Sabinsa Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals, was awarded the Research & Development Council of New Jersey's Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award-2005 in the Enabling Technology/Small Company category for US Patent 6,849,645 for the invention titled “Method of increased bioavailability of nutrients and pharmaceutical preparations with tetrahydropiperine and its analogues and derivatives”. The Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards, which recognize the most revolutionary product innovations and important scientific breakthroughs originating in New Jersey.

Each patent is reviewed thoroughly by the Council, which is comprised of senior representatives from industry, academia and government. Winners are then chosen based on their exceptional merit.