June 26, 2008 | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) pharmaceutical researcher Bill Gurley, Ph.D., who invented a skin cream using tea tree oil, has now invented a foot cream that helps repair dry, cracked skin.
The new product, called Omnibalm® Daily Foot Therapy, was developed by Balm Innovations, a company Gurley formed through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) BioVentures.
Omnibalm Daily Foot Therapy combines moisturizers with a high concentration of tea tree oil that softens and helps repair dry, cracked skin.
“Tea tree oil provides antiseptic and antifungal properties to the cream,” said Gurley. “We tend to put a lot of stress on our feet during the summer, so it’s important to give them the attention they need.”
The cream, for general and diabetic foot care, recently hit the shelves of 97 USA Drug, Super D, Drug Warehouse, May’s Drug, Med-X Drug and Ike’s stores in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Balm Innovations, LLC is a provider of innovative, natural personal care products. The company’s initial offering, Omnibalm, is a versatile topical cream based on a proprietary formulation Gurley developed. Seeking relief from a severe sunburn, Gurley created Omnibalm more than 15 years ago after discovering the numerous capabilities of tea tree oil. Balm Innovations was formed in 2004.
Balm Innovations,is one of 17 UAMS BioVentures startups licensed to take UAMS’ inventions from the laboratory to the marketplace.
For more information on Balm Innovations or Omnibalm creams, visit www.omnibalm.com.