Friday, April 12, 2013

ASLMS 2013 keynote highlights clinical opportunities

At this year's American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) annual conference, held April 3-7 in Boston, MA, keynote speaker Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, joked that he "...probably knows the least about lasers." But his expertise in tissue engineering is bringing about some interesting collaborations.

One collaboration involves R. Rox Anderson, MD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Mass General Hospital, who specializes in non-scarring laser treatments for skin rejuvenation--many of which he conceived and developed. For beauty startup Living Proof--which Langer co-founded (and is co-owned by Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston!)--the two scientists are working on a flowable, skin-contouring, polymer emulsion system that provides a safe, noninvasive topical alternative to existing lower-lid treatment modalities. Called Strateris, the polymer activates instantly on contact to under-eye skin to form a breathable, hydrating, invisible, elastic film that imparts natural skin aesthetics at the lower-lid application site, while reducing the appearance of under-eye bags and wrinkles.1

The Strateris technology has undergone a pilot clinical study at three different test sites, testing 24 women between the ages of 40 to 65. No word is available on when the product will be released commercially.

1. A. Kauvar et al., J. Amer. Acad. Dermatol., 68, 4, 1, AB20 (April 2013).