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Pfizer Aims To Boost Animal Health Research With European Partnership

European partnership allows Pfizer to focus on animal health research.

University of Edinburgh Principal Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea (left) shakes hands with Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Animal Health area president for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Pacific, during the launch of Pfizer’s and Easter Bush Research Consortium’s new partnership.

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Pfizer Animal Health of New York reported today that it has partnered with the Easter Bush Research Consortium in an effort to find better ways of preventing and managing disease and advance sustainable animal agriculture and welfare.

The Easter Bush Research Consortium—consisting of the U.K.’s Moredun Research Institute, The Roslin Institute and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Agricultural College—investigates the health, welfare and development of companion and food production animals.

The partnership is backed by about $2 million in funding over five years.

“This new collaboration will bring together many of the research leaders in the animal world, backed by an unrivalled resource,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Animal Health area president for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Pacific. “The potential for increasing our knowledge and improving our ability to manage animal health and welfare issues is very exciting. The time when industry could research and develop its own ideas and products in isolation is coming to an end; the future of animal health and welfare lies in multi-disciplinary collaboration with external partners who share the same vision.”

Specifically, the collaboration aims to advance educational activities and promote veterinarians in postgraduate study and research; support early stage research, technologies and capability platforms; and promote multi-disciplinary research teams, with contributions from different participating organizations.

Projects will cover all the major food production and companion animal species and include vaccines, immunology, infectious diseases, parasitology, proteomics, genetics, genomics, antigenomics, target identification, clinical models and comparative translational medicine.

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