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A NEW lab in East Bendigo will fill a gap in the agricultural market when it begins producing viral vaccines to fight diseases that currently have no solutions. The new laboratory will be managed by Apiam Animal Health and is expected to be built next to the company’s headquarters in Pipers Lane. Construction is expected to be completed by 2025. Apiam will be one of the few companies in Australia to manufacture personalized, autogenous viral vaccines. Read more: Bendigo Bushmasters could soon fire cruise missiles Apiam Animal Health chief executive Chris Richards says the new lab will increase the company’s ability to deliver more animal health solutions to protect the Victorian farming. “It’s quite important. This lab is being built to make vaccines against diseases for which there is currently no vaccine solution,” he said. “We receive emerging viruses that occur in our animal health industry. This production facility will be able to rapidly manufacture vaccines for these viruses.” for some farmers. “When animals get sick and there is no solution, (farmers) take it personally. People who work on farms care a lot about animals and they need solutions.” Currently, Apiam manufactures autogenous vaccines against bacterial diseases in pigs, poultry and cattle where there are gaps in the market or no commercial vaccines are available. Read more: Federal budget winners and losers Autogenous vaccines are designed to combat a range of diseases affecting livestock and help reduce the widespread use of preventative drugs in livestock feed. “At this site, (there is currently) a distribution centre. So we will have viral vaccine production here close to our distribution center which already distributes vaccines throughout Australia. “We already have a facility of vaccines which makes vaccines against bacteria, but these are viruses. “There is certainly a need in the industry against existing viruses, particularly Japanese encephalitis, which is having an effect in the Victoria region. Our goal is to get this facility built as quickly as possible to help our farmers. ” Regional Development and Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said the company would provide $700,000 to the project through the state government’s Regional Jobs Fund. “This state-of-the-art facility will enable the local manufacture of vaccines to prevent biosecurity risks and better protect animals against outbreaks of viral diseases,” said Minister of Regional Development and Agriculture, Mary-Anne Thomas. “This project supports the sustainability and growth of agricultural businesses in the Victoria region, while creating dozens of local jobs. The agricultural sector is vital. increase the export of vaccines for the international market. It is planned to create 40 new full-time jobs thanks to the laboratory. “We are really excited to create jobs and opportunities in Bendigo,” Ms Thomas said. “Bendigo is already home to so many veterinary services, clinics and industries, we are excited to invest in high value-added, state-of-the-art manufacturing that creates 40 new jobs.” Apiam works in conjunction with La Trobe University and brings the best scientific research with business know-how to offer our farmers.” Apiam operates more than 70 veterinary clinics, diagnostic and vaccine laboratories, genetics centers and related services. It is the largest provider of veterinary services of the country for the Australian livestock industry. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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