AVANT and BIOMIN join forces to promote the health of piglets by 2025

AVANT – Alternatives to Veterinary ANTimicrobials launches a new series of blog articles to introduce the consortium partners and the people working hard for the implementation of the project. Who are those partners, how do they contribute in the project and what is their opinion about AVANT?

Profile of BIOMIN

BIOMIN (www.biomin.net) is a research-oriented company whose task is to improve animal health and the economic production of animals with them headquarter located in Getzersdorf (Austria) and the ISO 9001:2015 accredited BIOMIN Research Center situated in Tulln (Austria).

BIOMIN’s core business is the development and manufacturing of innovative and natural feed additives for animal husbandry to ensure a profitable and sustainable food system. To increase gut performance, BIOMIN offers feed additives based on probiotic strains (e. g. multi-species synbiotic product for poultry), plant-derived substances or ingredients for mycotoxin inactivation. Products of BIOMIN are distributed among clients in the poultry, swine, cattle and aquaculture sectors are located in more than 100 countries worldwide by own subsidiaries or through distribution partners. In October 2020, Royal DSM, the Dutch pioneer in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, acquired BIOMIN and its parent company ERBER Group.

BIOMIN’s microbiology and molecular biology specialists have long experience in the isolation and characterization of microorganisms and established various test systems to monitor alterations of the gut microbiota composition, intestinal integrity, gut morphology or local immune response in livestock. In addition, a dedicated research group at the BIOMIN Research Center focuses on the development, optimization and up-scaling of bioprocesses.

BIOMIN contributes to animal health and sustainability

As a pioneer in animal feed additives, BIOMIN harness the power of science to support animal health and performance. By applying state-of-the-art and proprietary technology the core target is to deliver natural, sustainable and profitable solutions to the livestock industry. For over 30 years BIOMIN has pioneered innovative solutions for mycotoxin risk management and gut performance. BIOMIN’S in-house R&D program at the BIOMIN Research Center is staffed by over 100 scientific researchers and supported by eight Centres for Applied Animal Nutrition and a research network of 200 academic and research institutions globally.

Role of BIOMIN in AVANT

Within the AVANT consortium, BIOMIN is further developing its multi-species synbiotic feed additive technology for pigs. BIOMIN is involved in the development and testing of gut microbiome modulators, optimising feed additives to prevent post-weaning diarrhoea in piglets on the basis of synbiotic products.

Profile of Dr. Verity-Ann Sattler

Dr. Verity Ann Sattler (https://www.linkedin.com/in/verity-ann-sattler-82760459/) studied Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Vienna. During her Master´s and Doctoral studies at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology (Department of Agrobiotechnology), she developed molecular techniques to investigate the effect of pro- and prebiotics on the gut microbiota in piglets and broilers. In 2012, she joined the R&D team of BIOMIN, where she implemented next generation sequencing based methods to characterize the animals gut microbiome and to determine gut health related effects of natural feed additives. Currently, she is leading an internal research project on the development of a probiotic product to improve gut health and performance of piglets.

Dr. Verity-Ann Sattler in AVANT

Commenting on the AVANT project, Verity observed, “Piglet scours is a costly, multi-factorial challenge. Pig producers need an expanded set of natural and innovative tools in order to successfully move away from the application of antimicrobials and zinc, which are associated with several drawbacks. Within the Alternatives to Veterinary ANTimicrobials project, BIOMIN will test a novel feed additive that we’ve developed to promote good gut health in swine using state-of-the art tools and techniques, including -Omics technologies and bioinformatics”.

Click here to access the full interview from Dr. Verity Ann Sattler (Research Associate in BIOMIN).

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