Merial Limited was recognizied for its extraordinary contributions to the animal sciences at Washington State University. Named a Benefactor of the university, a plaque in recognition of Merial Limited’s contributions was presented to Dr. Stewart Bauck, executive director of IGENITY Livestock Production Business Unit, on October 17, 2007.
The Benefactors of Washington State University are alumni and friends whose extraordinary commitment has led them to make one-time or cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more to WSU. The generosity of Benefactors provides the margin of excellence in research, scholarship, and the arts at Washington State. We are grateful for the profound generosity of the individuals and organizations.
Merial Limited is an important partner to cattle producers in the United States. The company generously invests in research and looks to Washington State University to help develop new DNA tools and technology to ensure that cattlemen remain globally competitive in the future.
Animal genomics research in the Department of Animal Sciences is the focus of Merial’s significant support at WSU. The research encompasses genome science and biotechnology. Projects include understanding the genome structure, function and evolution, and developing quantitative and molecular genomic approaches for improving animal production, product quality, and health.
“Through the efforts of Dr. Zhihua Jiang and others in the Department of Animal Sciences, WSU has developed world-class capability in animal genomics, and Merial is pleased to support this important research for the benefit of cattle producers in the state of Washington,” said Bauck.
Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on comparative genome biology and the study of gene functions. Comparative genome biology promises to significantly benefit the livestock industry by providing knowledge and technologies that can help optimize production, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to diseases. The long-term goal of the research is to develop a genomically standardized farming system to support industry expansion and economic development in the state of Washington.
Upon receiving the plaque, Bauck said, “We’re very honored and we’ve very much enjoyed our collaboration with Dr. Jiang and, indeed, all the members of the animal sciences department.”
Merial Limited is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. The company employs approximately 5,000 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide.