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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Partnering with FCR


We work with many partners and stakeholders, including the following.


US Homeland Security and food defense

USHS helps to support our efforts to develop improved test for botulinum neurotoxin through a major Reimbursable Trust Agreement.


FDA and food safety

Our work on food safety naturally overlaps with that of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We collaborate with the nearby CFSAN lab in Alameda on detection of bacterial contamination in food.


FSIS and Ceftiofur

Upon a request from the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA, we recently developed an improved assay for residues of Ceftiofur, a broad spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic used in beef production. This technology is now routinely employed by FSIS for monitoring of this regulated drug.


Neogen and assays

Under a Material Transfer Agreement, Neogen Corporation (Lansing, MI) is using antibodies developed by FCR scientists for evaluation in imunoassays for detection of specific contaminants in food.


Agdia, Inc., and Bowman-Birk Inhibitor

Immunoassay technology for Bowman-Birk Inhibitor, a naturally-occurring anti-nutritional component of soybeans, has been patented and licensed to Agdia, an immunodiagnostics manufacturer.


University of Wisconsin and food security

Our collaboration with Dr. Eric Johnson at UW involves detection of botulinum neurotoxin. Johnson supplies our labs with materials and expertise under a Specific Cooperative Agreement.


PanThera Biopharma LLC and biodefense

Under a Trust Agreement with Panthera we are exploring the potential of our antibodies for treatment of exposure to botulinum neurotoxin.


Prosetta and protein interaction

Funded through a Reimburseable Trust Agreement, we are working with Prosetta Bioconformatics to identify protein interactions.


ASDx and food defense

ASDx Biosystems, Inc, is using our antibodies to develop new luminescence immunoassays to detect botulinum toxins.


Xoma and biodefense

We are evaluating antibodies from Xoma for effectiveness in detecting, preventing, and treating botulism.


List Labs

Our antibodies for detection of botulinum neurotoxin are popular with many collaborators, including List Biological Laboratories, Inc.


California State University East Bay

Under CSUEB professor Dr. Carol Lauzon, graduate students are working with us on methods for detection of Shiga toxin producing E. coli in food. One of these students recently completed her MS degree.



For more information on partnering please contact any FCR personnel or the PWA Office of Technology Transfer.





Last Modified: 8/30/2013
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