Beautifully engraved specimen certificate from the Arrowhead Research Corporation
. This historic document was printed by the Northern Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's logo. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President, R. Bruce Stewart and Secretary.
Arrowhead Research Corporation is a nanomedicine company developing innovative therapeutic products at the interface of biology and nanoengineering. Arrowhead is currently focused on the preclinical and clinical development of therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and obesity, as well as healing wounded or diseased tissue. Arrowhead's partners include some of the most well-recognized and inventive leaders in nanoscience.
R. Bruce Stewart is the founder, director, and Executive Chairman of the Board of Arrowhead Research. A life-long entrepreneur, Mr. Stewart has started and funded over eighteen companies and has taken several of them to the public markets. His capital market experience spans thirty years and he has raised substantial capital for both public and private companies. He is known for his success in building value for shareholders and innovating novel strategies in corporate finance.
About Specimen Certificates
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates were made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that has grown in popularity over the past several years.