CLEMSON — Clemson researcher Andrew S. Mount has been selected as a 2016 TechConnect Innovation awardee.

As an associate professor and director of the Okeanos Research Laboratory in Clemson’s department of biological sciences, Mount has dedicated his scientific career to studying the mysteries of oyster shell formation and the prevention of marine biofouling by barnacles. His latest discovery was recognized by the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee.

Mount’s latest innovation involves deterrence of fouling by larval marine organisms on the hulls of ships and other immersed structures.

The TechConnect Innovation Awards selects top early-stage innovations from around the world. Mount’s technology was among the top innovations chosen from the hundreds submitted.

The award winners were announced prior to the TechConnect Innovation Summit conference in Washington, D.C., in May.

Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) representatives attended the TechConnect Innovation Summit conference where they were distinguished as awardees.

“Our team has succeeded in the development of a safe and environmentally benign antifouling technology which complements the very latest in antimicrobial marine antifouling coatings that have been developed over the past 10 years,” said Mount.

Mount’s anti-fouling peptide could be the answer to deterring marine biofouling, which is the unwanted accumulation of marine organisms, such as barnacles and algae, on submerged structures and ships. This accumulation of marine organisms costs the marine industry billions of dollars of increased fuel consumption due to the increased drag on ships. This is particularly relevant to the Office of Naval Research.

Mount has received several other presitigous recognitions. His revolutionary findings about oyster cell biology were published in the journal Science in April 2004. In 2012 and 2014, Mount’s continued research was published in the journals Nature and Nature Communication.

“The TechConnect Innovation Award is well deserved recognition for Dr. Mount’s continued cutting-edge research,” said Chris Gesswein, director of licensing for technology transfer at CURF. “We are very excited about the prospects of engaging one or more industrial partners to advance the technology toward a commercial product.”

The full list of 2016 TechConnect Innovation awardees can be found at: http://techconnectworld.com/World2016/participate/innovation/awards.html

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This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Naval Research under grant number N00014-14-1-0488. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Naval Research.