CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canadian livestock could soon have access to a healthier alternative for antibiotics through animal feed supplements, thanks to an investment made in an Alberta business by the Government of Canada. The announcement was made by Tony Clement, Minister of Industry.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," Clement said. "This investment will help Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. develop, manufacture and market healthy animal feed supplements."

Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. will receive $271,177 (US$263,897) from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program to gain a better understanding of the optimal level of supplementation of dietary nucleotides in swine, poultry, aquaculture and dairy-cattle diets. The project involves measuring basic health and immune indices, developing data to support marketing efforts and conducting growth performance trials.

Canada's Economic Action Plan provided new resources of $200 million (US$195 million) to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program over two years to support innovative Canadian firms.

Established in 1984, Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. develops and manufactures products utilized in feed, food and industrial applications. Custom formulation and product design, coupled with assay technology and continuous research and development, enables the company to tailor specific mixtures and application procedures for unique practices around the world.

The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities throughout Canada.