate follicles at the vertex of the scalp and surpass minoxidil for efficacy and tolerability.
About Divine Skin
Divine Skin Inc. leads in the development of biotechnology for topical, nutritional, and pharmaceutical therapies. It markets worldwide through online and specialty retailers, cosmetics wholesalers, salons, and medical offices. The fast-growing company went public in 2009.
DS Laboratories, its flagship brand, offers high-performance topical solutions to restore growth and radiance to hair, suppress dandruff and unwanted hair, control acne, improve hygiene, and reduce cellulite and wrinkles. Bioavailability is enhanced through encapsulation (www.dslaboratories.com).
The Sigma Skin brand sells through upscale retailers like Neiman Marcus in the United States and Harvey Nichols in the United Kingdom. The topical products address hair loss and other signs of aging (www.sigmaskin.com).
Polaris Research Laboratories makes high-potency minoxidil-based hair-growth formulas (www.polarisresearchlabs.com).
The Pure Guild offers purity with performance: Botanical compounds proven effective in clinical trials are extracted without industrial solvents or damaging heat and are sold through premium retailers (www.thepureguild.com).
NutraOrigin blends nutritional supplements that address the health concerns expressed by consumers, including fatigue, headache, obesity, mobility, menopause, erectile dysfunction, and others. In clinical trials for the US government, its Omega line proved to enhance mental function (www.nutraorigin.com).