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Follica Raises $5.5 M To Advance New Treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia Into the Clinic
Date:1/4/2008

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Chris Ehrlich, Partner at Interwest Ventures, will join existing board members Ronald Cape (PureTech Partner, founder of Cetus, former Board Member Neutrogena) and Daphne Zohar (Follica CEO, Founder & Managing Partner of PureTech Ventures).

"Our technologies for creating and manipulating hair follicles position us to treat, and perhaps eventually cure, androgenetic alopecia, other hair loss conditions, and related follicular disorders such as acne," said Dr. Rox Anderson, Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Co- founder and Scientific Advisory Board Chair of Follica. Anderson invented and developed laser hair removal and infrared confocal laser microscopy, and has made important contributions to photodynamic therapy and tattoo removal.

About InterWest Partners:

InterWest Partners (http://www.interwest.com), founded in 1979, is a leading diversified venture capital firm focused on building long-term relationships with entrepreneurs and portfolio companies. Currently investing its ninth fund (IW IX), a $600 million fund, InterWest has raised more than $2 billion of capital since inception. InterWest has fifteen investing partners in Menlo Park, CA, and Dallas, TX, who bring together deep domain knowledge in life sciences and information technology.

The firm's investments in life sciences include: Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation (ASPV), Corixa (CRXA; acquired by GlaxoSmithKline, GSK), Epicor Medical (acquired by Saint Jude Medical, STJ), Inspire Pharmaceuticals (ISPH), IntraLase (ILSE; acquired by Advanced Medical Optics, EYE), Myogen (MYOG; acquired by Gilead, GILD), Spinal Dynamics (acquired by Medtronic, MDT) and TheraSense (THER; acquired by Abbott Labs, ABT).

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