Jennifer McCall, a lecturer in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW and CEO of SeaTox Research Inc.

SeaTox Research Inc., in collaboration with UNCW, has received a $1.47 million Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to further develop toxin tests for seafood.

“This funding will provide significant advancement in our abilities to detect neurotoxins from harmful algal blooms that make people sick when they eat contaminated fish and shellfish,” said Jennifer McCall, a lecturer in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW and CEO of SeaTox Research Inc.

The tests are designed to be used by research groups and regulatory agencies to monitor toxin content in fisheries to protect the public from the detrimental effects of neurotoxins, McCall explained. They are based on fluorescent detectors, which represent an innovation over traditional tests based on radioactive labels or antibodies.

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