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Natural Biologics Adds Global Business Development Manager Position

Newfield, New York. May 20, 2019.  As a result of continued growth and expanding international opportunities, Natural Biologics has added the position of Global Business Development Manager.  Le Luchterhand joins the company after spending the last 20 years working directly with dairy consultants and producers across the U.S.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Le to the Natural Biologics team as we continue to build our world-class product development and sales organization,” says Dr. Charlie Elrod, President of Natural Biologics. “The universal respect Le has earned from nutritionists and dairy producers in the Midwest is a key measure of his success.  Le brings a new level of customer care and will allow us to continue our expansion domestically and in international markets.”
Luchterhand has served as a dairy nutrition consultant and ruminant account manager, working closely with nutritionists and dairy producers. He grew up on a dairy and beef operation in Central Wisconsin and received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  Luchterhand is also certified as a Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) by ARPAS. Le and his wife Karen raise horses and registered Shorthorn beef cattle on their farm outside Neillsville, WI

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New Research Presented At Leman Conference

Dr. Charlie Elrod will present ground-breaking research at the 2020 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on September 20th! Featured during the poster session, Dr. Elrod’s topic “Inhibition of African swine fever virus in liquid and feed by medium-chain fatty acids and glycerol monolaurate” explains recent research that resulted in reduced AFSV infectivity in liquid and feed conditions. The research, sponsored by Natural Biologics and conducted through a collaboration of universities and institutes worldwide, features ground-breaking results for the future of AFSV mitigation. Register to attend the virtual conference at ccaps.umn.edu/allen-d-leman-swine-conference

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Natural Biologics Pursues ASFv Solutions with International Collaboration

Natural Biologics, Inc., an animal health innovation company, has announced a new collaboration with the Antiviral Research Group at the Institute of Molecular Biology of NAS (Armenia).  This alliance is an important step in Natural Biologics’ search for unique solutions to emerging animal health challenges such as African Swine Fever (ASFv).
The Antiviral Research Group, under the leadership of Dr. Hovakim Zakaryan, has led a decade-long investigation into the ASFv pandemic. Over the last year, Natural Biologics has collaborated with Dr. Zakaryan, and Dr. Joshua Jackman of Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, to evaluate various membrane-active compounds as potential mitigants in the global fight against ASFv.
Initial results have been very promising, with some compounds showing both direct virucidal activity as well as additional disruptions of virus-host interactions.  To discover additional tools against ASFv, and other viruses afflicting livestock, the collaborators have also completed high-throughput screening of flavonoid compounds for anti-ASFv activity.  The team has identified several promising candidate compounds that will soon be investigated to understand the mode of action against this and other viruses.
“It is our objective, through globe-spanning collaborations, with true pioneers in animal health research, to rapidly identify, validate and introduce novel solutions to health challenges faced by livestock producers and their animals” noted Dr. Charlie Elrod, President and co-founder of Natural Biologics.  “Building an interdisciplinary team to truly innovate in the animal health arena is the only way that we will combat emerging animal health issues going forward.”
As data become available, Natural Biologics and the Antiviral Research Group will publish their research results and other information for the benefit of the livestock industry.

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Dr. Elrod Presents New Research at Cornell Nutrition Conference

Don’t miss Dr. Charlie Elrod’s presentation “From Membrane Biophysics to the Farm: Applications of Fatty Acid and Monoglyceride Chemistry to Animal Health” during the Cornell Nutrition Conference. Dr. Elrod will discuss the implications of membrane biophysics on animal health during Wednesday’s session of the Cornell Nutrition Conference. Join him on October 21 at 10:45 a.m. as he explains how Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) and Medium Chain Monoglycerides (MCMG) interact with virus and bacterial membranes to disrupt activity and improve overall animal health. Register for the virtual conference at https://ansci.cals.cornell.edu/news-events/cornell-nutrition-conference/registration/ and visit www.NaturalBiologics.com to learn more.

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A Tribute To Richard Ware

Dr. Richard Austin Ware was a founding partner of Natural Biologics and was the real impetus that got us started.  Today, September 28, 2016, is the first anniversary of Richard’s untimely death.  We have missed his warmth, sincerity and good humor every single day since.  Richard was masterful at seeking out new opportunities, finding novel solutions for animal health problems and chasing down the science to validate them.  He inspired many of the directions we’ve taken in formulating our unique solutions.  He was the perfect partner to embark on such an adventure with, and the Natural Biologics team is eternally grateful that he started this bus, invited us on board and helped navigate our crucial first months.

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THE NEW VISION OF NUTRIENTS WEBINAR

Register to Join us April 12, 7:30 a.m. EDT
Nutrition 2.0: Thinking Beyond Classic Nutrients Webinar
Historically, nutrients were  viewed as fuel and building blocks within the body. Dr. Barry Bradford, Kansas State University, will share how traditional thinking may be just the tip of the iceberg. Nutrients are now seen as signals within the body; unique biological control mechanisms starting in utero and exerting long-term effects within the animal’s body.

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Register to view our recent webinar

EARN ARPAS CEU!
Late last week, we had an outstanding webinar with Dr. Barry Bradford.  In the nearly hour-long presentation, Dr. Bradford reviewed what our classic approach to nutrition has been.  Then he guided us on a tour of some of the categories of biological mediators which we’ll be dealing with in the future.  We’ll be feeding, and needing to understand, these “nutrients” which interact directly with the immune system, the microbiome, DNA and other tissue or organ targets.

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Antiviral and Antimicrobial Review Published

Little did we know, when we started writing this review on fatty acids and monoglycerides as antimicrobials and antivirals, that the world would soon be in the midst of a global pandemic caused by a lipid-membrane-enveloped virus. A major motivation for this project was to cover the latest technology with the potential to stop the devastating spread of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) across Asia, and the continuing challenges from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV), all lipid-membrane-enveloped viruses.  We considered it worthwhile to review the latest published research concerning certain membrane-active compounds, fatty acids and monoglycerides, which have potential to thwart lipid-membrane-enveloped viruses and pathogenic bacteria. So, we assembled a diverse team, including a leading light in swine nutrition, a membrane biophysicist, and a physiologist to review and synthesize a narrative around the latest scientific works on the topic. The result of that effort is published online this week in the Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, one of the top journals in the field ( https://rdcu.be/b3J87 ).  We chose this journal because it provides free, open access for the world’s scientists and industry experts to gain inspiration from the fast-moving progress on this topic. There are many applications of this work in livestock production, while human medical applications are also being explored around the world.  Are there potential applications of the concepts in this review to reduce the spread or effects of Covid-19?  We won’t speculate, but others immersed in the field may find some useful information to assimilate into their work.

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