Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY), today announced the company will purchase the Titanium® and Master Guard® brands from AgriLabs®. These well-known cattle vaccine brands will complement Elanco’s growing vaccine portfolio, including the recently approved Viralign™ 6, the only modified-live combination vaccine to protect against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus 1b, which is now the most predominant BVD virus strain in the United States.
Elanco will continue to deliver these highly respected brands in the same manner producers have come to expect and will work closely with AgriLabs to ensure a seamless transition. Elanco will support all 2013 programs and pricing, and customers should continue to place orders through existing channels.
“At Elanco, we are committed to providing innovative solutions to enhance food production and companion animal care. We are pleased our growing vaccine portfolio and pipeline will offer Elanco customers a broader array of options to better meet their specific needs for disease prevention,” said Jeff Simmons, president, Elanco. “This is another example of our effort to provide Elanco customers with greater value.”
In the next few decades, global population is expected to exceed 9 billion, and 3 billion will move into the middle class, the fastest middle class growth in our history. With the growing affluence, will come a 60 percent increase in demand for meat, milk and eggs, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
“With beef stocks at all-time lows and demand outpacing dairy supply globally, we must continue to provide innovative solutions that will help producers increase the affordability and availability of animal protein,” said Rob Aukerman, president U.S. operations at Elanco. “We have diversified our portfolio and sources of innovation to deliver more options and solutions to our customers.”
AgriLabs is a leading animal health, sales and marketing organization with distribution throughout the United States. Through technology transfer and cooperative development agreements, AgriLabs has introduced state-of-the-art products for beef, dairy and companion animal industries. The wholly owned ProLabs® division focuses on new product development of companion animal products into the over-the-counter channel. The VaxLiant™ company is a joint venture with Benchmark Biolabs designed to modernize how vaccines deliver antigens to prevent disease with its ENABL™ and Biomize™ adjuvants.
Elanco is a global, innovation-driven company that develops and markets products to improve animal health and protein production in more than 75 countries. Elanco employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, with offices in more than 40 countries, and is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a leading global pharmaceutical corporation.
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers – through medicines and information – for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about Lilly’s investments in the Titanium and Master Guard brands. This release reflects Lilly's current beliefs, assuming that the transaction is successfully closed. However, as with any such undertaking, there are substantial risks and uncertainties in the process of implementing these types of transactions, and there is no guarantee Lilly will realize the expected benefits of the investment. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see Lilly's latest Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements.
For Viralign 6:
The label contains complete use information, including cautions and warnings. Always read, understand and follow the label and use directions.
Precautions: Do not vaccinate pregnant cows or calves nursing pregnant cows, since abortions may occur. Do not vaccinate within 21 days of slaughter.
For vaccination of healthy cattle five months of age or older.
Dose: 2 mL subcutaneous in the side of neck. See insert for full instructions.