TORONTO, April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mississippi State University and Toxin Alert Inc. (TSX: "TOX"), announced today they have signed an agreement for the development of large-scale antibody production (kilogram quantities) from plants. The five-year agreement will seek out US $ 2.0 million annually in US Federal funding for research carried out between Toxin Alert and Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, to develop commercially viable growing and extraction methods to produce antibodies and other proteins from plants. These antibodies can be used in Toxin Alert's Toxin Guard(TM) product to detect the presence of food-borne pathogens such as Listeria and E.coli in food as well as other applications. The production of antibodies in plants is also known as "plantibodies".
Dr. Edward Petroff, Exec. Vice President of Toxin Alert Inc., said " This agreement is a wonderful example of public and private co-operation in the development of science and technology which will be very important to general public health, both in the United States and Canada and world-wide. Toxin Alert has been funding laboratory and contained field research at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, for several years, and it is great to have Mississippi State University join us to expand and commercialise our plantibody production efforts."
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University, a land-grant and sea-grant institution founded in 1878, is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive Institution and the largest university in Mississippi. MSU enrols more than 16,000 students (20 % of whom are graduate students); has more than 930 full-time faculty members and approx. 4,000 full time employees; has total revenues of more than US $ 460 million; and has research expenditures of more than $ 150 million.
The university offers approx. 75 bachelor's degree programs, 70 master's degree programs, and 40 doctoral degree programs through colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Business and Industry, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources and Veterinary Medicine.
About Toxin Alert
Toxin Alert is a biotechnology company dedicated to bringing its Toxin Guard(TM) technology to market. Toxin Guard(TM) is a patented system of placing antibody-based tests on polymer packaging films to detect pathogens or other selected micro organisms. The company aims to leverage its patented technology into a commercialized food safety product. Through existing partnerships the University of Guelph and the Ontario government, Toxin Alert is refining its technology for use as a diagnostic medium. The technology has numerous potential applications in several other fields. For more information, please visit http://www.toxinalert.com/.
Toxin Alert Inc.