Agile Sciences is Awarded $150,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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The National Science Foundation has awarded Agile Sciences a STTR Phase I grant of $150,000 to study the ability of Agile Sciences' proprietary compound to increase the efficiency of filters used for drinking water purification. The award is effective on July 1, 2009.

Although the availability of safe drinking water is a fundamental human need, exponential population growth as well as the effects of climate change have made drinking water scarce for large portions of the global population. Over 20% of the world's population does not have access to safe drinking water, and millions of people die each year from diseases attributed to contaminated water.

A promising technology for delivering clean drinking water is membrane filtration. However, large-scale application of membrane filtration is hampered by buildup of biofilms on the membranes, commonly referred to as "biofouling". Although membrane filtration has significant potential to provide safe drinking water to large portions of the global population, its cost-effectiveness is reduced significantly due to the irreversible effects of biofouling.

Agile Sciences' proprietary compound, Agilyte™, when incorporated into filtration membranes, is expected to prevent and disrupt biofilm formation, thus substantially reducing or effectively eliminating biofouling. If filtration membranes can function more efficiently, they could help provide safe drinking water on a much larger scale, resulting in a substantial improvement in global drinking water availability and sustainability.

Commenting on the award, Agile Sciences cofounder Dr. Christian Melander stated: "We have been eager to test the feasibility of attaching Agilyte™ to a membrane surface while maintaining anti-biofilm activity and appreciate that this award will allow us to now begin."

About Agile Sciences:
Agile Sciences is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The company was founded in 2007 by Professors Christian Melander and John Cavanagh of North Carolina State University (NCSU) to provide commercial solutions to those industries plagued by the effects of biofilms. The company's proprietary compound was derived from the Agelas conifera sea sponge and has been shown to be effective in dispersing biofilms.

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