VIDO-InterVac celebrates its 40th Anniversary today with release of 2014-2015 Annual Report

Sep 25, 2015

September 25th marks the 40th anniversary of VIDO-InterVac. Today, VIDO-InterVac releases its 2014-2015 Annual Report. John LaClare, Board Chair, has this message to share:

"VIDO-InterVac stands a testament to the vision and commitment of not only those that contributed to the organization’s creation in 1975, but to all those who have followed. To all of those who have turned dreams into reality, who have brought their knowledge, skills and financial support to solve some of the most perplexing issues facing both animal and human health. Early in my career I listened to livestock industry leaders speak to the importance of VIDO and its work. If only they could have imagined the VIDO-InterVac of today, its impact on human and animal health, its facilities and most importantly its personnel. 

VIDO-InterVac is proud of its humble beginnings in 1975 which set the stage for the organization’s ongoing success. In 1978, VIDO launched its first vaccine “VICOGEN,” a vaccine for calf scours, in collaboration with Connaught Laboratories. This was a game changer for the livestock sector: calving season was transformed from a time of struggle to one of fulfillment. The growth continued with: additional vaccines commercialized; startup companies created; employment growth for the province as staffing increased; broadened research goals to include human infectious diseases; the opening of a research station and major containment level 2 and 3 expansions; and ISO 9001 certification. The accomplishments continue. 

In 2015, we celebrate VIDO-InterVac’s 40-year history. It has continued to advance science to the betterment of both human and animal populations. It has distinguished itself as a world leader in both vaccines and delivery platforms. As with those that have come before us, we can only imagine VIDO-InterVac 40 years from now, its successes far outpacing what we currently envision as possible. 

Indeed, VIDO-InterVac’s success has been the result of its depth of talent, inspired leadership, sage counsel and mutually-beneficial partnerships. It has and will continue to be a collective effort. On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to acknowledge the entire VIDO-InterVac team for their efforts, enthusiasm and commitment."

The entire 2014-2015 Annual Report is available for download on the Annual Reports page.