MERIAL Takes Avian Business to New Dimension

    Expanded service offering combines vaccines with latest delivery
    - an added value for customers

    DULUTH, Ga., Jan. 8 /CNW/ -- MERIAL Limited has grown its avian business
by becoming the exclusive distributor and technical service provider of the
innovative in ovo injection systems of AviTech, LLC.  As a result, Merial can
now offer world-wide poultry customers its portfolio of avian vaccines
together with the latest in ovo technology.
    Merial is one of the largest global avian vaccines companies.  It has a
long-standing commitment to the poultry industry and, through close ties with
producers, has developed extensive expertise to serve customers.  Merial is a
leader in the production of vaccines for the treatment of prevalent diseases,
such as Marek's Disease and Infectious Bursal Disease, that are especially
suitable for in ovo administration.  Merial already supports its vaccine
operations through the development and service of administration devices;
these activities are now complemented by its exclusive distribution of
AviTech's IntelliJect(R) and ManualJect(TM) in ovo injection systems.
    Said Merial's Global Head of Avian, Alain Wille: "Merial has long
recognized the value of working with the industry to make our products
available conveniently and efficiently.  The in ovo route is becoming ever
more important and we are delighted to partner with AviTech.  The key to our
future success will be ensuring our customers reap the benefits of combining
vaccines and delivery technology in one package.  A major factor here will be
our ability to provide a single interface for technical aspects of our
vaccines and the equipment that administers them."
    Said AviTech President, Rafael Correa:  "The synergies of AviTech's high
quality engineered solutions and Merial's remarkable product and service
reputation will provide the industry the quality performance it needs now more
than ever."
    About Merial
    Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company,
providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being
and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs more than 5,400
people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2008 sales were
more than  $2.6 billion. Merial Limited is a joint venture between Merck &
Co., Inc. and sanofi-aventis.  For more information, please see
    About AviTech
    AviTech ( is a poultry equipment manufacturer that
provides engineered solutions for the poultry industry.  AviTech has gained
rapid popularity by utilizing the latest technology and implementing
innovative, user friendly designs in its equipment.  AviTech's current leading
equipment line consists of the IntelliJect(R) and ManualJect(TM) systems.
    About in ovo technology
    Automated in ovo technology is quickly becoming a standard procedure for
broiler vaccination in the hatchery thereby offering improved biosecurity,
greater consistency in dosage delivery of the vaccine, and superior cost
effectiveness.  Vaccine manufacturers today are looking to develop their new
products to be administered via the in ovo method.
    IntelliJect(R) is a technologically advanced in ovo injection system
designed for medium to large hatcheries.  It utilizes high precision
manufacturing to deliver a fully automated in ovo injection and transfer
    ManualJect(TM) features the same in ovo injection benefits as
IntelliJect(R); however the transfer is done manually allowing the system to
be more affordable for small hatcheries.
    IntelliJect(R) and ManualJect(TM) are registered or registration pending
trademarks of AviTech, LLC in the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Natasha Joseph, Merial, USA, +1-678-638-3681,; Philip Connolly, Merial, UK, +44 1279 775846, Web Site:       

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