October 16, 2019

ERBER Group acquires Brazil-based autogenous vaccines company



ERBER Group, the conglomerate which consists of Biomin, Romer Labs and Sanphar, has announced on October 15 its purchase of IPEVE, a Brazil-based autogenous vaccines and diagnostic services firm.

The acquisition reinforces ERBER Group's animal health unit, SANPHAR, and enhances the group's ability to offer sustainable solutions for animal health with a focus on prevention.

The purchase includes autogenous vaccines and diagnostic services provided by IPEVE, which will become part of SANPHAR.

Autogenous vaccines are an important tool in animal health, particularly when commercial vaccines are not available. Applied to farm animals, autogenous vaccines support sustainable food production and the reduction of antibiotic use. The market for autogenous vaccines is expected to develop rapidly in the future.

Jan Vanbrabant, chairman of the ERBER Group's executive board and acting managing director of SANPHAR, said: "This marks an important step for ERBER Group in the area of animal vaccines. With the addition of IPEVE, SANPHAR doubles its number of employees and reinforces it already strong presence in Brazil. Looking ahead, we have high hopes for our animal health unit in Brazil and beyond."

"We are pleased to welcome IPEVE to the ERBER Group of companies. IPEVE has a well-founded reputation for being a pioneer in Brazil in the field of autogenous vaccines, making it a great fit in our family of companies that lead state-of-the-art innovation to promote food and feed safety," said Erich Erber, founder and chairman of the supervisory board of ERBER Group.

According to Marco Gama, managing director (Latin America) of SANPHAR, "The risk posed by pathogens is dynamic, meaning that new or different threats can emerge in different systems or locations."

Gama added: "...there is a clear need to boost farm animals' immune function with tailor-made solutions. With acquisition of IPEVE, SANPHAR is well-positioned to support safe and sustainable food production going forward. We will explore the synergy between the two businesses to extend additional technical support to our customers."

"We founded IPEVE with a clear vision to deliver research-based, innovative solutions to ensure profitable food production, animal health and food safety. We are confident that this work will continue and make an increasingly important contribution to the food industry and society under the guidance of SANPHAR and ERBER Group," said IPEVE owners Prof. Ronaldo Reis, Prof. Ernane Fagundes do Nascimento and Dr. Hélen Bernadete Coelho Ferreira.

- ERBER Group