Unveiling the vHive Incubator at The University of Surrey.

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A Day of Discovery in Veterinary Innovation

Our recent trip to the University of Surrey provided the Arpexas team with a unique opportunity to meet with potential collaborators at the forefront of research in animal health innovation. We were hosted by vHive’s Veterinary Director, Professor Alasdair (Alex) Cook, and were introduced to Dr. Oluwole Oni & Dr. Klara Wanelik, whose interests include audio monitoring in poultry to detect disease and other changes and then a meeting Professor Kevin Wells at the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) to hear about exciting practical applications of AI, machine learning and LLMs in animal health.

The Launch Event

Following our meetings the main event was the launch of the vHive Incubator, a new start-up incubator in the UK focusing on animal health. Located at the university’s Vet School, the initiative is a collaboration between the University of Surrey and Zoetis, the largest global AH company.  It provides a supportive environment for businesses to grow and aims to offer a range of services including lab and office space, mentorship and guidance from industry experts, and access to funding and investment opportunities.

At the launch, we heard from Professor Tony Whetton, Director of vHive, and Oliver Boucher from Zoetis, who both shared their visions for the incubator’s future. Their talks paved the way for panel discussions and presentations by the start-ups currently involved in the Incubator.

The evening concluded on a high note with networking over drinks and canapés, leading to engaging conversations and potential collaborations with peers in the industry.

The vHive Incubator launch was an informative and productive experience for us at Arpexas, affirming the exciting prospects for the future of animal health through innovation.  We are looking at potential uses of AI and social media to understand animal health markets better in LMICs.

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