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Cf Pharma keeps you ahead of the curve

CF Pharma + app can diagnose sick animals within an hour


CF Pharma, a company supported by South East BIC (Waterford) is at the cutting edge of SmartAgri technology with their new device. They have developed a technology called Telenostics that diagnoses sick animals within the hour via a mobile application. Indeed, their app provides virtually instant faecal egg count results on farm. Supporting the fact that Primary health care management starts on farm, CF Pharma provides the farmer with a simple diagnostic device to access the parasitic load of their herd, allowing them to treat their herd, prevent resistance and cross contamination while effectively targeting the species of parasites that are present in the specific animal.

Carole Thurston , business consultant with the South East BIC in Waterford, said: "On the farm, you get a faecal sample, you put it through some filters and you can then put it on to your mobile phone and take a photograph of it, which gets sent to the cloud.  "It will be diagnosed automatically in the cloud and within the hour."

CF Pharma is a privately owned pharmaceutical company, specializing in the development of niche generics, medical devices and innovative food supplements. Their main business activity is offering a globally exclusive portfolio of products to other pharmaceutical companies as well as directly to the consumer in some selected markets.

Clare Hughes, Managing Director of CF Pharma Ireland is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nutriscience in 2000 and sold it in 2009. Since then she has set up Animal Farmacy as well as CF Pharma manufacturing. Between the three companies they employ 15 people and have turnover of €3 million in only their second year of operations.

Speaking of this new app, Clare says “The market is global and estimated to be worth $4.5 billion in 2018. With further intensification of farms with the drop of quotas and the restriction of antibiotics going into the food chain, there is a need for targeted treatment and accurate diagnosis. Currently there is nothing available that compares with best practice as the solution is complex”.

Winner of the Smartagrifood European Pitching Competition

It has finished first out of 50 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union's SmartAgriFood accelerator programme.
50 SMEs in total competed against each other to remain in the SmartAgriFood programme where the top 18 selected performers are going on to test their products in the field and participate in intensive business development support and training to bring their product successfully to market. Waterford company CF Pharma won this competitive process outright which resulted in additional funding of €140,000 giving them a total of €200,000 which the company are using to support business development.

  SmartAgriFood is a FIWARE accelerator providing direct funding and support to SME’s, web entrepreneurs and individuals working in Smart Agrimatics to transform innovative ideas into new applications and services.

Associated member: South East BIC
Published on 11-12-2015 00:00 by Nathalie Marchand. 3787 page views

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