UNH Partners with Kerafast to Facilitate Access to Research Materials

Maria Emanuel

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Maria Emanuel

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has recently licensed two synthetic peptides and an antibody to the reagent company Kerafast. The materials were developed by Dr. Stacia A. Sower, a professor in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the director of the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology (CME). The peptides correspond to Guinea Pig Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH), a key molecule in reproduction regulation, and the antibody is specific for guinea pig GnRH. The materials, along with lamprey eel peptides and antibodies, are now available to researchers worldwide in the Kerafast catalog. These collective reagents were developed by Dr. Sower during her exemplary research career proving the use of lampreys as a comparative model for neuroendocrine controls and processes in vertebrates. Dr. Sower has recently retired from UNH, and this agreement ensures the continued availability of these high quality and well-characterized materials for researchers to further advance the field of endocrinology.

UNH has been partnering with Kerafast for several years to facilitate access to research materials developed in its university laboratories, including antibodies, cell lines, proteins, and compounds. The program enables researchers to share reagents with a quick and simple Material Transfer Agreement. Kerafast markets the materials, handles selling and shipping logistics, and returns a portion of the proceeds to UNH and the contributing labs.

For more information, or to discuss distributing your lab’s reagents through the program you can email unh.innovation@unh.edu or start the commercialization disclosure process at  

Maria Emanuel
Associate Director