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UMass Amherst Allows Maine-based ImmuCell Corp. the Right to License New Bacteriocin Technology

AMHERST, Mass. – The ImmuCell Corp. of Portland, Maine, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement to license new bacteriocin technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, developed by biologist Margaret Riley and colleagues, internationally recognized researchers in antibiotics.

This technology focuses on bacteriocins, which are toxins that bacteria produce to attack other closely related bacteria. In particular, ImmuCell will focus on those that are active against gram negative strains that cause mastitis in dairy cattle, an infection the company calls the most significant cause of economic loss to the dairy industry. The collaboration will broaden the company’s pipeline of bacteriocin molecules that provide an alternative to traditional antibiotics.

Riley says, “I am delighted with our collaboration with ImmuCell, a company that shares our vision of a 21st century antibiotic arsenal rich with drugs that target the infecting agents, while leaving the commensal microbiome intact and thus reducing the selective intensity for antibiotic resistance.”

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Hepler Named Honorary Fellow of Royal Microscopial Society

Peter Hepler, professor emeritus of biology has been named an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, the highest award offered by the organization. Hepler is being recognized for his contributions to the applications of light and electron microscopy to the plant sciences. “Throughout his career he has remained at the forefront of new developments and has produced a number of cutting-edge papers detailing his novel and inspiring research,” said the RMS announcement.

Helper was one of the first scientists to apply the new glutaraldehyde fixation to plant cells, revealing for the first time, bundles of microtubules under the plasma membrane of developing tracheary elements. He was also the first plant scientist to employ microinjection techniques to study the incorporation of fluorescent tubulin into microtubules in cells.

Hepler and the two other new honorary fellows were announced at the Botanical Microscopy Meeting held this week at Exeter University in the U.K..

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Irschick Featured in Nature.com

Duncan Irschick, Biology and Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, co-inventors of Geckskin, were featured in a Nature.com article about synthetic coatings and textures adapted from lizards, ivy, and other natural materials, to enhance everyday materials.

Hazen Wins Whiting Foundation Grant

Samuel Hazen, Biology, has received a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The Whiting Foundation awards fellowships to present and prospective teachers, particularly those on the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at a location away from their primary one in order to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction.