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Development of a hormone implant to facilitate maturation and spawning in fish

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2019-02589
Agency Tracking Number: 2019-02589
Amount: $599,957.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.7
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006649
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-31
Small Business Information
2054 Palmetto Road, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406-5301
DUNS: 078832392
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nicole Kirchhoff
 (561) 818-0173
Business Contact
 Nicole Kirchhoff
Title: Owner
Phone: (561) 818-0173
Research Institution
Hatchery production is one of the largest costs and restraints to fin fish aquaculture andspawning aids are ranked as a high priority drug required by the aquaculture industry.Exogenous hormone administration has been developed to induce maturation and obtainfertilized eggs.While the GnRH hormone and slow-release vehicle are not new theircombination into a commercialized product that can work be used for a range of fish sizes andan innovative application gun to control accurate dosing are novel.This project will build on Phase I research which demonstrated slow release implants can yield2-3x higher juvenile fish production in hatcheries compared to current products on the market.This project aims to commercialize this implant through the accomplishment of three tasks: (1)optimize the hormone active ingredient analogue to be used in the final implant formulation(2) conduct studies required for FDA registration including drug efficacy and animal toxicityand (3) develop a new implant applicator gun that can allow for accurate custom implantdosing.Objectives 1 and 2 require trials on fish.Pinfish will be used as the benchmarkspecies with Florida Pompano and Bellgus Angelfish also utilized to demonstrate implantexpansion to other fish species.Objective 3 will be a collaboration between the PD aIndustrial designer and a marketing firm with prototypes trialed at five different commercialaquaculture farms.The outcome of this project will be two products on the path tocommercialization: (1) a spawning implant and (2) an innovative applicator gun.

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