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Corporate Report: May 25

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Roskamp Institute, Rock Creek reports successful anatabine study
The Roskamp Institute of Sarasota announced new research findings in a multiple sclerosis study it is performing with the Star Scientific subsidiary Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. The institute completed a successful mouse study using nutritional supplements with Rock Creek's specially formulated anatabine, an anti-inflammatory agent commonly found in tobacco plants and tomatoes.

In a report, the researchers at Roskamp describe how they assessed the effects of anatabine in the animal's diet. Mice were vaccinated with myelin, which induces a severe inflammatory process in the brain and destroys neurons causing progressive paralysis.

The anatabine dietary supplement resulted in a dramatic reduction in the rate of paralysis of hind limbs.

The preliminary data suggests the company's anatabine supplement had a beneficial effect in this simulation of multiple sclerosis.

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals and the Roskamp Institute have worked on research relating to the company's anatabine compound for a number of years.

The Roskamp Institute previously reported a successful study in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease using a nutritional supplement with a specially formulated version of a similar anatabine, Star Scientific's Anatabloc.

Boar's Head Brand introduces new 'worldly' meats, cheeses
Sarasota-based Boar's Head Brand has launched a new line of deli meats and cheeses called Boar's Head Bold. Boar's Head Bold features four deli meats and cheeses designed around the cuisines and local flavors of exotic destinations around the world.

The product line includes Jerk Turkey Breast inspired by Jamaica, Chipotle Chicken Breast influenced by the Baja peninsula, 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese from Brazil and Chipotle Gouda infused with the flavors of Veracruz, Mexico.

“With the trend in foreign travel and the popularity of ethnic foods, consumers have developed an appetite for complex flavor profiles,” Michael Martella, president of Boar's Head, says in a press release. “With our new line of bold products, Boar's Head is creating unique and delicious products that make international tastes convenient and accessible.”

PSCU credit union non-profit testing MasterCard's PayPass Wallet Services
PSCU, a St. Petersburg-based credit union service organization for more than 1,500 financial institutions nationwide, is the first organization in the credit union industry to test PayPass Wallet — a digital wallet from MasterCard. PayPass Wallet can be sub-branded by PSCU's member credit unions and is designed to make it faster and easier for consumers to make purchases using their computers, tablets or smart phones.

The PayPass Wallet Services includes a network for merchants to accept electronic payments across multiple channels, several digital wallet solutions and PayPass API, an application-programming interface that allows partner groups to connect their own digital wallets into the acceptance network.

MasterCard has committed to making its digital wallet system open to rival cards, such as Visa or American Express.

Infrax Systems launches SPIDer remote facility security network
Infrax Systems Inc., a St. Petersburg-based provider of smart grid-related products and services, has introduced the Secure Perimeter Intrusion Detection (SPIDer) network, a security system to prevent copper theft and other problems at remote facilities.

The new network can use electronically charged coaxial cables attached to chain link fencing to detect an intrusion or image sensors that can be visually monitored.

It was built primarily for remote critical infrastructures, such as energy substations, generation facilities, remote storage and coal yards.

Sarasota's Bill Moore named Lawyer of the Year

Legal publication Best Lawyers has named S. William, “Bill,” Moore as the “Tampa Best Lawyers Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the Lawyer of the Year.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of top attorneys through peer-review surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million evaluations of lawyers by lawyers.

Lawyers of the Year need to have received high ratings for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Bill Moore and partners Jackson Bowman and Gregory Rix — formerly of Brigham Moore LLP— have formed a new firm with offices in Sarasota and Tampa, Moore Bowman & Rix PA.


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