DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR SEMEN DEVICE CREATED BY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER, TEXAS TECH RESEARCHERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Nov. 30, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK – Embryonic Technologies of Austin today announced a five-year North American equine distribution contract valued at $23 million with Breeders Choice LLC for an innovative semen device to be used in horse breeding.

The device was developed by Samuel Prien, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Dustie Johnson, Ph.D., a recent doctoral graduate in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University.

A patent for the device, licensed with Embryonic Technologies, was issued in March. The technology encompasses the method of collecting sperm as well as the container into which the sperm are collected.

Devices for use with cattle, horses and sheep are currently in production and being marketed worldwide. Designs of the semen devices for use with pigs and with humans are complete and should be ready for testing by Jan. 1, 2006.

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