The Experts in Animal Health

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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for December 29, 2023
Copyright © Brakke Consulting.
Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA
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KEEPING THE INDUSTRY INFORMED SINCE 1999

As we ended 2022 and looked ahead to 2023, we wondered if the US economy would enter into a recession.  And here we are looking ahead to 2024, wondering if the recession will happen this year.  We can look at interest rates, energy prices, money supply and still not be sure of a soft or hard landing.  Like I mentioned last year, the animal health industry is resilient, and we will drive our way through another year.

This last edition of News & Notes summarizes the things that happened in 2023 that we covered each week throughout the year.  From acquisitions, mergers, company news, launches, approvals and deals, you’ll be reminded of what happened.  You can find all the newsletters here if you’d like more detail on a noteworthy item.

Thanks should go to two members of our team.  Dr. Lynn Fondon has been the editor of the News & Notes for 24 years and succinctly curates the news items for our readers every week.  And Amanda McDavid pulls it all together and gets it out to you every Friday.  Thanks to both of you for publishing a terrific newsletter.

More thanks are due.  First, thanks to all our clients and customers and we hope that we have made your business better, more profitable, and more competitive.  Second, thanks to all the Brakke Consultants for another great year.  It is a pleasure to work with a team of industry professionals with the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge they have.  And we welcomed three new consultants to the team in 2023, Lourens Havenga, Rich Hayworth and Mauri Moreira, who all add to the breadth and depth of our consulting team.

Finally, thanks to you, our News & Notes readers and we hope our weekly newsletter has helped you do what you do better.  So, let’s not worry if the landing is going to be soft or hard, let’s do better in 2024 than we did last year.   Just takes drive.

Bob Jones

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BRAKKE CONSULTING
Announcing the 2024 Brakke Industry Overview

 Presented at VMX: Monday, January 15th, 2-4 pm, Hyatt Regency, Orlando Ballroom N
Presented at WVC: Monday, February 19th, 2-4 pm, Four Seasons Hotel- Acacia Ballroom 1

How did the top animal health companies perform in 2023?  And what critical issues will impact industry performance in 2024?  Answers to these questions and more will be covered at Brakke Consulting’s annual Industry Overview at the VMX and WVC conferences next year.  Key topics and presenters include:

  • Industry and top global company performance, presented by Bob Jones
  • What 2023 looked like in vet practices and with pets, presented by John Volk
  • An overview of the post-COVID home delivery channel for pet medications including results from the new Pet Medicines Home Delivery Study, presented by Rich Hayworth
  • With recent advancements in technology-related products in livestock production and pet care, where is the value and what are the risks? presented by Lourens Havenga

Also, again at both events, you will be able to hear directly from a panel of top leaders in the animal health industry.  Moderated by Paul Casady, the topic for the panel will be “Opportunities and Challenges in 2024.” The panel for VMX and WVC will be announced soon.

This information-packed 2-hour session will be especially valuable for executive leadership, sales and marketing, strategy, and finance managers and for decision makers in the animal health industry.

Click here to register for VMX

Click here to register for WVC

You can also email Amanda McDavid or call at 336-396-3916. Registration cost is $399; there are discounts for multiple attendees from the same company.  We look forward to seeing you there!

www.BrakkeConsulting.com

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ACQUISITIONS, MERGERS, NEW COMPANIES:

January

  • Arlington Capital Partners acquires Charles River Laboratories’ Avian Vaccine Services business
  • Barkleigh Productions acquires National Dog Groomers Association of America
  • Butterfly acquires Milk Specialties Global
  • Mitsui & Co acquires all shares in Sumitomo Pharma Animal Health
  • Novus acquires Agrivida
  • PetMexExpress acquires PetCareRx
  • Wag! acquires Dog Food Advisor
  • Woolworths Group acquires majority stake in Australia-based Petspiration

February

  • Beach Point Capital acquires a controlling stake in Wet Noses
  • Nestle Purina PetCare acquires Red Collar Pet Food’s pet treat facility in Oklahoma
  • Nutreco acquires a minority stake in BiomEdit
  • Scholtus Group acquires Big Creek Foods
  • United Pet Food acquires a stake in Turkey-based Lider Pet Food
  • Voff acquires Netherlands-based Energique raw food producer

