NIAA Antibiotics Symposium Brings Together Industry Leaders in Animal and Human Health
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium, November 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown. This year’s conference is titled, Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management and will be a unique forum bringing together leading researchers, government officials, retailers, and industry professionals in animal and human health.
Dr. Steve Solomon will be the Symposium’s moderator and brings over 30 years experience with the National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Center for Disease Control. He currently owns a consulting agency -- Global Public Health Consulting. “This is not just a gathering to discuss the challenges faced by the varied sectors,” says Dr. Solomon. “It is about a rich exchange of information, the development of a metrics framework, and moving forward on this very contentious and vital subject.”
NIAA has been at the forefront of driving the conversation about antibiotic use in animal agriculture and the related human health component. With increased consumer interest on this subject, and government focus on the rise, solutions from this diverse group of professionals and leaders will go a long way in filling the information gap that exists in the public and private sectors.
Solomon goes on to say, “It’s important to hear from people we don’t necessarily agree with. Everyone’s goal is to use antibiotics in an optimal way.”
Evolution spurs leadership promotions at Allflex Group and Allflex USA.
NIAA Board Chair Glenn Fischer will assume the role of president of Allflex USA! Congratulations Mr. Fischer!
DALLAS, June 30, 2015 – Following the evolution of the Allflex Group highlighted by the recent acquisitions of SCR (Israel) and SureFlap (USA), Brian Bolton has been named chief operating officer of the Allflex Group of companies worldwide, and Glenn Fischer will assume the role of president of Allflex USA. Brian Bolton is currently, and since 2004, president of Allflex USA Inc., and Glenn Fischer is senior vice president.
Bolton will relocate to the new Allflex corporate office in London to fulfill his new global role and will work closely with Allflex Group CEO Jacques Martin. Fischer will continue to be based in Dallas and will be responsible for Allflex’s North American business, including production, administration and his current oversight of commercial activities. Both assignments will be effective July 1.
NIAA Leaders named among other veterinarians to Ag Secretary's Animal Health Advisory Committee
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.
Among those who have been appointed to serve on the committee through June 2017 are a few NIAA leaders. Dr. Mark J. Engle, technical services manager, swine business unit, for Merck Animal Health and Dr. Annette Jones, state veterinarian and director of animal health and food safety services from California. Jones is Past Chairman of the Board and Engle currently serves on the Board of Directors.
The committee will provide outside perspectives on U.S. Department of Agriculture strategies, policies and programs to prevent, control and/or eradicate animal health diseases, according to a USDA news release. The committee also will lead broader dialogue on public health concerns and the stability of the livestock economies, the release said.
The committee’s next meeting will take place in the coming months.
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New member, Dr. Tom Shryock Ph.D., has not wasted any time in getting involved with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
"I have participated in the Antibiotic Conferences for 5 years and the Antibiotic Council," Shryock said." I feel it is an important issue that NIAA has taken on by involving multiple stakeholders to join in the dialog."
Shryock spent 28 years in the animal health pharmaceutical industry, working on antibiotics, resistance and regulatory affairs on a global basis. After recently retiring, he formed Antimicrobial Consultants, LLC. He works in partnership with clients to provide insight, experience and recommendations on best pathways to achieve success in antimicrobial or "alternative" innovations clinical studies and regulatory submissions. Also to sustain antimicrobial product availability, effectiveness and implement responsible use practices, metrics or policies at the global, national or clinical level. Shryock acts as the Chief Scientific Officer and managing member at Antimicrobial Consultants, LLC.
"Antimicrobial Consultants, LLC mission is consistent with the objectives of NIAA regarding antibiotic issues," Shryock said. "Both organizations value networking and contacts to get the best input possible and viewpoints, develop strategic approaches that are practical and work for the sustainability of existing and innovative animal antimicrobial products in food animal agriculture."
Shryock believes that the increased global demand for food will put additional pressure on crop and animal producers. He points out that technological innovation can transform the productivity for these producers.