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Transgenic Black Soldier Flies for Sustainable, Improved Nutrition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D6318C0031
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2043
Amount: $1,496,622.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB163-002
Solicitation Number: 2016.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-04
Small Business Information
675 Arapeen Drive Suite 302, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
DUNS: 179151188
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Derrick Gunther, Ph.D.
 (801) 588-0455
 dgunther@echelon-inc.com
Business Contact
 Kelly Sauder
Phone: (801) 880-0455
Email: ksauder@echelon-inc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to continue our project generating transgenic insect with improved nutrition for humans and livestock, building on the milestones we have reached and will continue to develop in phase I. We have already demonstrated insertion of exogenous reporter DNA into the insect, and continue to develop genetic engineering tools and techniques. We have expressed the biosynthetic pathway of interest in insect cell culture, resulting in accumulation of the target nutrient. With this groundwork already in place, we will engineer this biosynthetic pathway into the target insect genome. The primary deliverables for Phase II will be expression of the biosynthetic pathway allowing the accumulation of the key nutrient in the insect, resulting in a patented, already nutritious insect with improved nutritional profile. Essential nutrients are required for many biological processes, are found lacking in developing regions of the world, and could be part of a balanced diet during food shortages and extended military deployments. We will also develop the protocols for rearing, preservation of transgenic lines, and processing biomass into food and feedstuff, providing us the necessary protocols and experience to complete, and scale up, commercial production of a beneficial recycling insect with an improved nutritional profile.

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