The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has awarded an $800,000 Seeding Solutions grant to Applied LifeSciences & Systems (ALS-S), a startup company that is using imaging and robotics technology to develop a device for vaccination of newly hatched chicks. This device is designed to provide an efficient system for high throughput vaccination potentially enhancing bird health, increasing productivity for poultry producers, and reducing the need for antibiotics. The FFAR grant has been matched with funding from Merck Animal Health for a total $1.6 million investment.
The limited precision of current vaccination methods results in an estimated 5-20 percent of chicks left unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and vulnerable to disease. By significantly increasing the rate of successfully vaccinated chicks, this method has potential to provide greater protection against disease and infection.
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