Incorporated as a private limited company in Apr.'87, Hester Pharmaceutical (HPL) was converted into a public limited company in Nov.'93. HPL markets and distributes veterinary and pharmaceutical products like animal health products, poultry vaccines, poultry diagnostic, laboratory kits and reagents. It markets the veterinary products of many international companies including Ghen Corporation, Japan; Maine Biological Laboratories, US; Idexx Corporation, US; International Diagnostic Systems Corporation, US; Biogal Galed Laboratories, Israel; and Kemin Europa, Belgium. The company's own production of veterinary vaccines (in Vials) is expected to commence soon. HPL has technical collaborations with Maine Biological Laboratories and Ghen Corporation. During 1996-97, company successfully implemented veterinary vaccine and commercial production has begun. The company has received licenses for producing 10 additional poultry vaccines.It has also signed an manufacturing agreement with Sinsui Inc for producing poultry vaccines.