MLA seeks partners

By Country News

Meat & Livestock Australia is seeking partners to further develop and commercialise a range of potential solutions to some of the Australian red meat and livestock industry’s most pressing problems, including a new vaccine for Johne’s disease in sheep and cattle.

MLA has established a new commercialisation opportunities webpage, highlighting a portfolio of new technologies seeking partners who are interested in commercialising the novel technologies.

MLA commercialisation and intellectual property officer Anna Fabrikanov said commercialisation opportunities existed in a range of areas including animal treatments, vaccines, diagnostics, remote assessment, waste removal, new energy, robots and genetic assessment.

‘‘MLA has strong agribusiness networks, however we hope that by highlighting these opportunities we may attract new commercialisation partners and increase awareness of the new commercial technology areas we have been collaborating with researchers on,’’ Ms Fabrikanov said.

She said among the projects for which partners were being sought was the development and commercialisation of a new vaccine against Johne’s disease in sheep and cattle.

‘‘Johne’s disease is estimated to cost the industry approximately $40million per year due to reduced production, increased mortality and stringent trading restrictions,’’ Ms Fabrikanov said.

‘‘MLA Donor Company, the University of Sydney and Animal Health Australia have identified a novel vaccine targeting Johne’s disease.

‘‘Proof of concept has been developed, an initial trial has been completed in cattle, and a provisional patent application has been filed,’’ she said.

Other technologies requiring commercialisation partners include:

■A cost-effective pain relief pour-on treatment for Australian cattle, developed in partnership with the University of Queensland; and

■A potential preventative/treatment for perennial rye-grass toxicity, developed in partnership with Charles Sturt University.

■For more information, visit: or phone 0406 428 395.