Digital Angel, an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification, announces that its Destron Fearing unit will provide Bio-Thermo LifeChips and DTR hand-held readers to researchers to aid in the development of vaccines designed to protect against swine influenza virus and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.

Thanks to a series of grants provided though Iowa State University’s Board of Regents, researchers are working on vaccines in conjunction with Harrisvaccines (Sirrah Bios) at the Iowa State Research Park. Harrisvaccines is developing next-generation vaccines that utilize a common-platform-based approach to livestock diseases.

“The LifeChip is a great product, and it has really made (animal) temperature collection easier, and I believe that it provides a much more accurate temperature reading without the stress of those collected by a rectal thermometer,” says Ryan Vander Veen, chief technical officer for swine influenza vaccine development at Harrisvaccines.

“We are proud to be a part of this important and innovative effort to protect the U.S. swine population from two of its most costly diseases,” adds Joseph Grillo, chief executive officer of Digital Angel.