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Q: Development and Commercialization of penicillin ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Development and Commercialization of penicillin
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: he2000-ga
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Posted: 13 Sep 2002 16:51 PDT
Expires: 13 Oct 2002 16:51 PDT
Question ID: 64825
who funded the development and commercialization of penicillin
Subject: Re: Development and Commercialization of penicillin
Answered By: rmn-ga on 13 Sep 2002 18:42 PDT
Hello he2000,

It was the United States Department of Agriculture that funded
research for penicillin to be mass produced in industrial qualities.

Penicillin itself was discovered by accident by Sir Alexander
Flemming, when he discovered colonies of bacteria living on petri
dishes (Staphylococcus aureus) were being destroyed by a mold-like
growth.  That growth was later found to be the mold Penicillium
notatum, or penicillin.

During World War II, penicillin was recognized as having tremendous
potential to save thousands of soldiers who were wounded in battle;
however, it was unable to be produced in substantial quantity.  The US
Department of Agriculture assigned Dr. Andrew J Moyer, a mycologist
who was employed within the agency, to the task of finding a way to
mass produce the mold.

In 1987 Moyer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
for his work.


"Inventor Profile - Andrew J Moyer"

"History of Penicillin, The"


penicillin history of

I hope this information is of assistance to you, if you need
additional help please feel free to contact me for clarification.


Request for Answer Clarification by he2000-ga on 16 Sep 2002 15:02 PDT
What was the cost?  Is there a breakdown?

Request for Answer Clarification by he2000-ga on 16 Sep 2002 15:04 PDT
what was the cost?  Is there a breakdown of who the key funders and investments?

Clarification of Answer by rmn-ga on 20 Sep 2002 15:07 PDT
I have performed several searches on Google with regard to the
information you are seeking and have been unable to locate any
relevant information.  I am sorry that I am unable to provide you with
an answer to your question, however I would like to suggest you post
your new question separately, as it is somewhat outside the scope of
the original question.
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