OMEGA-3 POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS FROM ALGAE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7333
Amount: $473,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Martek Corp.
9115 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD, 21046
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David J Kyle Phd
 (301) 490-2566
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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Abstract
RECENT INVESTIGATIONS INDICATE A SIGNIFICANT CORRELATION BETWEEN DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS OF POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS (PUFA), ESPECIALLY OMEGA-3 PUFAS, AND REDUCED INCIDENCE OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE. CLINICAL INTERESTS HAVE FOCUSED ON POTENTIAL USAGE OF OMEGA-3 PUFAS, IN THE TREATMENT OF HYPERCHOLESTEREMIA AND HYPERTRIGLYCERIDEMIA. AT PRESENT, THE ONLY SOURCE OF OMEGA-3 PUFAS IS OIL FROM CERTAIN MARINE FISHES. HOWEVER, MANY SPECIES OF ALGAE ALSO PRODUCE LARGE AMOUNTS OF OMEGA-3 PUFAS AND MARTEK CORPORATION BELIEVES THAT THIS GROUP OF ORGANISMS COULD PROVIDE AN INVALUABLE SUPPLY SOURCE OF OMEGA-3 PUFAS FOR CLINICAL TRIALS AND/OR FOOD ADDITIVE TESTING USING ALGAL MONOCULTURE. PHASE I WILLINVOLVE (1) ESTABLISHING SEVERAL OMEGA-3 PUFA-PRODUCING ALGAL SPECIES IN CULTURE; (2) OPTIMIZING THE GROWTH CONDITIONS AND DETERMINING THE MAXIMUM OMEGA-3 PUFA PRODUCTIVITIES; AND (3) EXTRACTING AND PURIFYING THE OMEGA-3 PUFA'S IN PREPARATIVE QUANTITIES. IF SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OVER THE FISH OIL SOURCE ARE IDENTIFIED, PHASE II WILL INVOLVE SCALE-UP PRODUCTION AND ANEFFORT TARGETED TO INCREASE SPECIFIC OMEGA-3 PUFA OUTPUTS FROM ALGAL SOURCES BY STRAIN IMPROVEMENT AND GENETIC MODIFICATION.

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