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Purified Saxitoxin for Food Safety Applications

Posted Jul 30 2012 8:00pm

Description of Invention:
Available for licensing as a biological material for research purposes is purified saxitoxin. Saxitoxin is the parent compound in a family of natural toxins that can occur in seafood and can cause food borne illness. Highly purified saxitoxin is vital for the development, validation, and calibration of detection methods for these toxins, as well as for fundamental studies in physiology and pain management. Interested parties may license the compound for conjugation chemistry and radiolabeling with the end goal of generating a research reagent.

Diagram of Saxitoxin structure

  • Investigation of food borne illness
  • Monitoring of seafood for contamination
  • Detection of food poisons

Sherwood Hall (FDA)

Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-278-2009/0

Research Tool — Patent protection is not being pursued for this technology.

Relevant Publication:
  1. Schantz EJ, et al. [ doi: 10.1021/ja01576a044 ]

For Licensing Information Please Contact:
Michael Shmilovich Esq.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325,
Rockville, MD 20852
United States
Phone: 301-435-5019
Fax: 301-402-0220

Ref No: 2014

Updated: 07/2012

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