NEW YORK, Aug 29 – Third Wave Agbio said Wednesday it had received a $100,000 grant from the US Food and Drug Administration to develop DNA-based tools for detecting genetically modified organisms.
The grant comes from the FDA’s Phase I Small Business Innovation Research program.
"As the reliance on genetically engineered crops continues to increase, the ability to identify and distinguish them from unmodified crops is a major consideration for grain producers, grain handlers, food manufacturers and consumers" Glen Donald, CEO of Third Wave Agbio, said in a statement.
"Our research will focus on filling the need to easily detect genetically engineered crops,” he added.
Third Wave Agbio of Madison, Wis., uses Third Wave Technology’s Invader system for detecting genetic sequences and SNPs of interest.
Third Wave Technology owns a “significant” stake of privately held Third Wave Agbio, which has the exclusive license to the Invader technology for plant and animal agricultural applications, the company said.