A high throughput automated vaccine delivery system could ensure that chicks are vaccinated on the day of hatch, resulting in birds with better immunity against disease without the need for antibiotics or chemicals.
“The poultry industry faces an $11 billion loss each year due to diseases and non-optimum processes for health inspection and gender identification. With the removal of antibiotics and chemicals from poultry, diseases such as coccidiosis increase mortality from 200%,” Ramin Karimpour, CEO and founder, Applied LifeSciences & Systems, said during the Virtual Poultry Tech Summit 2020.
“Our system is simply a high-tech advanced vaccine delivery system, which with precision targeting assures that each and every bird is vaccinated.”
Studies have shown that effective vaccination can improve food conversion in poultry, improving flock efficiency and performance.
Conveyer belt technology
The precision technology uses a conveyer belt system to humanely deliver microdoses of vaccines to the day-old chicks.
“Using high-speed imaging, artificial intelligence, robotics and microfluidics, we can vaccinate 100,000 chicks per hour with a 95% vaccination rate expected. That will provide poultry producers with the capability of eliminating or majorly reducing the use of antibiotics or chemicals,” explained Karimpour.
Current methods to vaccinate chicks are only 20-55% effective, he said.
Also, in development is a new technology that uses machine vision and artificial intelligence to sex chicks based on their feathers.
Applied LifeSciences & Systems has a strategic partnership with Merck Animal Health, who also serves as one of their main investors. The company is looking for new investors and to identify third-party manufacturers so they can begin scaling up.
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