MLA seeks part­ners

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Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia is seek­ing part­ners to fur­ther de­velop and com­mer­cialise a range of po­ten­tial so­lu­tions to some of the Aus­tralian red meat and live­stock in­dus­try’s most press­ing prob­lems, in­clud­ing a new vac­cine for Johne’s dis­ease in sheep and cat­tle.

MLA has estab­lished a new com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties web­page, high­light­ing a port­fo­lio of new tech­nolo­gies seek­ing part­ners who are in­ter­ested in com­mer­cial­is­ing the novel tech­nolo­gies.

MLA com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty of­fi­cer Anna Fabrikanov said com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­isted in a range of ar­eas in­clud­ing an­i­mal treat­ments, vac­cines, di­ag­nos­tics, re­mote as­sess­ment, waste re­moval, new en­ergy, ro­bots and ge­netic as­sess­ment.

‘‘MLA has strong agribusi­ness net­works, how­ever we hope that by high­light­ing these op­por­tu­ni­ties we may at­tract new com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion part­ners and in­crease aware­ness of the new com­mer­cial tech­nol­ogy ar­eas we have been collaborating with re­searchers on,’’ Ms Fabrikanov said.

She said among the projects for which part­ners were be­ing sought was the de­vel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of a new vac­cine against Johne’s dis­ease in sheep and cat­tle.

‘‘Johne’s dis­ease is es­ti­mated to cost the in­dus­try ap­prox­i­mately $40 mil­lion per year due to re­duced pro­duc­tion, in­creased mor­tal­ity and strin­gent trad­ing re­stric­tions,’’ Ms Fabrikanov said.

‘‘MLA Donor Com­pany, the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and An­i­mal Health Aus­tralia have iden­ti­fied a novel vac­cine tar­get­ing Johne’s dis­ease.

‘‘Proof of con­cept has been de­vel­oped, an ini­tial trial has been com­pleted in cat­tle, and a pro­vi­sional patent ap­pli­ca­tion has been filed,’’ she said.

Other tech­nolo­gies re­quir­ing com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion part­ners in­clude:

■ A cost-ef­fec­tive pain re­lief pour-on treat­ment for Aus­tralian cat­tle, de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of Queens­land; and

■ A po­ten­tial pre­ven­ta­tive/ treat­ment for peren­nial rye­grass tox­i­c­ity, de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Charles Sturt Univer­sity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.mla.com.au/re­search-and­de­vel­op­ment/fundin­gop­por­tu­ni­ties/com­mer­cial­i­sa­tionop­por­tu­ni­ties/ or phone 0406 428 395. STEERS 10 C Pen­der­gast & Co Mudge­gonga 468 kg .............................................................. 278.0 6 K Wyl­lie Sth Wang 528 kg ............... 268.0 1 J & J Bow­ers Bo­ralma 455 kg ........... 248.0 1 J & J Bow­ers Bo­ralma 405 kg ........... 250.0 6 Bruce Ben­nett Ever­ton 369 kg ......... 230.2 2 D Peter­son Col­len­d­ina 365 kg .......... 225.0 1 M & M Hill Wan­garatta 325 kg .......... 301.2 1 M & M Hill Wan­garatta 350 kg .......... 298.0 3 G & J White Mi­lawa 370 kg ............... 296.0 4 M & G Schreiber Boweya 383 kg ...... 295.2 2 N Ble­witt Mudge­gonga 375 kg ......... 288.2 1 Banks­dale Past Greta 340 kg ........... 266.0 1 G Fiske Docker 915 kg ..................... 210.0 8 Ry­por Sth Wang 653 kg ................... 210.0 4 C Pen­der­gast & Co Mudge­gonga 606 kg.. .............................................................. 207.2 4 Eller­slie Hop Est Myrrhee 570 kg ..... 206.0 1 A & L Wood Mark­wood 980 kg ......... 200.0 1 D Evans Myrrhee 970 kg .................. 200.0

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