mAbDx awarded Small Business Innovative Research grant to develop a diagnostic test for Vibrio tubiashii, a bacterial shellfish pathogen that is a major problem for shellfish aquaculture

Wed 01 October 2014

mAbDx has been awarded a highly competitive Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA, NIFA). The project goal is to develop an inexpensive diagnostic "dipstick" test for Vibrio tubiashii (Vt), a bacterial shellfish pathogen that causes serious, costly production disruptions in shellfish hatcheries because Vt contamination is currently difficult to detect and manage. The test will increase US shellfish hatchery production by providing hatchery operators with the ability to detect Vt contamination early, in time to intervene with effective, cost-saving measures. mAbDx Chief Scientific Officer Michael Marusich is the Principle Investigator on the study, and work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Claudia Häse, Associate Professor, Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.