Aptimmune Receives Biotech Innovation Award

Jamie Johansen

Aptimmune Biologics was awarded this year’s Biotech Innovation Showcase’s Top Company Award at the 2017 Partnering for Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase & Forum that took place this week in Ankeny, Iowa. At the Showcase, 12 emerging companies in four categories (agricultural technology, animal health, human health and bio materials) made formal presentations to a panel of eight business leaders from …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, award, Biotech, Swine, Technology

First Animal Biotechnology Summit Set for September

Jamie Johansen

The first Animal Biotech Summit will be held September 21-23 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is hosting the event, which will focus on using animal biotechnology to advance the objectives of One Health. Featured topics include: biotechnology applications and policy issues associated with emerging infectious diseases; animal models of human diseases; food safety; biodefense; agricultural productivity; biodiversity …

Ag Group, BIO, Biotech

NMPF Urges Passage of Biotech Food Labeling Legislation

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) joined a group of more than 1,000 agriculture, business and food companies in urging the Senate to pass legislation that would create a uniform, federal system for labeling foods produced using biotechnology. The letter, addressed to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), was sent by the Coalition for Safe …

Ag Group, Biotech, Dairy, Food, food safety, Government, National Milk, Policy

NMPF Statement on Food Biotech Legislation

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., released the following statement on reaching a bipartisan agriculture biotechnology compromise solution. “This bipartisan agreement is an important path forward that represents a true compromise. Since time is of the essence, we urge our colleagues to move swiftly to support this bill.” Jim Mulhern, President and …

Ag Group, Biotech, Dairy, Government, National Milk, Policy

Genus and Caribou Announce Collaboration

Lizzy Schultz

This week, Genus plc and Caribou Biosciences, Inc. announced a multi-year strategic collaboration. As part of the collaboration, Genus will receive a worldwide, exclusive license to Caribou’s leading CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology platform in certain livestock species. The partnership marks the largest technology-driven alliance that Genus has made to date, and positions Caribou at the forefront of an emerging market …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Biotech, Company Announcement, Genetics, Genomics, Research, Science, Technology

Novozymes Launches New Lactase Enzyme

Lizzy Schultz

Novozymes has officially launching Saphera, a lactase enzyme that is setting a new standard for production and quality of a wide range of lactose-free products, including milk and fermented dairy products such as yogurt. Saphera originated from Bifidobacterium bifidum, which differs considerably from traditional lactases made from yeast, making the product the first major innovation in this growing industry for …

Ag Group, Biotech, Dairy, enzymes, Food, Milk, Novus International

New Study Says Algae-based Feed Could Reduce CO2

Jamie Johansen

The Algae Biomass Organization shares new peer-reviewed study, published in the Carbon Balance and Management. The analysis has shown that widespread use of algae in animal feed could help limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 and possibly even turn back the clock, bringing atmospheric carbon concentrations down to preindustrial levels by the end of …

Ag Group, Algae, Biotech, Feed

Purdue Study Reveals ManureMagic Success

Lizzy Schultz

DryLet, LLC recently announced the results of a Purdue University study that highlight the ability of ManureMagic to reduce deadly hydrogen sulfide gas and noxious odors generated in pig farming operations. The 42-Day study was conducted by Dr. Albert Heber in Purdue’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering. The research tested the efficacy of ManureMagic in reducing hydrogen sulfide, as …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Biosecurity, Biotech, Research, Swine, University, Video

VT Chickens Help Hatch Evolutionary Discovery

Lizzy Schultz

The genetic lines of chickens raised at Virginia Tech University were a critical component in a remarkable research study which has proven that evolution happens 15 times faster than has been previously believed. The study was published recently in Biology Letters, a journal of Royal Society Publishing, and involved Virginia Tech researchers, as well as researchers from the University of …

Ag Group, Biotech, Chicken, Education, Genetics, International, Poultry, Research, University

Qiagen Pathogen Kit Ensures Swine Health

Lizzy Schultz

New studies performed by QIAGEN show that the recently launched MagAttract 96 cador Pathogen Kit, which is based on the cador family reagents and uses magnetic bead technology, is equivalent in performance to the swine industry’s worldwide recognized gold standard QIAamp Viral RNA Mini Kit in swine oral fluid pathogen DNA and RNA extraction. The addition of the new pathogen …

Animal Health, Biotech, Qiagen, Swine, Technology, Veterinary