March

  • Akorn Pharmaceuticals files for chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Earthwise acquires Loyal Biscuit
  • LexaGene Holdings files for chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Natural Balance merges with Canidae
  • Paramount acquires 4 online retailers (Fetch, Medic Animal, Pet Supermarket, Pet Meds) and 2 pet food brands (Bob & Lush, K9 Choice) from Paws Group
  • Wedgewood acquires Front Range Laboratories

April

  • Fresh dog food company Butternut Box acquires Poland-based PsiBufet
  • Gryphon Investors acquires Vetnique Labs
  • Houchens Industries acquires Feeders Pet Supply
  • Mars acquires Heska
  • Pinnacle Pet Group acquires Animal Friends Investments, and HD Assurances
  • Royal DSM acquires Adare Biome from Adare Pharma Solutions
  • Spunky Pup acquires PetKnowledge
  • Sun Pharmaceuticals acquires a majority stake in Vivaldis Animal Health

May

  • Alltech acquires a majority interest in Switzerland-based Agolin
  • IMV Technologies Group acquires Belgium-based Veterinary Solutions
  • Innovet acquires Switzerland-based Herbonis and its affiliates, including Wyreside
  • JAB Holdings acquires majority interest in Pumpkin Insurance, with Zoetis retaining a significant minority interest
  • PARI acquires Ireland-based Nortev, manufacturer of equine inhaler Flexineb
  • Post Holdings acquires several pet food brands from J.M. Smucker
  • VetPartners acquires Netherlands-based Dierenastsen Groep Nederland
  • Virbac acquires GS Partners, its distributor in Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Zomedica acquires Structured Monitoring Products, maker of VetGuardian

June

  • BrightPet Nutrition Group acquires Raw Advantage Processing
  • Cargill acquires India-based Zoonivet
  • Destination Pet acquires Pet Palace Boarding Resort
  • EQT acquires Dechra
  • Farm Health Guardian merges with NoveTechnologies
  • MidOcean Partners acquires QualiTech
  • TopSpin Consumer Partners acquires the consumer products division of Three Dog Bakery
  • Zydus Animal Health acquires a minority stake in Mylab Discovery Solutions

July

  • The Andersons acquires ACJ International
  • Bug Bite Thing acquires TickEase
  • Performance Livestock Analytics separates from Zoetis as an independent company
  • VAFO Group acquires Poland-based Pooch & Mutt
  • Wedgewood merges with Blue Rabbit

August

  • Domes Pharma acquires SentrX Animal Care
  • Mars acquires SYNLAB Vet
  • Natural Balance and Canidae merge under the corporate name Ethos Pet Brands
  • PAI Partners acquires Alphia from JH Whitney Capital Partners
  • Revival Animal Health acquires Breeder’s Choice
  • Select Sires and Inguran/STgen agree to merge into a new company
  • Veterinary Service Inc. acquires MWI’s poultry business
  • Zoetis acquires PetMedix

September

  • BioAdaptives spins off its Livestock Impact Division as a wholly owned subsidiary
  • Independence Pet Group acquires Felix cat pet insurance
  • Revival Animal Health acquires Creative Science
  • Zoetis acquires German-based adivo

October

  • EQT acquires Australia-based VetPartners from NVA
  • P3 Technologies acquires Heartland Veterinary Pharmacy and VetApproved Pharmacy
  • Pangolia acquires Catster and Dogster brands from Belvoir Media Group
  • Post Holdings acquires assets of Perfection Pet Foods
  • Sunshine Mills acquires a pet food production facility from Red Collar Pet Foods
  • Virbac acquires India-based Globion
  • Voff acquires Netherlands-based Carnibest raw pet food manufacturer
  • Wind Point Partners acquires Assisi Pet Care Group Ltd
  • Zomedica acquires Qorvo Biotechnologies

November

  • American Pet Products Association (APPA) acquires The Pet Summit
  • Fressnapf acquires Dutch pet retailer Jumper Groep
  • Paw Prosper acquires K9 Karts
  • T-Medical Group acquires 365Televet.com

