Company News: Boehringer Ingelheim, Diamond V

( Alison Fulton, Farm Journal )

Boehringer Ingelheim Acquires Stake in SoundTalks NV

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) has acquired a minority stake in SoundTalks NV, a Belgian company. SoundTalks NV has developed a digital monitoring tool that seeks to improve the healthcare of pigs and helps farmers operate more efficiently, according to a company release.

BI plans to install the SoundTalksTM system in select pig barns in the US and other major swine markets this spring in a pilot program.

The SoundTalksTM system revolves around a digital microphone that records pigs coughing. It relies on an algorithm to differentiate coughing from other sounds in a pig barn and thus detects increased coughing that could signal respiratory distress. The system lets farmers and veterinarians intervene more quickly to obtain samples and get a diagnosis.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

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Diamond V Hires Wang Yuanlin to Lead China Business

Diamond V, a global animal health business, continues to grow its leadership team in Asia Pacific, with Wang Yuanlin joining the company as Country Director – China. 
Prior to joining Diamond V, Wang worked eight years with DSM Animal Nutrition & Health China. His last position was B2B Sales Director, leading a team of more than 30 employees. Before DSM, he worked for Beijing Challenge Group, a major feed additive and premix company, as a Branch Manager in western China.
Wang earned his MBA from China's Southwestern University of Finance & Economics and is a graduate of the Sichuan Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine, where in majored in Aquaculture. 
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