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Bendigo central to animal vaccine developments


Bendigo is set to become a national hub for vaccine development to improve animal health, thanks to new Victorian Government funding.

Apiam Animal Health received funding through the Regional Jobs Fund to build a new state-of-the-art vaccine laboratory.

The new lab will be constructed on land adjacent to the company’s Piper Lane headquarters and will manufacture custom or autogenous viral vaccines to fill a critical gap in the market, which has few Australian manufacturers.

Apiam currently manufactures autogenous vaccines for bacterial diseases in pigs, poultry and cattle where existing market failures occur or no commercial vaccine is available. The company is collaborating with La Trobe University researchers who have developed new technology to allow for safe and rapid vaccine production.

The new laboratory will also enable Apiam to increase export of vaccines for the international market and is expected to create 40 new full-time local jobs, with most to be based in Bendigo, almost doubling the total local workforce to almost 100.

Autogenous vaccines are designed to combat a range of diseases affecting livestock and play an important role in reducing the widespread use of preventative medications in stockfeed.

The new laboratory is expected to be completed in 2025 and will meet the highest biosecurity standards, incorporating a series of self-contained modular laboratories.

Apiam is the largest veterinary services provider to the Australian livestock industry. Nationally, it operates more than 70 veterinary clinics, diagnostic and vaccine laboratories, genetic centres and ancillary services.

The Regional Jobs Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and helps councils to build the infrastructure locals need. For more information, refer to the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

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