Guardian Biotechnologies is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is managed by Jim MacPherson, Chief Science Officer. Its laboratory and offices are housed in the National Research Counsel of Canada's Plant Biotechnology Institute.
The company is developing a vaccine for the treatment of a number of serious poultry diseases including coccidiosis. Caused by a family of parasites coccidiosis results in severe intestinal damage to young chicks followed by reduced weight gain, delay in maturity and often death. It is estimated that coccidiosis causes the poultry industry approximately US $1.5 billion in annual losses. A unique feature of Guardian's vaccine includes in-ovo administration, in contrast to the current industry treatment methods of spray cabinet or in-feed application of anticoccidial drugs or recombinant vaccines.
The development of a vaccine that provides broad spectrum protection against coccidiosis, cost advantages over vaccines produced from live parasites and existing drug therapies as well as dealing with drug resistance is well advanced. Guardian is pursuing live bird trial collaborations with large animal health companies in 2010.
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