EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
ICT² : Innovative Cell Therapy
Project sponsor : Normandy Biotech
Approved by the Pôle Hippolia in 2006, the ICT² project aims to develop an innovative treatment of equine joint injuries using Innovative Cell Therapy (ICT) technology. This regenerates bone and cartilage from living autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) activated through a NB14 complex which is a small biodegradable sphere that interacts with MSCs to promote their action on lesions. The treatment developed by the ICT² project reduces the time the horse is immobilised by a third and removes all risk of recurrence. Among other things, the ICT² project allowed the creation of the Normandy Biotech company and three jobs. This project was co-funded by FUI.
CEM: CONTAGIOUS EQUINE METRITIS – IMPROVED DIAGNOSIS
Project sponsor : ANSES Dozulé Equine Pathology Laboratory
Approved in 2011, the CEM research project has helped us understand the lifestyle of bacteria responsible for contagious equine metritis (CEM) to provide a more efficient way to fight against this genital disease. Research conducted so far has revealed that Taylorella have very demanding growth and high sensitivity to the various antibiotics tested. A chromogenic substrate to facilitate the identification of the desired bacterial agent is currently being selected. The results on this line of research are very promising. One job has been created thanks to this project and two scientific papers have been published in international journals.
EXAMPLES OF DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES PROJECTS
SIM : Saddle In Motion
Project sponsor : Sellerie de Nontron – CWD France
Approved in 2012, the objective of the SIM2-Saddle in Motion 2 project was to analyse the movements of the back of a show jumping horse while jumping to create a saddle ultra-adapted to the horse’s movements and thereby improving both its comfort and that of the rider for increased performance. This work also answers a number of questions about the biomechanics of the horse’s back by analysing the movements of the back and the distribution of pressure from the saddle and rider. The results obtained by this project will be primarily used to manufacture high-tech products. However, this knowledge will be transferred to veterinary surgeons to help them better understand and treat back pain in sport horses.
Equisense : FIRST CONNECTED SENSOR FOR MORE PERFORMANCE AND WELFARE
Project sponsor : Equisense
The Equisense project involves the creation of a connected object to the increase rider / horse progress based on the horse’s physical condition. This sensor is able to monitor training sessions, provide an accurate analysis of the exercises performed, and monitor the horse’s symmetry while working. This project, which was approved in 2015, has already allowed a start-up with the same name to be created and the creation of 15 jobs. The latter launched a successful crowd funding campaign (3.5 times the original target) and pre-orders of the sensor were launched in October 2015.
EXAMPLES OF GROWTH-GENERATING PROJECTS
EquuRES : FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL LABEL IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY
Project sponsor : Normandy Horse Council
Approved in 2011 and 2012, the EquuRES project, sponsored by the Normandy Horse Council, helped develop an “environment and animal welfare” quality brand specific to equine activities. EquuRES is a unique and transversal quality control tool for all horse industry structures. This label, which was officially created in 2014, also helps develop and disseminate expertise and best practices of the horse industry and sustain activities. 24 entities in the horse industry received the label in 2014 and national deployment of the action began in 2015. A version specifically for equestrian events has also been developed: “EquuRES Events”.
ESNED 2: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE NETWORK FOR EQUINE DISEASES
Project sponsor : AVEF
The project, approved in 2008, involved creating a national epidemiological surveillance structure in Normandy. The project was intended to both coordinate epidemiological surveillance activities and reflections on equine diseases in France and manage health crises. The implementation of this project enabled a network of sentinel veterinary surgeons to be established and the creation of various tools to rapidly alert health, socio-professional, and public authorities.