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Purified Saxitoxin for Food Safety Applications

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.

Potential Commercial Applications:

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

Competitive Advantages:


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Intellectual Property:
Research Tool - Patent protection is not being pursued for this technology.

Schantz EJ, et al. doi: 10.1021/ja01576a044

Licensing Contact:
Bill Ronnenberg, JD-MIP, MS
FDA Technology Transfer Program
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Building WO1, Rm 4214
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Email: FDAInventionlicensing@fda.hhs.gov
Phone: 240-402-4561

OTT Reference No: E-2009-010
Updated: August 6, 2015