Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 24, 2009
As demand on the world's water resources increase, it is imperative that affordable and sustainable methods for the management of both algae and cyanobacteria are developed. Algae are critical to aquatic ecology, but often grow to nuisance levels that can create taste and odor problems in potable water. While most algae do not produce substances that are toxic to humans or animals, this is not the case for cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria produce so-called cyanotoxins that are extremely toxic and are capable of causing serious illness or even death if consumed.
Agile Sciences' proprietary compound, Agilyte™, has been shown to be effective in dispersing biofilms. Given that biofilm formation protects cyanobacteria and algae from effective management control, a biofilm dispersion agent could be helpful in preventing drinking water contamination with harmful levels of cyanotoxins. Under this agreement, SePRO, a leader in the Aquatic weed and algae control markets, will validate the application, develop the compound composition and then retain an exclusive license for the Agile Sciences technology in the Aquatic market.
Commenting on the agreement, Agile Sciences cofounder Dr. John Cavanagh stated: "We are excited that SePRO Corporation has decided to develop Agilyte™ to address these aquatic problems, and extremely pleased that much of the work will take place at the SePRO Research and Technology Campus (SRTC), which is located nearby in Whitakers, NC."
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.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.agilesci.com
About SePRO Corporation: SePRO Corporation is recognized as an industry leader in providing the highest level of technical service to customers who operate in specialty niche markets of the USA. SePRO's key business segments include the U.S. Aquatics Industry, Greenhouse/Nursery Markets, and Professional Turf/Landscape Management. To learn more about SePRO Corporation, its products, services and technologies, call 1-800-419-7779 or visit the SePRO web site at http://www.sepro.com