Star Scientific , Inc. Comments on Roskamp Institute's Plans to Conduct Human Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Using a Compound (RCP-006) Developed by Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
10/7/2010 11:05:26 AM
GLEN ALLEN, Va., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Star Scientific, Inc. (Nasdaq: CIGX) has issued the following comment by Paul L. Perito, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals' Chairman and CEO:
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"We are gratified that the Roskamp Institute, a highly credentialed scientific foundation, has made a significant medical discovery that we believe holds the potential for creating a therapy that could play a role in alleviating the scourge of Alzheimer's Disease. We are equally grateful that our talented scientific and medical team, inspired by the creativity of our parent company's founder, Jonnie R. Williams, has developed a compound, RCP-006, which the Roskamp Institute believes merits human clinical trials. We trust that these trials will determine the effectiveness of RCP-006 in treating this debilitating disease.
Star Scientific has acted expeditiously to protect our company's intellectual property rights and, in that regard, has filed patent applications with the PTO relating to the formulation of the RCP-006 compound and its multiple uses.
On April 7, 2010, Star Scientific announced that it had finalized a Research and Royalty Agreement with the Roskamp Institute affiliate, SRQ BIO, LLC. To date, extensive pre-clinical research has been conducted under that agreement."
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About Star Scientific
Star Scientific is a technology-oriented company with a mission to reduce the harm associated with tobacco at every level. It is engaged in the development of dissolvable smokeless tobacco products that deliver fewer carcinogenic toxins, principally through the utilization of the innovative StarCured® tobacco curing technology. Its subsidiary, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is involved in the development of nutraceuticals as well as products to address neurological and mood disorders. Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals has scientific and research offices in Gloucester, MA, and a regulatory office in Washington, D.C. Star Scientific has a Corporate and Sales Office in Glen Allen, VA, an Executive, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs office in Bethesda, MD, and a manufacturing facility in Chase City, VA.
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