Entrepreneurs seek to bring new products to veterinarians and the animal health market
Animal Health Investment Forum participants look for backers for innovation.
Oct 01, 2013
At the KC Animal Health Investment Forum, nervous developers speak to curious investors about products that may exist only in a lab but that could revolutionize veterinary medicine and other animal health industries.
At this year's forum, which took place Aug. 27 in conjunction with CVC Kansas City, startup companies pitched their dreams. Here are some of the highlights:
> An equine monitoring device—wireless, noninvasive and monitored remotely—worn on a horse's foot or ankle that tracks blood pressure, pulse, hydration, respiration and blood volume. The device was adapted from Department of Defense technology used to monitor soldiers' health.
> Disease-modifying drugs based on recombinant proteins adapted from products being used in human medicine. In active development are a canine erythropoietin to treat nonregenerative anemia and a B-cell-depleting monoclonal antibody to treat atopic dermatitis, lymphoma and type 1 diabetes.
> Agricultural LED lighting that recreates the spectrum chickens or other animals actually see, resulting in energy savings and increased production, developers say.
> Non-allergenic equine protective gear fashioned from Latex and neoprene. These boots and hoof wraps are technologically advanced, developers say, protecting joints without introducing other problems such as heat damage, allergies and mechanical injuries.