ZURICH, Switzerland, January 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The world leader in prion
diagnostics has landed another coup in the fight against animal diseases and
consumer protection. Prionics AG will be promoting the use of the innovative
diagnostic ear tag TypiFix(TM), which combines individual livestock
identification with tissue sampling.
"The special mummification technique of TypiFix(TM) allows it to easily
trace back from the fork to the farm", says Prof. Dr. med. Vet. Gottfried
Brem, inventor of TypiFix(TM). With a TypiFix(TM) sample, it is possible to
perform various diagnostic tests, such as detecting viral diseases.
Another application for the innovative system is in animal breeding. If a
farmer identifies animals with genetic defects early, they can be excluded
from breeding. "There are various potential applications for TypiFix(TM).
This makes the system so attractive. The product fills an important gap in
consumer protection by combining traceability and diagnostics", says Dr.
Bruno Oesch, chairman of Prionics. TypiFix(TM) has proven successful in
different pilot studies with governments in Europe and livestock producers in
the USA. Prionics believes that this diagnostic ear tag will establish itself
as an international standard.
Prionics sells and distributes TypiFix(TM) over IDnostics AG, a separate
business unit, established primarily to market this product. Prionics holds a
majority-interest in IDnostics.
The award winning diagnostic ear tag extracts a tissue sample just when
identifying the animal with the ear tag. The ear tissue is conserved at
extraction and the farmer can send it to the laboratory for analysis easily
and cost effective by mail. The particular mummification technique ensures
that a TypiFix(TM) sample can be stored at room temperature for years. The
sample is suited for diagnostic tests as well as for DNA analysis. The
extraction of a tissue sample, which contains an animal's DNA, makes the
The world market leader for rapid mad cow testing was founded in 1997 as
a spin-off from the University of Zurich. Prionics carries out research and
development in diagnostics for prion diseases (such as BSE) and other
zoonotic diseases. The recipient of the Swiss Economic Award 2002 as "Company
of the year" and winner of the European Biotech Award 2004 for Excellence in
Biotech Business; Prionics is driving its business through a combination of
outstanding research, high-quality products and novel marketing concepts.
For more information please visit www.prionics.com, www.idnostics.com
Contact: Stephanie Musshafen, Director of Corporate Communications, Tel.:
+41-44-200-20-95, Email: email@example.com
SOURCE Prionics AG