Seoul Viosys Introduces Technology Allowing Farm Animals to Produce Vitamin D3 Naturally

ANSAN, South Korea – Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (“SETi”) and Seoul Viosys (KOSDAQ: 092190), the leading global providers of UV LED technology, announced that SETi and FarrPro have developed and tested ‘Violeds’ technology to modern pig farrowing facilities to supplement piglet vitamin D3 synthesis. Seoul Viosys and SETi have researched and mass-produced Violeds for the past 20 years. FarrPro, Inc. is a U.S. based manufacturer of precision livestock farming solutions for the animal production sector.

Vitamin D need for pigs can be met by intake of supplementals or natural sunlight. However, unlike sunlight, generally used LEDs and conventional artificial lighting make it difficult for animals to naturally produce vitamin D in an indoor setting. Violeds technology is optimized for piglets to produce vitamin D3 naturally. This result is expected to help healthy production when applied to other livestock as well such as fish and birds raised indoors without sunlight. Violeds light source could also be necessary for aquariums and pets to maintain a healthy life.

This experiment (Effect of UVB light supplementation on pre-weaning piglet vitamin D3 synthesis and productivity) was conducted at Iowa State University in the United States as part of Dr. Ben Smith’s doctoral dissertation (Technology and assessment techniques for swine farrowing facility management), and the effect was confirmed by experimenting with piglets that did not receive sunlight and piglets exposed to the Violeds. The results showed an improvement of vitamin D3 in piglets exposed to the Violeds technology without causing sunburns or other negative impacts. The results of this experiment have been submitted to the journal Animals. This technology will be highlighted at the 2021 World Pork Expo (June 9-11; Des Moines, Iowa USA) and the related commercial product VitaLight™ is planned to be released on January 1st, 2022.

“Vitamin D is essential to the function of every major system of the body. Unfortunately, animals raised indoors don’t have access to sunlight and supplementation is difficult. VitaLight™ will change that, passively reducing illness, injury, antibiotic use and stress in livestock, producing animals that are healthier, happier and more profitable,” said Amos Petersen, CEO, FarrPro, Inc.

Research on the properties and usefulness of light is an important area that needs to be researched. More than 10 Nobel Prizes have been awarded in this field since Dr. Finsen of Denmark received the first in 1903. ‘Sunlike’ light, similar to natural sunlight, has been proven to improve sleep, eye health, and concentration. In addition, using Violeds light can improve skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, and psoriasis, as well as improve mood through pain relief and endorphin production.

FarrPro’s VitaLight™ with Violeds technology

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About SETi

Sensor Electronic Technology, inc. (SETi), a division of Seoul Semiconductor and Seoul Viosys, is a company based in Columbia, South Carolina, founded in 1999 by four Ph.D., for research and development of compound semiconductors in the United States. In 2005, SETi received the investment and R&D fund from Seoul Semiconductor and Seoulviosys. For the development project, SETi is also working with the University of South Carolina and the University of California at Santa Barbara, adding depth to its research and development.

Currently, SETi is the only company in the world that can produce UV LEDs from 200nm to 430nm. To learn more, visit http://www.s-et.com/en/.

About Seoul Viosys

Seoul Viosys is a full-line solution provider for UV LED, VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser), the next-generation light source for 3D sensor and laser, and a single-pixel RGB “Micro Clean Pixel” for displays. Established in 2002 as a subsidiary of Seoul Semiconductor, it captured No. 1 market share in the UV LED industry (LEDinside, 2018). Seoul Viosys has an extensive UV LED portfolio with all wavelengths range (200nm to 1600nm) including ultraviolet rays (UV), visible rays and infrared rays. It holds more than 4,000 patents related to UV LED technology. Violeds, its flagship UV LED technology, provides a wide range of industries with optimal solutions for strong sterilization and disinfection (UVC), skin regeneration (UVB), water/air purification and effective cultivation for horticulture. In 2018, Seoul Viosys acquired RayCan, a leading optoelectronic specialist, to add the advanced VCSEL technology which supports smartphone facial recognition and autonomous driving, and has started its mass production. In January 2020, it introduced a disruptive “Micro Clean Pixel” that has the potential to be a game-changer in the display market. To learn more, visit http://www.seoulviosys.com/en/.

About FarrPro, Inc.

FarrPro was founded in 2017 to change the way the world grows pork. VitaLight™ and the company’s line of Haven™ environmental treatment products reduce mortality, save energy, and improve animal welfare by replicating sun-like conditions to create safe, warm and healthy environments for animals raised indoors. Together with the Sentry™ line of data and control solutions, the company is creating the FarrPro Unified Production System™ to bring traceability and automation to the pork industry; providing the insight and control required to improve animal welfare and consumer confidence, prevent disease outbreaks, reduce antibiotic use, rapidly develop vaccines, and safeguard the protein supply chain. To learn more, visit http://www.farrpro.com.

Media Contacts:
Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
Jeonghee Kim
Tel: +82-70-4391-8311
Email: [email protected]

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