Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer has signed an agreement with Pacific GeneTech that develops and commercializes next-generation vaccines, to license PGT’s Salmonella vaccine for poultry.
Pacific GeneTech (PGT) is a biologics company. PGT’s Salmonella vaccine addresses multiple serovars of Salmonella. It was developed from the company’s proprietary Aegis platform, which is applicable to multiple pathogens, including bacteria, parasites and viruses. Both the platform and Salmonella vaccine were originally developed by the University of Arkansas’s Poultry Health Laboratory, in collaboration with other U.S. and Canadian universities and with support from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“Partnering with PGT on this vaccine will allow Kemin to deliver the technology needed to address Salmonella contamination in poultry, a common pathogen that threatens food safety and the health of consumers,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO, Kemin. “I am thrilled that we will be able to bring this vaccine to market around the world. This will make the vaccine more accessible which, in turn, may help reduce the incidence rate of Salmonella in consumer poultry products.”
As part of its partnership with PGT, Kemin will focus on developing the Salmonella vaccine and registering it in the United States and other countries, beginning with the European Union. Kemin will also begin expanding the Salmonella vaccine’s availability in Southeast Asia and Africa.
“Kemin has the technology, technical expertise and scientific experience to scale PGT’s Salmonella vaccine and deliver it to a global audience,” said Tim Collard, CEO, PGT. “We are excited to partner with Kemin because we believe that the superiority of our vaccine, coupled with Kemin’s innovation, commitment to animal health and global presence, can make Salmonella prevention more attainable for many.”
Kemin Biologics, a business initiative of Kemin Industries focused on developing vaccines as the first line of defense against disease to reduce the use of antibiotics, entered this partnership with PGT in February 2020, and has begun the product registration process in multiple countries.
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