Texas A&M System Inventors Recognized
Superfund Research Program
Dr. Phillips honored with Patent and Innovation award
In February 2007 Dr. Timothy D. Phillips, SRP project investigator, received an Innovation Award from the Office of Technology Commercialization at Texas A&M University. Phillips was recognized for his toxicology research related to hazardous chemical and microbial contaminants of food, particularly the aflatoxins. To address this problem, Phillips and colleagues have demonstrated that NovaSil clay can be utilized to preferentially and tightly bind these poisons in the stomach and intestines resulting in reduced bioavailability, toxicity and cancer causing effects. He is also working on the development of similar therapies for environmental contaminants through the Superfund Research Program. Because of this work, the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at Texas A&M University has recently launched a Texas-based start-up company ( Texas EnteroSorbents, Inc ). One of the objectives of this new company is to commercialize novel products that will serve to diminish exposure and risk from food-borne and environmental carcinogens.