Hester Pharmaceuticals Ltd, an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, is into manufacturing of poultry vaccines. Since 1985 it had been involved in the marketing and distribution of veterinary medicines. After having established the manufacturing facility in 1997, Hester obtained license to produce 11 types of live poultry vaccines and 28 types of killed (Inactivated) poultry vaccines. Hester Pharmaceuticals is planning to approach the Government of India to seek permission to import avian influenza vaccines for poultry from Merial, France and the US. It will also seek permission to import the FLU DETECT Antigen Capture Test Strip from Synbiotics, USA.It has embarked on an expansion plan to increase its production capacity from 1.2 billion doses of poultry vaccines to 4.8 billion doses. It also plans to diversify into production of cattle and sheep vaccine once its expansion plans are executed. The total cost of expansion is Rs 26 crore. Its total sales rose from Rs 7.68 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 20.17 crore in 2005-06.