INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
April 27, 2004
Dr. T. Edward Petroff
Exec. Vice President
Toxin Alert Inc.
April 26, 2004-
The University of Southern Mississippi and Toxin Alert Inc. (TOX-V
and TOXAF-OTC), announced today they have signed an agreement for
the development of Pilot Plant and Large-scale manufacturing methods
for Toxin Guard and related products. The five-year agreement
will seek out US $ 3.0 million annually in US Federal funding for
research carried out between Toxin Alert and The University of Southern
Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Toxin Alert's Toxin Guard is a
polymer film based product designed to detect the presence of food-borne
pathogens such as Listeria and E.coli in food as well as other applications.
Petroff, Exec. Vice President of Toxin Alert Inc., said "It
is always our strategy to partner with premier research institutions
and this agreement gives us the opportunity to work with one of
the finest polymer science research facilities in the United States.
We are thrilled to be associated with The University of Southern
very pleased to be working with Toxin Alert Inc.," said Dr
Shelby Thames, President of The University of Southern Mississippi
and founder of the polymer science program at the university. "This
cutting-edge research has endless applications that help provide
health safety for people. It is exciting to see our research developed
into practical application. We look forward to growing our partnership
with Toxin Alert as we work together."
plans to include The University of Southern Mississippi along with
Mississippi State University in a development program with the U.S.
Armed Forces to produce Toxin Guard products for their use.
University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi is a Carnegie research extensive
university with a student body of more than 15,000. With two campuses
and five teaching and research sites across south Mississippi as
well as in France, Mexico, England, and Spain, The University of
Southern Mississippi serves the state, the Southeastern U.S. region,
and the entire nation. The university is nationally recognized for
its programs in polymer science, marine science, education, psychology,
international studies, arts, hydrography and economic development.
For more information, please visit www.usm.edu.
Toxin Alert is a biotechnology company dedicated to bringing its
Toxin Guard technology to market. Toxin Guard 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
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