Embrex Inc. of Research Triangle Park, N.C., has entered into aleasing and licensing agreement with Tyson Foods Inc. for itsInovoject egg injection system.

The Inovoject system can inoculate 20,000 to 30,000 fertileeggs in an hour and is intended to replace the manualvaccination of day-old chicks with in-the-egg vaccinationsduring incubation.

Embrex says its testing of Inovojectr resulted in healthierchicks due to earlier introduction of disease-preventingvaccines.

Americans consume an average of 70 pounds of chickenannually, according to the company.

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