SOURCE: AgraQuest


January 27, 2010 13:35 ET

AgraQuest Introduces Novel Direct Feed Microbial for Poultry

SYMPATIC™ Direct Feed Microbial Marks AgraQuest's First Product Introduction Into Animal Health and Nutrition Market

DAVIS, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2010) - AgraQuest Inc. announced today the launch of SYMPATIC™, a feed additive based on its patented, natural active ingredient Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713.

Kicking off the launch of SYMPATIC at the 2010 International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, AgraQuest sees the new product as an excellent fit for discriminating poultry producers, bringing added value to their nutrition programs.

"SYMPATIC is designed to bring balance to poultry microflora," said Dr. Michael Miille, President of AgraQuest. "Additionally, it has been formulated to be compatible and complementary to common nutrition and health management practices, making it an excellent alternative to antibiotic growth promoters."

As a feed additive, SYMPATIC delivers live QST 713 spores to birds' digestive tracts where they germinate, producing high levels of distinct secondary metabolites. These spores and metabolites help maintain a healthy microflora by stimulating lactic acid-producing bacteria and minimizing pathogen interactions with the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in more efficient production without the use of growth promoting antibiotics.

Results of controlled feeding studies with respected investigators have been commercially compelling, including in disease-challenged models. Additionally, the SYMPATIC product's formulation is heat and pressure tolerant, making it easily incorporated into feed like other conventional treatments.

"Given these attributes, we are confident leading producers and distribution partners around the globe will value the consistent return on investment SYMPATIC delivers," said Miille.

Based on the same patented technology that gave the world its first commercially successful and dependable foliar biofungicide/bactericide, SYMPATIC is the first product introduced by AgraQuest into the animal health and nutrition market through its BioInnovations Division.

About AgraQuest, Inc.

AgraQuest is a biotechnology company that focuses on discovering, developing, manufacturing and marketing highly effective pest management products for agricultural, institutional and home markets. The company has a large portfolio of its own proprietary products, but also actively in-licenses technology that fits into its low chem portfolio. As a leader in the emerging low chem sector, AgraQuest works to provide growers with solutions that offer best in class control while reducing the chemical load on the environment. The Agrochemical division of AgraQuest offers a global portfolio of products -- recognized as safer to beneficials, workers, and the environment -- that includes SERENADE®, SERENADE® Garden, RHAPSODY®, SONATA® and BALLAD® fungicides and BARITONE® and REQUIEM® insecticides. AgraQuest's BioInnovations division provides the company an avenue to take biological and low-chemical technology created for the agriculture industry and discover innovative uses for it in related markets. The BioInnovations division identifies both appropriate market segments and opportunities for AgraQuest's intellectual property, while seeking industry leaders in ancillary markets to partner in the commercialization and distribution process. AgraQuest has received several environmental awards including the Presidential Green Chemistry Award from the U.S. EPA for the discovery and commercialization of SERENADE. For more information visit