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EDUCATION: MAX PLIKUS

PROFESSOR , CELL BIOLOGY UCI

WHY:Leader of researchers who found a new molecular mechanism for stimulating hair growth that may offer a road map for the next generation of therapies for baldness.

NOTABLE:Co-founded Amplifica Holdings, a biotechnology company that’s raised $11.8M to conduct trials using “microneedles” in a pain-free method to restore hair.

QUOTABLE:“What happens inside the mole is hair goes from small and fairly invisible to very large thick hair. We thought that since nature did an important experiment for us already—it created millions of people with hairy moles—why don’t we reverse engineer that? This is the kind of transformation that we desire when we want to cure baldness.”

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