Agri-tech start-up behind world-first automatic livestock medication system grows its ranks for push into global markets
Award-winning Australian agri-tech company automed has added veterinarian and animal health researcher Dr Neil Charman to its board. Dr Charman, who has spent 27 years working in the animal health sector, will help automed expand its operations globally.
The automed automatic livestock medication system has been on the market since 2015 and is already sold in the Australia and United States with strong interest shown in China, South Korea and Europe.
The system used in the dairy, beef, sheep and pork industries calculates the optimal medication for each animal, administers the dose and automatically records the data. It is a traceable, tamper-proof way of auditing drugs given to all animals from birth to the abattoir and signals the end of underdosing and overdosing.
Dr Charman graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne, School of Veterinary Science in 1990, and at the same university completed a Master of Veterinary Studies in Dairy Medicine and Management in 1995.
After leaving clinical practice in 2004, he completed a Master of Business Administration through La Trobe University in 2006. He joined Pfizer’s Veterinary Medicine Research and Development arm as a clinical research manager in 2007 where he conducted a range of studies during the development of livestock vaccines for both Australia and New Zealand.
He worked in the commercial arm of Pfizer Animal Health Australia between 2010 and 2014 as the strategic technical manager for livestock.
After leaving Pfizer Animal Health in 2014, Dr Charman co-founded Gippsland Research Station Pty Ltd which offers livestock research solutions for animal health organisations.
He is also a partner in South Eastern Equine Hospital and offers consultancy services to the animal health sector.
automed chief executive and co-founder David Edwards said Dr Charman’s hands-on veterinary experience and extensive business, research and scientific acumen gave automed a significant advantage.
“In the past year automed has moved from being a start-up to a global company – it’s been such a rapid progression and we want to capitalise on that great start in 2017,” Mr Edwards said.
“Dr Charman will be a great addition to the discussions around how we strengthen and add to our international relationships in 2017.”
Dr Charman said he was excited at the prospect of being involved in introducing revolutionary agricultural technology across the world.
“I’ve had experience in many areas of the animal health sector – from working as a large animal veterinarian, starting and managing my own veterinary businesses to working in veterinary research and development,” Dr Charman said.
“This is a great opportunity to use all my experience in the one place for an Australian company that market observers should be keeping a close eye on.”
automed is suitable for injectable, pour-on and oral medications and is focused on how to sustainably raise animals that consumers can have confidence in.
The easy-to-use automed applicator weighing 400 grams records vital information. Farmers can view data about the medication administered to their livestock via desktop computers and smartphones. Data can be stored in a cloud and technical support is provided by the company.