• Office and lab address: 655 Research Parkway, Suite 546. • Web site: www.therametics.com. • Employees: Five. • Key personnel: Brian Fuller, owner and chief executive officer; Dustin Smith, director of research; Jennifer Johnston and Kim Fuller, research associates; Louise Smith, business manager. • Products: The Perfect Reflection anti-aging line includes a natural dermal repair serum and cleanser made with their trademarked Therasol IV, a natural compound that increases production of collagen and elastin. A baby care product line helps heal eczema and diaper rash. • Background: Brian Fuller, who has a doctorate in biochemistry, spends most of his spare time researching naturally occurring bioactive molecules and their effects on human skin. He founded Therametics LLC nine months ago, and the products went on sale at a kiosk inside Quail Springs Mall on Nov. 15. "The products are not skin cosmetics but skin therapeutics," said Dustin Smith, director of research for the company. Smith began researching skin inflammation while he was working on a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology under Fuller's mentorship. "The company is science-based, so all the skin care products start in the laboratory," Fuller said. "We actually use human skin, and we test these products to determine exactly how much of the active ingredient gets down into the skin. "Believe it or not, few dermatology drugs have been developed in the past 45 years," Fuller said doctors prescribe topical steroids, because nothing else is available. He said steroids can be harmful. Fuller and his staff look to nature for the compounds used in Therametics' products. He's not alone, as 85 percent of all FDA-approved drugs are plant-based, he said. "Most, if not all, pharmaceutical companies are now going back to the plants to find compounds," Fuller said. Clinical studies are being conducted on other products he's developed, including treatments for acne, psoriasis and radiation dermatitis, a burning that occurs during radiation therapy. Fuller said he hopes to license these products for prescription use to a dermatology pharmaceutical company based in Pennsylvania. Business Writer Trisha Evans
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Dustin Smith and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Fuller look over skin-care products Tuesday in the Therametics lab in the Research Parkway. The company’s anti-aging and baby skin-care lines are sold at Quail Springs Mall. BY David McDaniel, THE OKLAHOMAN