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Study: Immigrants living less than five years in Canada less likely to have premature babies

April 12, 2016

The E. coli O157 organism causes no disease in cattle, but cattle are the primary reservoir for it. E. coli O157 can cause severe illness and can even be fatal when ingested by humans from contaminated meat, vegetables, other food products, or water. Human exposure and infection with E. coli O157 can result in serious health consequences, including abdominal pain and severe bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, kidney damage can occur and progress to serious complications and even death. Lingering, long-term medical conditions can persist in individuals exposed to the bacterium. These include post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS), reduced kidney function, diabetes, hypertension and reactive arthritis.

At the Official Opening of the Vaccine Manufacturing Centre today, the Company also recognized additional government support associated with its vaccine development. The Rural Economic Development (RED) Program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs provided a $2 million grant in 2007 to the Company in support of market development related to the Company's E. coli O157 cattle vaccine. More recently (April, 2010), the Company received an investment of $750,000 (repayable loan) from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) for the development of a pilot-scale fermentation facility adjacent to the new Vaccine Manufacturing Centre. This facility houses fermentation equipment and downstream processing to allow small-scale, bench-top processes to be scaled up and readied for commercial-scale production in the Vaccine Manufacturing Centre.

The Company has developed substantial strategic information (trade secret) expertise on inducing bacteria to produce commercial quantities of vaccination proteins during fermentation. These technologies may also be applicable to the development of additional animal health and food safety vaccines, including for Salmonella and Rhodococcus equi, for which the Company is already supporting research and development work.

SOURCE Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.