Star Scientific, Inc. is a technology-oriented company with a mission to promote maintenance of a healthy metabolism and lifestyle. Since the incorporation of our Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals subsidiary in 2007, our research has focused primarily on the utility of anatabine, one of the alkaloids found in the Solanaceae family of plants, which includes tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, potatoes, and tobacco. Initially, our research concentrated on the impact of anatabine in decreasing an individual’s desire to smoke cigarettes or use other traditional tobacco products. More recently, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals has been focusing on the anti-inflammatory aspects of anatabine, in an effort to develop a range of non-nicotine dietary supplements and related pharmaceutical products that could be beneficial in maintaining a healthy metabolism and in supporting good nutrition.
Currently, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals manufactures and sells two nutraceutical dietary supplements: Anatabloc® Original and Anatabloc® Unflavored, for anti-inflammatory support, and CigRx®, for assistance in fighting the urge to smoke cigarettes. In addition, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals has been engaged in the development of other dietary supplements and pharmaceutical products, particularly products that have a botanical-based component. Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals also has been involved in the development of a line of cosmetic products that utilizes our anatabine compound to improve the appearance of the skin. These products consist of Anatabloc® Rare Cellular Facial Crème, which was launched in September 2012, and Anatabloc® Revitalizing Facial Serum, which was launched in March 2013.
Since the 1990s, we also have sought to develop processes that significantly prevent the formation of one of the most abundant and significant groups of carcinogens, tobacco specific nitrosamines (“TSNA”), found in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Our development of technology for reducing levels of TSNA led us to focus on the development of non-nicotine tobacco-based pharmaceutical products and the non-nicotine dietary supplements that we are pursuing through Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to pursue a range of world-wide licensing opportunities related to our underlying technology and products.