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Colorado State to open veterinary research lab in partnership with Zoetis


By David Schwartz
Published: August 6th, 2019

Colorado State University has signed a collaboration agreement with Zoetis, a leading animal health company, to establish a research lab at CSU that will explore the livestock immune system and develop new immunotherapies in an effort to create alternatives to antibiotics in food-producing animals.

The new 3,000-square-foot Zoetis Incubator Research Lab will operate at the Research Innovation Center on CSU’s Foothills Campus starting early next year.

Under the agreement, Zoetis scientists will be co-located with CSU’ s scientists and utilize the school’s core laboratories. While the Zoetis lab will reside within CSU’s Research Innovation Center, it will be part of the company’s global R&D organization.

The initial focus of the research will be biotherapeutics for cattle, which could yield broader implications for pigs and poultry.

“Our agreement with Zoetis represents the beginning of an era of collaboration, cooperation and innovation between public and private research leaders, all in the interest of improving animal health,” said Ray Goodrich, executive director of the Infectious Disease Research Center and a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at CSU. 

With few alternatives today for treating life-threatening bacterial infections in animals, Zoetis supports the responsible use of antibiotics in animals and in people, while working to develop new treatments. These include new classes of antibiotics for veterinary use only and novel, non-antibiotic anti-infective treatments like those being pursued as part of the collaboration with CSU.

Zoetis expects to hire up to 20 livestock research scientists, immunologists and cell biologists to staff the lab. “Zoetis is committed to continuous innovation and going where the science is. CSU is at the forefront of infectious disease innovation and animal health research in a vibrant biotech community, making it the ideal environment for our Incubator Research Lab,” said Chad Ray, the company’s senior director of global therapeutics research. 

Source: Bovine Veterinarian

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