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Excellence awards mark successes in animal health industry

Merial and Pfizer were two companies recognised at the inaugural Animal Health Industry Excellence Awards, held in London earlier this month.

Pfizer took the Animal Health Company of the Year award, while Merial won awards for the Best New Livestock Product for Vaxxitek HVT + IBD, an innovative poultry vaccine that offers immunity against Marek’s and Gumboro diseases, and Best New Equine Veterinary Product for Equioxx/Previcox (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory aimed at equine osteoarthritis. Together with business partner Bioject, Merial also secured the award for the Best Drug Delivery Advance, with PureVax, a feline rabies vaccine that uses needle-free technology developed by Bioject.

UK distribution specialist Centaur Services won the Best Manufacturing/Production Project Award for its application of 2D barcode technology while Indian Immunologicals’s programme to make cattle vaccination affordable and accessible to rural Indian farmers, Operation Pratirodh, won the Corporate Social Responsibility award.

Other industry awards went to:

· Velcera Pharmaceuticals for its licensing deal with NovaDel Pharma over its transmucosal oral spray drug delivery technology (Licensing Deal of the Year)

· Klifovet, a contract research company (Best Supporting Role)

· Genitrix Animal Health and Nutrition (Achievement or Contribution by a Small Business)

The chairman of the International Federation for Animal Health and chief executive of the National Office of Animal Health Philip Sketchley presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Holdsworth, chief executive of the new Australian Animal Health Alliance and a leading force behind the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10002525

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