PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - ImmuCell Corporation (NASDAQ: ICCC) a growing animal health company that is developing, manufacturing and selling products that improve animal health and productivity in the dairy and beef industries, announced today that it has commenced a pivotal effectiveness study designed to test antibodies derived from colostrum utilizing its proprietary technology against a bovine rotavirus challenge. The enrollment of calves for the pivotal effectiveness study is expected to be complete by the end of 2014, making product approval possible in 2015.
The study was initiated at Cornell University during the second quarter of 2014. The underlying rotavirus vaccine technology used to generate the specific antibodies has been licensed exclusively to ImmuCell (the Company) from the Baylor College of Medicine. The Company's commercial objective -- which is subject to review and approval by the USDA -- is to manufacture and market a unique colostrum replacer product with USDA-approved claims against E. coli, coronavirus and rotavirus in addition to Failure of Passive Transfer.
ImmuCell's First Defense®product delivers Immediate Immunity™ to newborn calves against E. coli and coronavirus infections, reducing morbidity and mortality caused by scours (diarrhea). Scours-afflicted calves are compromised for the remainder of their lives, rarely achieving their optimal weight potential and milk production. First Defense® provides maximal protection when used during the first 12 hours after birth in conjunction with good colostrum feeding and calf nutrition programs. ImmuCell hopes to expand its First Defense® product line with the addition of what would be the only product of its kind on the market with claims against E. coli, coronavirus, rotavirus and Failure of Passive Transfer.
Michael F. Brigham, President and CEO of ImmuCell, commented, "We continue to build upon the First Defense® franchise, which has gained solid traction in the marketplace in recent years. Farmers understand the value proposition of our First Defense® product, and it is in our best interest to expand the product line. We have added new regional sales managers in Wisconsin and California because we believe that further growth opportunities exist for First Defense®. We are excited about the possibilities ahead."
ImmuCell Corporation's (NASDAQ: ICCC) purpose is to create scientifically-proven and practical products that improve animal health and productivity in the dairy and beef industries. ImmuCell has developed products that provide significant immediate immunity to newborn dairy and beef livestock. The Company has also developed products that address mastitis, the most significant cause of economic loss to the dairy industry. Press releases and other information about the Company are available at our web-site, (http://www.immucell.com).
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