Tucked in an office space on Broken Sound Parkway, the Xera Med Research team is busy recruiting and conducting patients to participate in clinical studies.
Often the studies are at very early stages, which is where the name Xera stems from. Xera is derived from the Hebrew word “Zera” meaning seed. Xera sees its work as a starting point, a seed, for researchers to use to create better treatments.
Xera Med was founded in 2015 and conducts studies pharmaceutical companies like Parexel, Takeda, Novella Clinical and Allergan.
Their business model recently expanded into Xera Luxe this year, a medical spa, side of their business thanks to their relationship with Allergan— the parent company to popular cosmetic procedures known as “medical aesthetics” like Botox, Juvederm, Coolsculpting and Latisse.
Founder of Xera Med Reach Emily Rentz said work Xera did on coming up with a treatment to the Zika virus is what helped put the business on the map. Since there were Zika patients in Miami, Xera was able to help with research and trials.
Currently, Xera is working on therapies and studies to help people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Rentz, a self-proclaimed “science nerd,” has a background in biochemistry. She said she has a passion for helping others and for aesthetics so combining the sterile world of labs and research into a trendy med spa made sense.
Clients on the med spa side of the business are treated like they are in for a spa treatment. There is a bar with champagne and sparkling water. Treatment chairs are oversized for comfort and guests are offered pillows for comfort.
One the most popular procedures offered is Coolscultping, a non-surgical, FDA-cleared, fat reduction treatment. Xera Luxe has two machines so clients can treat two areas simultaneously, saving half the time. The procedure takes about 45 minutes and there are no restrictions once its completed.
Xera Luxe also offers Botox, IV therapies, booster shots and other cosmetic procedures. There is an online booking portal with same day appointments.
Even though the med-spa is new, it is already gaining traction, especially from celebrity clientele. Jill Zarin of Bravo’s the Real Housewives of New York was the celebrity guest at the grand opening last month.