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Kepley BioSystems awarded prestigious NSF TECP Grant

11-15-2016 09:12 AM CET | Science & Education

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The initial design sketch for the OrganoBait automated production module to be funded by NSF TECP grant.

The initial design sketch for the OrganoBait automated production module to be funded by NSF TECP grant.

Greensoboro, N.C., November 11, 2016 -- Kepley BioSystems (KBI) is pleased to announce being awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TECP) grant to develop an automated manufacturing module for OrganoBait™. This $150,000 grant will help transform the KBI production scale from the laboratory to begin addressing its vast market potential.

KBI is an academically inspired enterprise committed to the development and commercialization of a patent-pending, synthetic crustacean bait to conserve billions of wild fish otherwise wasted merely as bait for lobster and crab fishing. Specifically, the KBI mission is to supply the $66 billion global crustacean fishing industry with an affordable, synthetic bait to avert the industrial plunder and consequent, dwindling populations of forage fish and the unintended by-catch of dolphins, turtles and other marine life destroyed in their capture.

To design the automated manufacturing module, KBI will partner with Mr. Robert Barry, founder of Nova Product Design, a skilled firm that specializes in industrial and mechanical design. During the TECP period, KBI will also continue an ongoing advisory relationship with Mark Pfister, sales manager of Atlantic & Gulf Fishing Supply Corporation in Miami, Florida. Atlantic & Gulf supplies fishing materials to a wide range of crustacean fishers globally.

“This is a momentous opportunity for Kepley BioSystems,” says research scientist, Lee Robertson. “The continued NSF support for our synthetic bait project will allow us to produce products at commercial volumes and bring OrganoBait to market. We are especially thrilled to be working with Nova to bring the technology to the next level."


Kepley BioSystems originated at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro the company is now located at the Gateway University Research Park proximal to JSNN. Kepley BioSystems is an academically-driven company led by Professor Christopher Kepley and Dr. Anthony Dellinger, a recent graduate, working in collaboration with lead inventor Terry E. Brady, located on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, British West Indies.

For more information, Visit:

Anthony L. Dellinger, President of Kepley BioSystems, Inc. Adjunct Research at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Kepley BioSystems, Inc.
2901 East Gate City Blvd Suite 2400
Greensboro, NC, 27401

Phone: 336-217-5163


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