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Bioniche's Immunotherapy Now Listed as "Organic"

26 August 2008

CANADA - A Canadian biopharmaceutical company, announced today that its U.S. Animal Health business, Bioniche Animal Health USA, Inc., has been granted full listing by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for its premier immunostimulant technology for calves, Immunoboost.

The addition of Immunoboost to the official OMRI list indicates that this biological product has met the national standard for use in organic dairy and beef operations in the United States.

Immunoboost is USDA-licensed for use in calves between the ages of one and five days, as a one-time immunotherapeutic treatment for reduction of the mortality and morbidities associated with calf scours caused by E. coli (K99) infections.

Immunoboost is a mycobacterial cell wall extract (MCWE) formulation. A distinct and more advanced Bioniche technology that also uses mycobacterial cell walls - Mycobacterial Cell Wall-DNA Complex (MCC) - is currently undergoing Phase III clinical testing in human patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer in 31 North American urology centres.

Recognized experts in organic dairy and beef operations are pleased to have recourse to Immunoboost for the treatment of calf scours. Dr. Hubert Karreman, a Pennsylvania dairy veterinarian, has consulted on organic health care issues with veterinarians across the U.S. for over a decade and recently authored a book entitled, "Treating Dairy Cows Naturally: Thoughts and Strategies".

"Enhancing the immune system is essential in helping animals to heal," said Dr. Karreman. "With immunologic stimulation so critical to maintaining or enhancing health, I believe it is a wise choice to use Immunoboost as a therapeutic agent for all kinds of livestock production systems. Immunoboost is an effective, non-antibiotic treatment that has come of age and, being OMRI listed, it now provides the necessary assurance to organic producers and the veterinarians that service these specialized farms."

Dr. Karreman works with over 85 certified and transitioning organic herds, and is a sought-after speaker on organic practices at both veterinary and producer conferences.

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