P36 Culturable Marine Organism as a Source for Bioactive Compounds

P36 Culturable Marine Organism as a Source for Bioactive Compounds

Andrea Bourdelais1, Daniel Baden1 and Jennifer Mccall2

1MARBIONC, University Of North Carolina At Wilmington, Wilmington North Carolina, USA 2Biology/Marine Biology, University Of North Carolina At Wilmington, Wilmington North Carolina, USA

The MARBIONC program at UNCW’s Crest Research Park is a collection of scientists working together to stimulate economic development in North Carolina through the discovery, development and marketing of new products and technologies derived from the ocean. At MARBIONC we use cultured marine organisms as a source for bioactive material.  This method is an environmentally friendly and sustainable means to generate biomass that provides reproducible yields of target compounds and is adaptable to intermediate scale and GMP/GLP practices. Notable achievements include: the development validation of a receptor binding kit for the detection and quantification of brevetoxins and ciguatoxins, “Brevenal” a treatment for Cystic Fibrosis and the “Escortins” which are being developed as a mechanism for drug delivery.