Research and innovation in animal health: a strengthened partnership between INRAE and Ceva Santé Animale

A shared commitment to the "One Health" global health concept

February 18, 2021, Paris: Philippe Mauguin, CEO of INRAE and Dr. Marc Prikazsky, Chairman & CEO of Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva), signed a first framework agreement aimed at consolidating their collaboration in animal health. This signature comes in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the outbreak of avian influenza in France. It affirms a shared objective of conducting joint "One Health” work, a global health concept at the crossroads of animal, human and environmental health and in particular, the prevention of infectious diseases of animal origin and the improvement of animal welfare.

Dr. Marc Prikazsky, CEO of Ceva Santé Animale and Philippe Mauguin, CEO of INRAE

The Covid-19 pandemic, most likely, an infectious disease of animal origin (zoonoses) and the recent wave of avian influenza impacting Europe, have highlighted the need to build knowledge of the potential risks for the emergence of new epidemics, as well as the necessity to either prevent them or improve control solutions. For over 40 years, INRAE, led by the Carnot France Futur Elevage Institute and Ceva, the leading French-based veterinary biopharmaceutical company, have been conducting joint projects to develop new pharmaceuticals and vaccines for farm animals (poultry, pigs, ruminants). 

The existing partnership in addition to licensing INRAE technologies, involves many forms of collaboration, including exchange of laboratory personnel, testing of anti-infective treatments and vaccines and several joint research projects - the European H2020 PIGS program - Program for Innovative Global Prevention of Streptococcus Suis - scheduled to be completed in 2021. The VISIONS project (tick vaccination), MARDISHED project (for the protection of Marek's disease on poultry farms) and the Master 1&2 training program IDOH (Infectious Diseases and One Health) involving 36 academies and companies and financed by the EU (Erasmus fund) since 2017. 

The two share a common vision of how to transform current farming practices to be as sustainable and animal welfare-friendly. This agreement provides a framework for action priorities in terms of research, innovation and economic development, and intensifies their interactions in two areas:

Area 1: Diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases
  • Early detection/diagnosis of diseases (precision breeding and artificial intelligence, "bedside" diagnosis)
  • Vaccines and immunostimulants
  • Antibiotics and alternative treatments (pre-probiotics, bacteriophages, etc.)
Area 2: Optimization of production and animal welfare

Optimization of reproduction (fertility, fecundity) and milk production
Improvement of animal welfare (behaviour/pheromones)

"This is a great example of the type of partnership with the socio-economic world that our research institute is keen to develop. Our strengthened partnership with Ceva should enable us to accelerate the development of innovative vaccine solutions and other innovations for the welfare of farm animals."

Philippe Mauguin, INRAE CEO

“Ten years ago, Ceva committed to become a "One Health" company. The current covid crisis has made us aware that no single person, entity or country will be able to protect their health without better cooperation. Any change will therefore depend on new forms of collaboration between private and public institutions, developed and emerging economies, human and animal health. Faced with this urgency to act, we look forward to expanding our partnership with INRAE to develop innovative solutions or the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Our initiatives will contribute to improving interactions between animal, human and plant health, while respecting the future of our planet.”

Dr. Marc Prikazsky, Ceva Santé Animale CEO


About INRAE:
Created on January 1, 2020, the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) is a major player in research and innovation. INRAE carries out targeted research and resulted from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA. It is a community of 12,000 people with 268 research, experimental research, and support units located in 18 regional centres throughout France. Internationally, INRAE is among the top research organisations in the agricultural and food sciences, plant and animal sciences, as well as in ecology and environmental science. It is the world’s leading research organisation specialising in agriculture, food and the environment. INRAE’s goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. Faced with a growing world population, climate change, resource scarcity, and declining biodiversity, the institute is developing solutions that involve multiperformance agriculture, high-quality food, and the sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Contact : +33 (0)1 42 75 91 86 –

About Ceva Santé Animale:
Ceva Santé Animale is a French multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company created in 1999. Chaired by Dr. Marc Prikazsky, Ceva specializes in the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for livestock (ruminants, swine, poultry) and companion animals. Ceva is present in 110 countries and employs over 6000 people worldwide.

Contact: Martin Mitchell - Group Communication Director
+33 (0)5 57 55 40 80 -


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