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Inscent Receives NSF SBIR to Develop High-Throughput Assay System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Inscent received a research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop technologies and products based on insect proteins, the company said yesterday.
The award will fund the project concerning the Attenu assay system. The high-throughput assay system can rapidly identify molecules that bind to insect chemosensory proteins and alter their activity. The system is being used to develop insect pest control products and biosensors.
The company did not disclose the amount of the grant, but an NSF database lists a $98,000 SBIR awarded to the company titled, "

Attenu, a novel platform technology for developing attractants and repellents for the domestic honeybee, Apis mellifera."  

According to the award abstract, the company will "

establish a novel high-throughput assay system for identifying molecules that interact with insect chemosensory proteins and use this system to screen a combinatorial chemical library for small molecules that bind to honeybee proteins."  

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