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Avivagen Announces the Publication of its New Zealand OxC-betaTM Livestock Dairy Trial for Use Against Sub-Clinical Mastitis
Ottawa, ON / Business Wire / February 18, 2021 / – Avivagen Inc. (TSXV:VIV) (“Avivagen”), a life sciences corporation focused on developing and commercializing products for livestock, companion animal and human applications that enhance feed intake and safely support immune function, thereby supporting general health and performance, is pleased to announce that a paper “Evaluation of fully oxidized beta-carotene as a feed ingredient to reduce bacterial infection and somatic cell counts in cows with subclinical mastitis” reporting an independent trial conducted in New Zealand by Dr. Scott McDougall has been accepted for publication in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. A preprint of the paper is available at: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.12.335463v1.full
Avivagen previously reported the positive outcome of the trial to shareholders in a press release on February 24, 2020. The two seminal findings of the trial were that treatment with OxC-beta:
- Resulted in a 100% increase in the number of udder-quarters testing negative for the presence of bacteria in milk at the end of the 42-day study.
- Significantly reduced the number of udder-quarters that progressed from subclinical to full clinical mastitis.
The New Zealand Veterinary Journal (NZVJ) is an international journal publishing high quality peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of veterinary science. It ranks in the top 25% of veterinary science journals in the world. The acceptance and publication of the manuscript in NZVJ provides scientific validation of the trial and its findings which is important to Avivagen’s customers.
Avivagen has already successfully leveraged the results of the New Zealand trial with dairy customers in Mexico leading to a multi-tonne order of OxC-beta. Publication in the peer-reviewed NZVJ will further increase the value of the results with potential customers in several important dairy markets around the world.
Mastitis is one of the costliest diseases for treatment in the dairy industry, as animals infected with mastitis must be treated by antibiotics, requiring that the infected dairy cows be removed from milk production until fully healthy in order to ensure that their milk does not contain antibiotics.
Avivagen is a life sciences corporation focused on developing and commercializing products for livestock, companion animal and human applications. By unlocking an overlooked facet of ?-carotene activity, a path has been opened to safely and economically support immune function, thereby promoting general health and performance in animals. Avivagen is a public corporation traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol VIV and on the OTCQB Exchange in the U.S. under the symbol VIVXF, and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, based in partnership facilities of the National Research Council of Canada and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit www.avivagen.com. The contents of the website are expressly not incorporated by reference in this press release.
About OxC-beta™ Technology and OxC-beta™ Livestock
Avivagen’s OxC-beta™ technology is derived from Avivagen discoveries about ?-carotene and other carotenoids, compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their bright colours. Through support of immune function the technology provides a non-antibiotic means of promoting health and growth. OxC-beta™ Livestock is a proprietary product shown to be an effective and economic alternative to the antibiotics commonly added to livestock feeds. The product is currently available for sale in the United States, Philippines, Taiwan, New Zealand, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.
Avivagen’s OxC-beta™ Livestock product is safe, effective and could fulfill the global mandate to remove all in-feed antibiotics as growth promoters. Numerous international livestock trials with poultry and swine using OxC-beta™ Livestock have proven that the product performs as well as, and, sometimes, in some aspects, better than in-feed antibiotics.
Forward Looking Statements
This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon the current expectations of management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties associated with the business of Avivagen Inc. and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions “aim”, “anticipate”, “appear”, “believe”, “consider”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “if”, “intend”, “goal”, “hope”, “likely”, “may”, “plan”, “possibly”, “potentially”, “pursue”, “seem”, “should”, “whether”, “will”, “would” and similar expressions. Statements set out in this news release relating to the future plans of Avivagen’s customers and the potential for additional and/or increased orders from such customers, Avivagen’s expectations as to growth of its branding in certain jurisdictions, continued distribution and acceptance of Avivagen’s technology, anticipated growth in demand for Avivagen’s products, the potential for Avivgen’s products to be commercialized in human applications, the anticipated date of fulfillment for the order described, the possibility for OxCbeta ™ Livestock to replace antibiotics in livestock feeds as well as fill a critical need for health support in certain livestock applications where antibiotics are precluded and the size of market opportunities are all forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. For instance, the order described may not result in new orders for Avivagen’s products, the customer plans may change due to many reasons, demand for Avivagen’s products may not continue to grow and could decline, Avivagen’s brand recognition may not increase as anticipated or could be impacted by negative events, Avivagen’s products may not gain market acceptance or regulatory approval in new jurisdictions or for new applications, including human applications, and may not be widely accepted as a replacement for antibiotics in livestock feeds, new market access may not occur in the timeline or manner expected by Avivagen, timing of fulfillment of the order may be delayed beyond current expectation for a number of reasons which would push fulfillment and recognition of revenues for this order into a future quarter and the market opportunities may not be as large as Avivagen anticipates, in each case due to many factors, many of which are outside of Avivagen’s control. Readers are referred to the risk factors associated with the business of Avivagen set out in Avivagen’s most recent management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition available at www.SEDAR.com. Except as required by law, Avivagen assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.
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