Research and Industry Involvement

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Pisces Molecular is involved in the rapidly expanding use of DNA samples to help stop the spread of invasive species and wildlife diseases.

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Grants and Achievements

  • Pisces was awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants (Phase I and Phase II) to develop positive control standard kits for eDNA assays for environmental organisms.
  • Pisces is engaged in a cooperative effort with another company to develop a DNA vaccine for infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV), a disease that affects both farmed and wild Atlantic salmon.
Pisces is involved in several conservation and industry groups, including:
  • the Diagnostics Working Group of the North American Bsal Task Force; the Working Group aims to standardize the detection of chytrid fungus—a pathogen deadly to amphibians—in North America;
  • the eDNA Workgroup of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species; as part of the Workgroup, Pisces is helping to standardize laboratory protocols for the detection of aquatic invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels; and
  • the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society, an organization promoting communication and interaction among professionals involved in the conservation and sustainable management of world fisheries.