VALDOSTA, Georgia (WALB) – A group of student researchers from Valdosta State University (VSU) proudly represented South Georgia, ranking among the top 10 finalists at an event called “Ocean Exchange “.
The competition allows researchers to present innovative solutions using the ocean.
There were about 70 applicants.
The VSU group presented their research in pharmaceutical aquaculture.
The aquatic organism with many medical benefits, bryostatin, is extracted from the ocean and used to treat patients with certain forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.
The problem is, it’s very difficult to make and can cost around $ 20 million for a gram.
What VSU is doing is working on a cheaper way to make it, using the ocean to harvest it.
The students said the presentation of their work was exciting.
âEvery time you walk in for the first time you’re in front of businessmen, investors, people who have been doing this their whole lives, and we were just there like ‘yeah’,â said Jade Phillips, a major in biology at VSU.
âA lot of them were engineers. We were probably the only team that talked about pharmaceuticals and a lot of them talk about who we can use callop as a regenerative resource, how we can watch for omissions from boats, but we were there to talk about Alzheimer’s and how to find the compound to cure it, âsaid Beth Sharpe, a biology major at VSU.
The team did not win, but their research continues, paving the way for medical treatment.
VSU’s efforts support clinical trials in other areas.
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