December

  • Active Partners acquires an interest in KatKin
  • Antelope acquires My Perfect Pet
  • Assisi Pet Care Group acquires UK-based Burns Pet Nutrition
  • Astrasana Holding acquires majority interest in Releaf for Pets
  • Blackstone acquires Rover Group
  • Phenna Group acquires UK-based Eville & Jones
  • Sonae acquires Finnish Musti Group
  • Zenex acquires India-based Ayurvet

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PRODUCT LAUNCHES, APPROVALS, LICENSING DEALS:

January

  • Anzac Animal Health receives FDA approval for Zycosan (pentosan polysulfate injection) for use in horses
  • Aurora Pharmaceutical receives FDA approval for DectoGard (generic doramectin topical) for cattle
  • BioZyme launches AO-Biotics fermentation products
  • EKF Diagnostics launches Lactate Scout Vet analyzer
  • Essential Research develops Chocolate Rescue for Dogs
  • Hill’s launches Prescription Diet ONC Care foods for pets with cancer
  • Hilltop Biosciences launches three regenerative therapy formulations for companion animals
  • Norbrook Labs receives FDA approval for Tulieve (generic tulathromycin injectable) for cattle and swine
  • Purina Animal Nutrition launches EnduraSow and Endura Pig swine feed additives
  • Royal Canin launches Skintopic atopic dermatitis diet
  • F. Young launches Silver Honey Rapid Ear Care line for pets
  • Zarasyl launches Zarasyl Companion Animal Solution for wounds & abrasions
  • Zoetis launches Solensia (frunevetmab injectable) for cats with osteoarthritis

February

  • Akorn receives FDA approval for DetomiSed (generic detomidine injectable) for horses
  • Arm & Hammer launches Certillus Eco Dairy Bedding
  • Bioved Pharmaceuticals launches Schwan (Dog) Ayurved natural animal health products
  • Chewy launches Vibeful, its first pet wellness brand, with a line of supplements and vitamins
  • Elanco launches PenPoint Sort chute technology
  • Felix Pharmaceutical receives FDA approval for generic marbofloxacin chewable tablets for dogs and cats, and generic praziquantel tablets and carprofen tablets for use in dogs
  • Norbrook labs receives FDA approval for use of Midamox for Cats in ferrets
  • Nutrition Partners and FarmHouse Consultants launch Ignite supplement for swine
  • Pet Wellbeing launches four Chewies supplements
  • PetMedExpress partners with Pumpkin Insurance to offer pet insurance
  • Walkin’ Pets launches the Buddy Up Harness
  • Zoetis launches AlphaTrak 3 blood glucose monitoring system
  • Zoetis launches Mhp Guardian mycoplasma management program
  • Zoetis partners with Select Sires to provide GeneNet marketing service
  • Zyvet receives FDA approval for generic marbofloxacin tablets for use in dogs and cats, and generic dexmedetomidine injectable for use in dogs and cats

March

  • Aurora Pharmaceutical receives FDA approval for EpriGard (generic eprinomectin) for cattle
  • Felix Pharmaceutical receives FDA approval for use of Parasedge Multi in ferrets
  • Norbrook Labs receives FDA approval for Tauramox (generic moxidectin injectable) for cattle
  • PDX Biotech launches OraStripdx to detect periodontal disease
  • PetFriendly launches Brilliant! Dental Care for Dogs
  • Provetica receives FDA approval for Modulis (generic cyclosporine oral solution) for cats
  • Zyvet receives FDA approval for generic Carprofen Chewables for dogs, and generic Enrofloxacin Flavored tablets for dogs and cats

April

  • Bimeda receives FDA approval for Bimasone (generic flumethasone) injectable solution for use in dogs, cats and horses
  • Bioiberica launches Atopivet Collar
  • BioZyme launches AO-Biotics EQE postbiotic for poultry layers
  • Boehringer Ingelheim receives FDA approval for NexGard Combo (esafoxolaner, eprinomectin, praziquantel) for cats
  • Elanco launches Bexacat (bexagliflozin) oral tablets for diabetic cats
  • Jorgensen Labs partners with Enso Discoveries to offer ReBound PRP products
  • Kane Biotech licenses Skout’s Honor’s coactive+ technology for pet oral care applications
  • Kanguro Insurance launches pet insurance offerings
  • Parnell receives FDA approval for Respirmycin 25 (generic tulathromycin) for cattle and swine
  • Provetica receives FDA approval for Modulis (generic cyclosporine oral solution) for dogs
  • Zyvet receives FDA approval for generic Maropitant Citrate tablets for dogs

