Research and development

With innovation being one of our corporate values, we place great emphasis on the need to continually shift scientific boundaries. Our research teams are located around the world, as the need to find talented scientists, more than ever, knows no national boundaries.

As a result, we have a global research and development (R&D) structure with pharmaceutical centres in Libourne (France), Kansas City (USA), PaulĂ­nia (Brazil), Cavriago (Italy) and Midrand (SA). Our R&D biological centres are located in Kansas City (USA), Cuernavaca (Mexico), Campinas (Brazil), Budapest (Hungary), Tokyo (Japan) and Midrand (SA).  

Our Research and Development Expenditure is 9.1% of Sales, and we have 16 Research sites worldwide.

CEVA's decentralised structure allows each team great autonomy to develop their own ideas, while regular expert group meetings give our teams the opportunity to network internally as well as with the many external institutes, universities and private research groups that contribute significantly to our R&D programmes.


Research in South Africa focuses mainly on work in the ruminant sector of the market, with occasional work in swine (in collaboration with Phylaxia and Libourne), poultry and companion animal product development is also undertaken from time to time.  The main objectives are:

Criteria for dossier development

  • formulation development
  • method development and validation
  • pilot batch production
  • stability testing
  • tolerance studies
  • residue studies
  • efficacy studies
  • pharmacokinetic studies

Marketing and customer support 

  • pharmacokinetic studies
  • spreadability studies (Pour-ons)
  • faecal egg count reduction tests (FECRT)
  • product evaluation
  • pharmacovigilance
  • application methods
  • disease surveys

New product development projects range from development and testing of ecto- and endoparasiticides to vaccines. 

Most of the studies are conducted on 2 Research Farms, one for cattle and one for sheep, which Ceva South Africa manage in collaboration with 2 farmers.  The cattle farm has all of the major tick species that are present in SA, which makes it ideal for ecto-parasite research.  The sheep farm has a nucleus of breeding ewes present from which animals are taken for various research projects.

Last update: 13/08/2013