TARGAN secures $35 mln to commercialise novel vaccine delivery

It will also help commercialise a gender identification system
calendar icon 16 June 2022
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ARGAN recently announced that it has secured $35 million of Series C equity financing, which will allow it to accelerate the commercialisation of its automated and individualised poultry vaccination and gender identification systems.

TARGAN integrates its proprietary technologies consisting of high-speed imaging, feature recognition, artificial intelligence, robotics, and microfluidics in a system currently developed for the commercial poultry industry. This system can individually and accurately vaccinate up to 100,000 chicks per hour against diseases such as coccidiosis, infectious bronchitis, and Newcastle disease. In addition, TARGAN has developed a unique and fully automated system that can determine the gender of individual chicks to allow separate sex rearing by poultry producers.

“From its conception, TARGAN’s purpose has been to address the growing global demand for a healthier, more sustainable food supply through the development and application of novel technologies,” said Ramin Karimpour, founder and CEO of TARGAN. “We are most delighted that our great progress has led to NovaQuest joining our existing investors in this series."

"With this round, we will launch our targeted, individual vaccination and gender sorting technologies for poultry," he continued. "Precise bird vaccination enables poultry producers to protect each bird from harmful diseases and significantly reduces the reliance on chemicals, therapeutics, and antibiotics. Additionally, automated gender identification will allow for separate sex rearing that reduces feed cost and waste while optimizing bird nutrition.”

Merck Animal Health has been in support of TARGAN's journey since the beginning, said Stephen Murray, Lead, Merck Animal Health Ventures.

“It is rewarding to see the team continue to grow and develop their groundbreaking technology for poultry customers around the world," he said. "We are pleased to continue to support the ongoing journey and partnership."

Mountain Group Partners director Rob Readnour said his company is excited to continue its support of TARGAN as well.

“The pandemic has only further highlighted the need to create technologies that reduce labor and improve bird health," he said. "TARGAN does this through a very innovative technology. Also, we are very happy to include NovaQuest in the investor syndicate. Their extensive experience in biotech investing will be very helpful as TARGAN progresses into full commercialisation."

“We are thrilled to co-lead the Series C round with an outstanding syndicate of investors. TARGAN’s impressive technology and team are well-positioned to bring significant innovation to the hatchery, where poultry production starts,” said Brian Axe, Managing Director at NovaQuest Capital Management.

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