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Methods for obtaining bioactive compounds from phytoplankton

Inventors: Kay Daniel Bidle,  Assaf Vardi,  Benjamin A. S. Van Mooy, Helen F. Fredricks, Liti Haramaty
Serial #: 12/940,927

Applications:  Pharmaceutical. A novel biologically active sphingolipid cerebroside isolated from marine algae acts on algal biochemical systems with a striking parallel to mammalian anti-viral/anti-aids chemistry, suggesting promise as a human anti-viral.

Technology: The molecule has been chemically characterized.  Activities include  apoptosis & antiviral effects. Purification scale up underway in collaboration with major Biofuels company. Issued methods patent, composition claims pending.

Last updated: August 6, 2014