ImmuCell Corporation (Nasdaq: ICCC) has developed the First Defense® product line to deliver Immediate Immunity™ against E. coli, coronavirus, and rotavirus infections, the primary pathogens that cause scours (uncontrolled diarrhea), which is the leading disease risk to newborn dairy and beef calves. The Company estimates the cost of scours in the US to be over $700 million per year. The use of First Defense® immediately after birth enables producers to realize the genetic potential of their newborn livestock assets.
The Company is also in the final stages of achieving FDA approval for Re-Tain™, a bacteriocin-based product to treat subclinical mastitis in lactating cows without the use of traditional human antibiotics. Mastitis infections result in approximately $2 BILLION in economic losses to the U.S. dairy industry annually. Reducing the use of antibiotics in the human food chain is a national imperative.