This article was published on 24 April 2013
Help from Callaghan Innovation's Global Expert service meant Hamilton company Quantec was able to inject new life into a stalled R&D project around the groundbreaking treatment for mastitis in dairy cows.
Quantec is developing the world’s first effective natural treatment for mastitis in lactating cows, the most costly problem affecting the dairy industry worldwide. A mastitis infection inflames a cow’s udder, reducing milk yield and quality and incurring significant drug costs and veterinary fees.
Business partners Drs Rod Claycomb and Judy Bragger formed Quantec in 2006, as a spin-out company of DEC International NZ, and bought the business from DEC in 2008.
They have spent six years identifying and separating the high value components in milk and developing the mastitis treatment. It has been tested in three on-farm trials but Rod says a missing compound in the formulation was limiting success.
“We were really stuck,” says Rod. “We’d attempted a few things but made no headway and had no immediate avenues to pursue.”
A Callaghan Innovation regional business partner at Waikato Innovation Park told Quantec about Global Expert and the company decided to give it a go.
The search service located 10 research organisations around the world with expertise that could help. Quantec narrowed the list to two and went on to engage an Australian agency.
“Global Expert was able to find knowledge that we couldn’t access - we hadn’t heard of any of the research organisations the service put us in touch with,” says Rod.
Funding was also provided to help the company hire the research organisation.
Rod says the compounds developed by the Australian expert are promising and are now being incorporated into concept formulations for further testing and evaluation.
Rod says he would use Global Expert again and recommend it to others.
“Finding the right experts got our R&D moving again, which is an excellent outcome. The service is also really easy to use and very good value for money.”