DURHAM – A local tech startup says it’s got the cure for baldness – and now the clinical trial results to prove it.

REVIAN, formerly known as PhotonMD, has released final data from a randomized, double-blind study that shows the effectiveness of its REVIAN RED hair growth system, which uses LED light to stimulate the body’s cellular generation of nitric oxide and stop hair loss.

For 10 minutes a day, participants wore an all-LED hair growth cap targeting the biochemical processes in their scalp with a patented combination of two wavelengths of LED light (620 nanometers and 660 nanometers).

Preliminary results showed participants gained an average of 21.3 more hairs/cm2 over a 16-week period.

Screen shot from REVIAN website

“We specifically designed this clinical trial with the rigor of a pharmaceutical trial,” said Rodney Sinclair, MD, professor of medicine at Melbourne University and principal investigator in the trial, in a statement.

“We used placebo caps. Participants and evaluators were blinded, and as an outcome, these results can be trusted.”

Androgenetic alopecia, or pattern hair loss, affects approximately 50 million men and 30 million women suffering with hair loss in the United States.

Adult men and women diagnosed with the condition were randomly assigned to a dual wavelength, all-LED hair growth cap (REVIAN RED) or placebo cap (with no light therapy) for 10-minutes per day.

Final results showed a mean improvement of 26.3 hairs/cm2 over the placebo cap among participants who were at least 80 percent compliant with the treatment protocol.

Source: REVIAN

“The final data is over 20 percent greater than the top-line data reported in September 2019,” said Brian Johnson, REVIAN’s president, in a statement.

“Higher amounts of hair growth in the first 4 months, discovery of the statistically significant reduction of scalp itch, and more positive safety results for light therapy proves that REVIAN RED can redefine what is possible from an at-home hair loss treatment.”

REVIAN, and its parent company KNOW Bio, is now offering up its technology to the public through its first product, REVIAN RED, a hair growth system costing $995 that includes a wireless wearable cap controlled by a mobile “smart” app.

Durham startup plans to cure baldness with LED light