Are you interested in advancing the future of sheep production, preclinical research, and biomanufacturing? Join us at the Blue Ridge Plateau Initiative (BRPI) event on September 20th in Galax, Virginia, where we will introduce ANOVA and the Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Sheep Project to the region.
NEO is expanding SPF sheep production operations into Southwest Virginia under the new company name, ANOVA. ANOVA will comprise two state-of-the-art farms and a cutting-edge training institute dedicated to workforce development. Our sheep farms will focus on producing SPF sheep for preclinical research and animal-derived materials (ADMs) for research and the biomanufacture of engineered tissues and organs. The training institute will offer hands-on experiences for agriculture, veterinary, and medical undergraduates and graduates, as well as opportunities for livestock producers, 4-H, and FFA members.
In addition to ANOVA, the event will showcase other exciting initiatives, including:
Abattoir for Grass-Fed Beef: Learn about our plans for an environmentally sustainable abattoir dedicated to producing high-quality grass-fed beef.
Biochar: Discover our efforts in biochar production, a sustainable and carbon-negative approach to soil improvement.
This meeting is designed to be an “informational, networking, and guidance” session, aiming to create a consortium of like-minded individuals and organizations. We seek assistance with essential next steps in our projects and are eager to identify mutually beneficial partnerships that will help establish necessary programs and infrastructure.
BioFabUSA, a program of ARMI, is a public-private partnership with more than 170 members, including companies, academic institutions and not-for profit organizations.