Bayer’s Auckland-based Centre for Innovation and Development (CID) today opened a new research facility, which will play a key part in improving the health of farm and pet animals.
Located at Bayer’s Glenfield site, the facility replaces a smaller laboratory at its Manukau production site.
The new, larger facility, which includes a laboratory, will focus on making veterinary medicines more effective through developing new formulations for the local market and region. It is staffed with an international team of formulation experts, analysts and technicians.
Bayer New Zealand’s head of animal health, Derek Bartlett, says "the facility will make important contributions to improving the health of animals, particularly in the areas of mastitis, reproduction and metabolic health management.
"By improving our research capacity with a new laboratory, we will be able to better meet the growing needs of the animal health market."
Bayer’s CID head Wayne Leech says improving medicines is an important, but often over-looked, means of improving life on the farm.
"This new laboratory demonstrates Bayer’s commitment to providing veterinary solutions to meet the special needs of New Zealand and regional markets.
"For example, we will be looking at how to make medicines last longer in the animal as well as combining two medicines given to an animal separately into a single dose medicine.
"These are both examples of how improving medicines can make life easier for the veterinarian, farmer and ultimately the animal."
Attending the opening ceremony were Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, Bayer ANZ CEO Dr Jackie Applegate and various Bayer global research heads from Europe, including Bayer’s head of global animal health development Dr Douglas Hutchens.
"This new laboratory represents Bayer’s continued commitment to developing veterinary solutions," says Dr Hutchens. "By expanding the work of the Centre for Innovation and Development, we are investing in innovations that will benefit veterinarians and farmers globally."
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