AIRDRIE, Alberta – The Canadian government plans to spend C$2.6 million to establish a technology innovation and commercialization center that will develop and produce commercial vaccines and other health-related products for the country's poultry industry. The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency and other poultry industry stakeholders also will contribute to the center.

The funding will enable the Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies to purchase and install specialized equipment needed to establish and operate the center. In addition to animal health, the center will provide western Canadian poultry producers access to advanced diagnostic services, vaccine development and production capabilities.

"The Institute for Applied Poultry Technologies is focused on developing technical solutions and products for the Canadian and global poultry industries," said Dr. Tom Inglis, president of the Institute's board. "By working with an integrated team of scientists, veterinarians, industry experts, producers and the manufacturing sector, the Institute will be an incubator for the development of commercial products, tests and applied science. Together we will help to secure a competitive advantage for Western Canada's poultry industry."