Fish harvest 05 Apr

This article by Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., was first published April 2, 2019, on Forbes. Aquaculture is thefastest-growing sectorin the food animal industry. The global human population will eat 30 million tons of fish by 2030, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The industry, however, is yet to overcome many of the technological […]

03 Apr

Covenant Animal Health Partners will participate at the Kisaco Research event, Animal Health Investment USA, April 10-11, 2019 in Boston. Covenant executives Thomas Overbay, DVM, and Robert Nordgren, Ph.D., will join partners from TechAccel at the event. TechAccel CEO Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., and Principal Brett Morris will be presenting; Chief Science Officer Brad Fabbri, Ph.D., and […]

14 Mar

By Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D. Why bother? That’s been the conventional wisdom when it comes to investing in animal health. After all, it’s a complex and somewhat closed ecosystem. It’s smaller than the human health markets. It carries a lot of risk, with lots of red flags that come with complicated regulatory environments. And even the […]

veterinarian with cattle 27 Feb

This article, by Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., was originally published in Forbes Feb. 14, 2019. From a polarizing EU court decision to the mainstreaming of the cannabis market, agtech and animal health are in a constant state of change. Don’t look for that to slow down in the coming year, as evolving global regulations, major industrial […]

Animal AgTech Innovation Summit logo 20 Jan

Covenant Animal Health Partners will participate at the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, March 18, 2019, in San Francisco. This conference is held the day before the World AgriTech Innovation Summit.     At the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, Brett Morris, Principal, will participate in a panel discussion: “Investor Debate — How Corporate Venture Funds and VCs View […]

Veterinarian with dairy cattle 10 Jan

This opinion piece was first published Jan. 8, 2019, by Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., in Forbes. Avoiding widespread use and abuse of antibiotics — particularly at sub-therapeutic levels — is one way of limiting resistance-related outbreaks, but how far should we go? Especially since we lack thorough, comprehensive evidence that antibiotic use in food animals results […]

VMX logo 07 Jan

Three of the Covenant Animal Health Partners team will attend the 2019 VMX — Veterinary Meeting and Expo — Jan. 18 through 23 in Orlando, Fla. Attending are: Thomas Overbay, DVM Tom Kennedy, Ph.D. Bob Nordgren, Ph.D     The team is also attending the separate event: the A Feather in Her Cap Awards Ceremony. Feather […]

23 Nov

  This article was originally published Nov. 21, 2018 in Global AgInvesting.    By Thomas Overbay, D.V.M. and Managing Director, Covenant Animal Health Partners   Right now there are more connected “things” than there are people on this planet. Early last year, Gartner predicted the Internet of Things (IoT) would have at least 8.4 billion […]

02 Nov

This opinion piece was first published Nov. 1, 2018, by Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D.,  in Forbes: “Is It Time To Sell The Farm?” This harvest season, American soy farmers are missing their biggest customer. “They can’t get rid of the beans,” said Joe Ericson, president of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, because China will not […]

26 Sep

By Michael Helmstetter, Partner, Covenant Animal Health Partners, and President & CEO, TechAccel Unlike the agtech investment space, animal health has traditionally been a quieter and lonelier ecosystem. It has also been a historically underappreciated investment market. These days, the animal health market mirrors the ag market in consolidations and shake-ups — with the recent Elanco IPO, the acquisitions […]