ISLAND GIRL Products
was founded in 1995 by Dr. Anthony L. Willis, a Ph.D. scientist
of international repute. Dr. Willis obtained his degrees in London
England (Royal College of Surgeons). Together with Nobel Laureate
Sir John Vane, Dr. Willis made a discovery that aspirin and similar
drugs prevented inflammation, pain and fever by blocking formation
of hormones called "prostaglandins". He later discovered
that aspirin prevented heart attacks by blocking formation of
an unstable substance that he isolated and which was later identified
as a special type of unstable prostaglandin. All of this work
and much of his later research on atherosclerosis and heart disease
involved techniques of "separation chemistry" i.e.
extraction of one group of chemical substances from another.
This is also the principal behind all chemical cleaning and oxidation
After postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, CA, Dr.
Willis worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry,
performing research and development (Eli Lilly, Roche, Syntex,
Glycomed). He was, for several years, Principal Scientist at
Syntex Corporation and finally Chief Scientist at a start up
Biotech company. He is author or co-author of over 100 scientific
publications and has edited/written several textbooks and book
chapters in pharmacology/biochemistry. In 1982, his work was
cited during two Nobel addresses.
In 1994, Dr.Willis took a year off and sailed single-handed to
Hawaii. While working on his boat in Honolulu (1995), he devised
the ISLAND GIRL® concept of user/environmentally friendly
boat care "cosmetics" that do what other products cannot.
This work has culminated in a product line of seven different
products that together make up the "ISLAND GIRL® System"
After gaining a loyal customer base in California, ISLAND GIRL®
products are now beginning to become available throughout the
United States. Since October, 1999, the products are being manufactured
and packaged by a contract manufacturer, who can supply large
amounts of product on demand.
After expending considerable
effort in penetrating the retail market, Dr. & Mrs Willis
have (as of October 1999) moved to Hawaii to focus on direct
sales via the internet, and research, development and promotional
activities .. and to do some more sailing!
During FY 2000, sales
via the internet have have exceeded those via retail stores and
this is just the beginning!
or Demo of Island Girl Products including the New ULTRA Microfiber
Cleaning Cloth Towels and Mops in the Caribbean/Puerto Rico/Virgin