Ottawa, ON / Business Wire/ October 13, 2020 / – Avivagen Inc. (TSXV:VIV, OTCQB:VIVXF) (“Avivagen”), a life sciences corporation focused on developing and commercializing products for livestock, companion animal and human applications that safely enhance and support immune function, thereby supporting general health and performance, is pleased to announce a four tonne order from UNAHCO, its largest purchase to date.
“UNAHCO has adopted and scaled an increasing use of our product, as is demonstrated by this record order and UNAHCO’s recent expansion of OxC-beta™ for use in poultry as well as swine,” said Kym Anthony, Avivagen’s CEO. “UNAHCO and their customers continue to see the benefits of using OxC-betaTM in their livestock feed, while our unique relationship with UNAHCO has served as a successful case study on how to test, adopt and scale as a business model with mutual benefit – for Avivagen and its customers – and we look forward to continuing to grow this important relationship.”
Avivagen is working diligently with its procurement partner on this order and is uncertain whether the entire order will be fulfilled and the related revenue included in its current fiscal quarter, ending October 31, 2020 .
The Philippines continues to be an important and growing feed market for Avivagen, with an estimated annual feed production of 18.2 million metric tonnes for 2020, up dramatically from 11.75 million metric tonnes in 2016.[i]
Avivagen is a life sciences corporation focused on developing and commercializing products for livestock, companion animal and human applications. By unlocking an overlooked facet of β-carotene activity, a path has been opened to safely and economically support immune function, thereby promoting general health and performance in animals. Avivagen is a public corporation traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol VIV and on the OTCQB Exchange in the U.S. under the symbol VIVXF, and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, based in partnership facilities of the National Research Council of Canada and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit www.avivagen.com. The contents of the website are expressly not incorporated by reference in this press release.
About OxC-beta™ Technology and OxC-beta™ Livestock
Avivagen’s OxC-beta™ technology is derived from Avivagen discoveries about β-carotene and other carotenoids, compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their bright colours. Through support of immune function the technology provides a non-antibiotic means of promoting health and growth. OxC-beta™ Livestock is a proprietary product shown to be an effective and economic alternative to the antibiotics commonly added to livestock feeds. The product is currently available for sale in the United States, Philippines, Taiwan, New Zealand, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Malaysia.
Avivagen’s OxC-beta™ Livestock product is safe, effective and could fulfill the global mandate to remove all in-feed antibiotics as growth promoters. Numerous international livestock trials with poultry and swine using OxC-beta™ Livestock have proven that the product performs as well as, and, sometimes, in some aspects, better than in-feed antibiotics.
Forward Looking Statements
This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon the current expectations of management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties associated with the business of Avivagen Inc. and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions “aim”, “anticipate”, “appear”, “believe”, “consider”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “if”, “intend”, “goal”, “hope”, “likely”, “may”, “plan”, “possibly”, “potentially”, “pursue”, “seem”, “should”, “whether”, “will”, “would” and similar expressions. Statements set out in this news release relating to the future plans of Avivagen’s customers and the potential for additional and/or increased orders from such customers, Avivagen’s expectations as to growth of its branding in certain jurisdictions, continued distribution and acceptance of Avivagen’s technology, anticipated growth in demand for Avivagen’s products, the potential for Avivgen’s products to be commercialized in human applications, the anticipated date of fulfillment for the order described, the possibility for OxC-beta™ Livestock to replace antibiotics in livestock feeds as well as fill a critical need for health support in certain livestock applications where antibiotics are precluded and the size of market opportunities are all forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. For instance, the order described may not result in new orders for Avivagen’s products, the customer plans may change due to many reasons, demand for Avivagen’s products may not continue to grow and could decline, Avivagen’s brand recognition may not increase as anticipated or could be impacted by negative events, Avivagen’s products may not gain market acceptance or regulatory approval in new jurisdictions or for new applications, including human applications, and may not be widely accepted as a replacement for antibiotics in livestock feeds, new market access may not occur in the timeline or manner expected by Avivagen, timing of fulfillment of the order may be delayed beyond current expectation for a number of reasons which would push fulfillment and recognition of revenues for this order into a future quarter and the market opportunities may not be as large as Avivagen anticipates, in each case due to many factors, many of which are outside of Avivagen’s control. Readers are referred to the risk factors associated with the business of Avivagen set out in Avivagen’s most recent management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition available at www.SEDAR.com. Except as required by law, Avivagen assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.
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