August 8, 2017
Chinese animal vaccine firm Jinyu Bio-technology opens in Kansas
China's largest animal vaccine company, Jinyu Bio-technology Co Ltd, is set to open its first US facilities-a research lab and offices-in the Kansas State University Office Park, which is the world's largest concentration of animal health companies and located at the north side of the Manhattan, Kansas, campus, China Daily USA reported.
Kimberly Young, president of the KC Animal Health Corridor said that with more than 300 animal-health companies within the KC (Kansas City) Animal Health Corridor, Manhattan, Kansas and Kansas State University "are at the forefront of animal health research that is relevant to the Chinese animal agriculture industry and the world".
Manhattan is also home to many world-renowned scientists in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Biosecurity Research Institute and the future National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, Jinyu Chairman Chongyu Zhang on the importance of Jinyu Bio-technology's new facilities in Manhattan.
Jinyu's main products include foot and mouth disease vaccines for pigs and cattle, vaccines for classical swine fever, porcine circovirus, and other commercial vaccines for pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry, according to Jishu Shi, director of the US-China Center for Animal Health and a professor at Kansas State University.
The company has three subsidiaries in China: Jiyubaoling Biopharmaceutical Co. in Hohhot, Youbang Biopharmaceutical Co. in Yangzhou and Yikang Biological Co. in Liaoning province.
Shi said Jinyu wants to strengthen its capabilities in animal vaccine research and development (R&D).
"(The lab) will focus on the R&D of animal vaccines, diagnostic assays and clinical training materials for veterinarians in China. It will hire four to six scientists in the next two to three years", he said, according to the news report.
Kimberly Young, president of the KC Animal Health Corridor, said that although Jinyu is the first Chinese animal health company to locate in the Corridor, there are several international animal health firms that have set up shop in it. These include companies from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal, India, Belgium, Ireland, and Germany, she said.
"Since the inception of the corridor in 2006, 52 new companies have relocated to the region and many existing companies have continued to invest and expand", she said.
She said Kansas State University-with its high-profile agriculture and veterinary medicine schools—may provide Jinyu with an ideal platform for partnerships.
"We fully expect partnerships to develop with Kansas State University faculty to promote real-world application and discovery.
"Additionally, there will be opportunities for Jinyu to build relationships with other animal health companies located in the region", said Young.