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Mitch Abrahamsen
Vice President, Research and Development, Cobb-Vantress
Siloam Springs, AR, USA
Opportunities of Investing in Animal Health
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
10:30 - 11:00 am

Abstract:  The ever-increasing demand for animal protein has challenged the livestock production community to become more efficient and cost effective. With the growing competition for land, water and energy resources, as well as, emerging consumer concerns and regulatory policies regarding the health and welfare of production animals, an increased industry awareness of the importance of animal health as it relates to economics and sustainability has emerged. The completion of the human and numerous animal genome projects has led to dramatic changes in the way we understand about health and disease. As a result, innovative strategies are being developed based on new technologies afforded by genomic sciences that are changing the ways we manage and address animal health concerns.

Dr. Abrahamsen recently joined Cobb-Vantress as Vice President of Research and Development. He earned his B.Sc. degree at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle WA. He has held faculty positions at Montana State University and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota where he was a recognized international authority on animal genomics, animal health, and molecular bases of infection diseases. He has served on a variety of advisory boards for numerous private and government funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining Cobb-Vantress he served as Vice President of Research for Hills Pet Nutrition.