Oral Dietary Supplement for U.S. Navy Dolphins

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0746
Agency Tracking Number: N182-128-0024
Amount: $124,488.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-128
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-18
Small Business Information
2867 Farragut Road, San Diego, CA, 92106
DUNS: 080289063
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Stephanie Venn-Watson
 (619) 993-1449
Business Contact
 Stephanie Venn-Watson
Phone: (619) 993-1449
Email: stephanie@epitracker.com
Research Institution
Epitracker Inc. is developing a once daily oral supplement to prevent aging-associated diseases in Navy bottlenose dolphins. As dolphins age, some individuals develop chronic conditions, including inflammation, anemia, and metabolic syndrome. While modified fish diets may help stem these conditions, lack of ideal commercial fish stocks has resulted in a need to identify specific health-protective molecules for Navy dolphins and to provide these compounds as daily supplements. Epitracker has established a proprietary library of natural compounds present in dolphin sera that have protective profiles against aging-associated conditions. ETI-101, Epitrackers lead compound, safely lowers inflammation, raises hematocrit, and attenuates metabolic syndrome in animal models. While ETI-101 is an encouraging candidate for a Navy dolphin supplement, there is a need to assess additional compounds that may be provided as supplements to improve Navy dolphin health. In this Phase I SBIR, Epitracker will screen in vitro safety, anti-inflammatory activity, and erythrocyte-protective capabilities of 12 compounds from our library. Phase II SBIR studies will advance up to five of these compounds toward product-ready supplements for Navy dolphins. Partnerships with larger consumer product companies will be sought to help commercialize our supplements to improve the health of aging companion animals and humans.

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