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July 29, 2016 13:09 ET

Mississauga Innovator Developing New Line of Anti-Microbials for Poultry Farms

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 29, 2016) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, today announced an investment of $3.4 million to help AbCelex Technologies develop a new line of anti-microbial feed additives to help control disease outbreaks in poultry flocks.

The company is developing a line of innovative non-antibiotic, non-hormonal additives that are specifically targeted at Campylobacter and Salmonella, two of the most common food-borne bacteria that infect poultry. The new anti-microbials - called "nanobodies" - will result in healthier poultry and improve food safety.

Quick facts

  • AbCelex is a Canadian biotechnology company focused on developing livestock food additives that help improve animal health and food safety.
  • AAFC supports the development and adoption of industry-led initiatives regarding biosecurity and animal care to support the prudent use of antimicrobials. See link below
  • This project will be conducted in collaboration with the International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto and the Colorado Quality Research Inc.
  • Funding for this project comes from the AgriInnovation Program (Research and Development Stream) as part of the Growing Forward 2 agricultural policy framework.


"Our Government is committed to positioning Canada as a global leader for innovation - one that creates well-paying jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. Today's announcement is a prime example of that priority in action: these innovations will reduce the use of antibiotics and result in safer food, a healthier population and a more productive agricultural economy."

- Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"We are very appreciative to be a recipient of this important funding. With this visionary contribution and other strategic investments, AbCelex Technologies is well positioned to advance its platform technology and develop next-generation biological products needed for improved human health and a reduction in healthcare costs as a result of food contamination."

- Dr. Saeid Babaei, President & CEO of AbCelex Technologies

Additional links

AgriInnovation Program

AbCelex Technologies

Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use in Canada: Building on the Federal Framework for Action

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario