Advanced Animal Diagnostics secures innovation award

Animal Pharm News

August 30, 2012

Joseph Harvey

Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD) has won the inaugural Innovation Award at the 2012 Animal Health Investment Forum in Kansas City, Missouri.

The firm was selected from a group of 13 companies that were presenting at the Forum by a panel of industry experts. AAD’s president and chief executive Joy Parr Drach accepted a cheque for $2,500 from Jeff Boily, the president and chief executive of the Center for Animal Health Innovation.

Morrisville, North Carolina-based AAD is currently developing on-farm diagnostic tests. The most advanced of its technology platforms uses differential cell counts to identify white cell blood cell types that have a role in fighting animal infection.

The award was focused on the best presentation carried out by the 13 firms, who were attending the Forum to raise their profiles in the animal health investment community and reach out to potential partners.

Ms Parr Drach’s speech to the delegates began with: “By the time I finish this presentation, the dairy industry will have lost $1 million.”

This presentation caught the eye of the Forum’s judging panel which included: Mr Boily; Jake Halliday, president and chief executive of the University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator; Kostas Kontopanos, president at Hill’s Pet Nutrition US; Mike Peck, managing partner at Open Prairie Ventures; Steven St Peter, chairman of Kansas City-based animal health drug development firm Aratana Therapeutics; Rick Vaughn, vice president at the Business Development Enterprise Center of Johnson County and Craig Wallace, chief executive of Ceva – the US operations of French company Ceva Santé Animale.

Animal Pharm was present at the event. Visit soon for full coverage of the Forum.