IgY industries and markets

Ricardo S. Vieira-Pires, Hyeong Chul Ahn, Marina Bok, Catherine D. Caulfield, Pablo Chacana, Fazle Elahi, Anders O. Larsson, Carlos Leónidas Leiva, Leonard M. Moran, Patricia M. Morgan, Viviana Parreño, Celina G. Vega, Andrés Wigdorovitz

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Applications of the knowledge of avian IgY biology from establishing proof-of-concept studies to the formation of new industries and markets has been very poorly documented. It is particularly relevant to clearly present to a broader audience the real-world companies and industries that are translating the unique capabilities of birds and their antibodies into new products and services with worldwide impact. Herein we showcase a selection of what we termed IgY companies and elucidate how these are exploiting opportunities in areas such as biopharmaceuticals, functional foods or cosmetics, animal nutrition, large scale IgY manufacture or even vaccine production. A brief overview of the current IgY-technology intellectual property landscape and its peculiarities is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIgY-Technology
Subtitle of host publicationProduction and Application of Egg Yolk Antibodies: Basic Knowledge for a Successful Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9783030726881
ISBN (Print)9783030726867
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Human and animal health
  • Immunoprophylaxis and immunodiagnosis
  • Intellectual property
  • Large-scale IgY manufacture
  • Vaccines


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