NEOGEN Corp. last week announced the acquisition of Scidera Genomics LLC, an animal genetics company based in Davis, Cal., that formerly operated as MetaMorphix Inc.
MetaMorphix pioneered the development of bovine, poultry, swine and canine genetic selection since DNA was first used in the early 1990s.
Scidera has "critical patents and other intellectual property" for genetic testing and has long-term relationships with cattle and dog breed registries, including American Bucking Bull Inc. and the American Kennel Club.
Scidera represents "a perfect complement" to Neogen's genomics operations, GeneSeek and Igenity, said Dr. Jason Lilly, Neogen vice president for corporate development.
The combination of the three businesses makes Neogen a global leader in animal genomics analysis and tools, he added.
Neogen plans to retain Scidera's employees and run the company from Davis, according to the announcement.
The acquisition was effective Jan. 1 and will be housed in Neogen's animal safety division. Terms were not disclosed.
Neogen acquired GeneSeek, a leading agricultural genetics laboratory that worked with animal health companies around the world, three years ago (Feedstuffs, April 12, 2010). At the time, GeneSeek conducted genetic sampling for Igenity to use in its bioinformatics database to identify key animal production traits. Neogen acquired Igenity last year (Feedstuffs, May 7, 2012).
Neogen, headquartered in Lansing, Mich., develops and markets products for animal and food safety. The company reported fiscal 2012 sales that totaled $184.0 million.