A Kentucky Company Providing Health and
Medical Products Derived from Blackberries
Four Tigers LLC was established in 2004 to develop botanical health and medical products derived from blackberries, the State fruit of Kentucky. Four Tigers was founded by Paige Shumate Short and researchers from the University of Kentucky.
Four Tigers is developing a pipeline of blackberry-based health products that will be marketed as cosmetics, dietary supplements, and foods. Initial products include a topical vanishing blackberry cream, a blackberry oral capsule targeted to the intestines and colon, and a blackberry chewing gum.
Four Tigers is also developing an exciting portfolio of medical products harnessing the potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of blackberries. Utilizing blackberries grown at WindStone Farms, researchers at the University of Kentucky have shown that an extract from the blackberries is able to inhibit the growth of human cancer cells in the laboratory.
Additional studies are underway to explore new medical applications, including studies in animals to demonstrate that blackberry extracts can prevent or treat cancer and inflammatory diseases.
Four Tigers’ management is led by Paige Shumate Short (President & CEO) and, Russell J. Mumper Ph.D. (Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer).