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Focus on innovation. This is something crucial nowadays for companies in any industry. It is based on work aimed at innovating that processes are improved, products are developed and improvements appear that impact our lives in ways that are so often unimaginable.
But to innovate, any organization needs to get focused for testing, research, to create, and bring news. That’s what Biocamp has been doing. Having a 20-year experience and already well consolidated in the market, the company is aware that its products impact the poultry industry and has the responsibility to constantly improve for better health. Therefore, it has structured a department focused on innovation and tests that bring even more assertiveness to the productive company’s process.
Next, you will learn know its structure and its work fronts.
Biocamp’s Research & Development infrastructure: 160 m²
Biocamp has been investing in R&D for years and recently, just over a year ago, it opened a 160-square-meter structure, located in an independent area with a modern biosecurity system that prevents the contamination of experiments or the release of microorganisms into the environment.
Research & Development: The Heart of the Company
Currently, Biocamp’s R&D, at the same time it is the “brain” of operations and production, is also the “heart” of the company. This is because it relates to all departments and is called whenever it is required to invest, improve and assess products already on the market.
Four professionals working in the sector are highly trained, super skilled and experienced in the innovation process in the poultry farming industry. The team is led by Jacqueline Boldrin, a biologist holding a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology earned from the Paulista State University (Unesp). She holds a master’s degree in agricultural microbiology (Unesp), Jacqueline was hired precisely to restructure the entire R&D department of Biocamp as soon as she completed her doctorate in genetics and molecular biology, and postdoctoral studies in a “sandwich” way, half at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp ), half at the LMU (University of Munich), Germany.
Jacqueline even puts Biocamp’s laboratory on the same level as she worked in Munich and says that the investment in technology is high to meet customer demands and bring innovation to the market. “It is a unique infrastructure to invest in innovations”, the professional guarantees.
1st Work Front: Innovations in Probiotics and Vaccines
The R&D department conducts research in order to bring improvements to their products, as in the case of avian vaccines, and more control to the production process.
The sector is also directly linked to the launch of new products and solutions, such as probiotics for swine and probiotics and vaccines for aquaculture. For the development of some new products, Biocamp has a partnership with renowned institutes in Brazil.
The department also carries out in vitro and in vivo tests involving the company’s two flagships: probiotics and vaccines. To perform the tests, the R&D has the latest equipment, recently there have been investments to equip the molecular biology sector with the acquisition of a thermocycler for real-time PCR.
As for the launch of new products, some of the tests are also carried out in partnership with institutes. This is the case of tests in aquaculture, conducted by the Institute of Fisheries, linked to the Office of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo. Probiotics tests using swine are possible thanks to the partnership with USP in Pirassununga. “While some stages of work occur in our internal laboratory, others are carried out externally, which allows us to act on several different fronts to deliver differentiated products to customers,” Jacqueline says.
2nd Work Front: Tests to Meet Customers’ Demands
The R&D Department of Biocamp is also key to answer customer questions, particularly with regard to the compatibility between products in the animal feed or water.
Jacqueline explains that the laboratory mimic the environmental field conditions for testing. Mini-silos are created for the application of the probiotic or vaccine together with other substances in proportions identical to those used by poultry farms or poultry farming companies.
What is mimicked in vitro, on a small scale, is monitored by the R&D team for about 10 days or so, depending on the need. Everything is done with scientific rigor and often with biological replication, which is to repeat the test more than so that a statistical analysis is performed.
At the end of the procedure, a report is written with the presentation of the problem, mechanisms of action of the tested substances, justification, methodology, result, statistical graphs, graphical interpretation, and conclusion.
Differential for Customers
The R&D laboratory has a state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to meet customers’ demands and invests in innovations – whether to improve a probiotic, develop a vaccine or research an infectious agent.
This is a differential of Biocamp, which for years sees in research and development to consolidate the animal health market and produces excellent solutions for national and international poultry market.
Would you like to see closely how our R&D is structured? Come and see the department, you are our guest.