May

  • ADM and Air Protein partner to develop novel proteins for nutrition
  • Amicogen and Lysando partner to develop a mastitis solution
  • Cronus Pharma receives FDA approval for Doraject (generic doramectin) for cattle and swine
  • Dalan Animal Health launches its honeybee American Foulbrood vaccine
  • Dearbuds launches Dearbuds Pet Edition ear humidity monitor
  • Dechra and Scotland-based ILC Therapeutics partner to develop ILC’s Caniferon to treat atopic dermatitis in dogs
  • Elanco becomes exclusive US distributor for Aptimmune Biologics’ PRRS vaccine
  • Elanco receives conditional USDA approval for Canine Parvovirus Monoclonal Antibody
  • Huvepharma receives FDA approval for Pennchlor & Monovet type A medicated feed article
  • Iams and Wisdom Panel partner to offer personalized nutrition recommendations
  • ISK Animal Health and Ceva launch Panoquell-CA1 (fuzapladib injection) for treating acute canine pancreatitis
  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition launches Lalprobiome for companion animals
  • Lifecare launches Lifecare Veterinary
  • Merck receives Australian approval for an annual injectable Bravecto (fluralaner) for use in dogs
  • Merck receives Australian approval for Fluralaner Lousicide for Sheep, the first oral sheep lousicide
  • MiAnIML launches geolocation technology for identifying and finding sick cattle
  • Midmark launches the Bite-Resistant DR Sensor
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific launches SureCount Salmonella Species PCR test kit
  • VetPawer launches AVA Chat, an AI-based service for vet clinics
  • VetriScience launches Allergy Plus chew supplements
  • Zoetis receives FDA approval for Librela (bedinvetmab injection) for treating canine osteoarthritis

June

  • Bimeda launches Stimulator 5 + PMH cattle vaccine
  • Cascade Animal Sciences launches Neuro-Pro dietary supplement
  • Chewy partners with Trupanion and Lemonade Pet to offer pet insurance
  • Dutch and Thrive Pet Healthcare announce a partnership
  • IDEXX launches Cystatin B Test for detecting kidney injury in dogs and cats
  • KineticVet launches Re-Covr (triplennamine injection) for cattle & horses
  • Medgene receives USDA approval for its swine platform vaccine
  • Merck launches Circumvent CML swine vaccine
  • Merck receives EU approval for Innovax-ILT-IBD poultry vaccine
  • Pet Supermarket partners with Spot Pet Insurance
  • PetMedExpress launches private-label line of non-prescription pet health products
  • Purina launches Pro Plan Joint Care Veterinary Supplements
  • Zomedica launches Truview digital microscopy platform

July

  • Bimeda launches SpectoGard (generic spectinomycin) for cattle
  • Boehringer receives FDA approval for Nexgard Plus (afoxolaner, moxidectin, pyrantel) monthly chews for dogs
  • Fresh pet food company PetCubes launches a veterinary support diet range
  • Pegasus Labs receives FDA approval for Firocoxib Generic Tablets for Dogs
  • Vetcor announces expansion into Canada
  • Zoetis and Numaferm announce a licensing agreement to develop veterinary therapeutics based on pepteins

August

  • Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production launches A-Max yeast strain for pet diets
  • Boehringer receives FDA approval for Senvelgo (velaglifozin oral solution) for treating cats with diabetes
  • Cronus Pharma receives FDA approval for Cropamezole (generic atipamezole) in dogs, and DexmedVet (generic dexmedetomidine) for use in dogs and cats
  • Greenies launches Digestive Probiotic Supplement Powder for Dogs meal topper
  • Hello Fresh launches The Pets Table fresh and air-dried pet foods
  • KineticVet launches EquiShield CK HC Spray for horses, dogs and cats
  • MAI Animal Health and VetWelding AG introduce BoneWelding ultrasonic resorbable orthopedic implants
  • MySimplePetLab launches mini care first aid kits for dogs and cats
  • Neogen launches Igenity Enhanced Dairy
  • PawPrint Oxygen launches PureVet Pet Oxygen Mask
  • VetriScience Labs launches Renal Essentials Pro Liquid for cats
  • Zoetis launches Valcor (doramectin + levamisole), a dual-active prescription endectocide for beef and dairy cattle

September

  • Ancestry launches Know Your Pet DNA testing
  • Bionote USA launches equine serum progesterone and equine serum amyloid A test for VCheck
  • Ceva receives FDA approval for Firodyl (generic firocoxib) chewable tablets for dogs
  • Elanco launches conditionally approved Varenzin-CA1 (molidustat oral suspension) for treating non-regenerative anemia in cats with chronic kidney disease
  • Felix Pharmaceuticals receives FDA approval for generic firocoxib chewable tablets for dogs
  • Genus Lifesciences Inc receives conditional FDA approval for Fidoquel-CA1 (phenobarbital tablets) for dogs
  • IAMS launches PETconnect by IAMs, a nutrition and wellness service for pet owners
  • Milk Specialties Global launches RPMet rumen protected methionine supplement for dairy cattle
  • Skout’s Honor launches a line of brushless dental care products for dogs
  • Solvet launches Lidoband for castrating calves and lambs
  • Zomedica launches endogenous ACT for equine plasma for its Truforma Testing platform
  • ZyVet Animal Health receives FDA approval for generic acepromazine tablets for dogs

October

  • Ardent Animal Health licenses Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cell technology from Athersys
  • Basepaws launches the Breed + Health Dog DNA Test
  • Bfactory launches Vetramil medical-grade honey in the USA
  • Chewy launches Symptom Tracker app
  • CULT Food Science Corp launches Noochies, its inaugural animal-free dog snacks
  • Ag launched Maternity Warden monitoring system for calving cows
  • Fluxergy launches Streptococcus equi ss equi in-house PCR assay
  • ITL BioMedical launches PawCheck urine collection tools
  • Merck receives USDA conditional approval for its caninized monoclonal antibody gilvetmab for treating mast cell tumors and melanomas in dogs
  • Parnell receives FDA approval for estroPLAN generic cloprostenol for use in lactating dairy cows
  • Patterson launches Auto Dx Alerts app
  • Precision Health Technologies launches the PhytoCare line of skin care products for ruminants
  • Royal Canin launches the Multifunction line of pet diets
  • Sleepypod launches the Martingale Calming Harness for dogs and cats
  • Tyson Foods and Protix announce an investment to support the growth of insect ingredients
  • Umbrella AI Studio launches its Umbrella Vet app
  • Virbac launches Zenidog long-acting pheromone products for dogs
  • Virbac receives FDA approval for Ayradia (metronidazole oral suspension) for treating Giardia in dogs
  • Zoetis launches Librela (bedinvetmab) in the USA

November

  • ADM Tronics launches Vet-Sonotron non-invasive veterinary therapy device, for non-drug treatment of pain
  • Cold Water Technologies launches Happy Scratch supplement for itching in dogs and cats
  • HHOLOVE introduces O Sitter robotic cat nanny
  • IDEXX announces upcoming launch of SNAP Leish 4Dx Test outside the USA
  • Medgene receives USDA conditional licensing for its Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) vaccine
  • Merck launches Sequivity IAV-S NA swine influenza vaccine
  • Oil-Dri launches Cat’s Pride Antibacterial Clumping Litter
  • VetriMax launches Allergy CZN Soft Chews for dogs
  • Zoetis launches Orion’s Bonquat (pregabalin oral solution) for alleviating fear and acute anxiety in cats

December

  • Anitoa Systems launches all-in-one swine flu test
  • Chewy launches Chewy Vet Care
  • EVERY launches EVERY Egg liquid egg product produced from yeast fermentation
  • ExeGi Pharma launches Visbiome Vet Constipation Care for cats
  • IDEXX and Texas A&M introduce Dysbiosis Test
  • JustAnswer launches Pearl for Pets GPT
  • Merck receives EU positive opinion for a 12-month injectable Bravecto for dogs
  • The FDA approves Felix Pharmaceuticals’ generic Enrofloxacin injectable for cattle & swine
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