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Michigan firm buys Davis-based Scidera

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From page A9 | January 13, 2013 |

Neogen Corp., a Michigan-based firm that makes food and animal safety products, has purchased the assets of Scidera Genomics LLC in Davis.

Scidera formerly operated as MetaMorphix Inc. and MMI Genomics, and was a pioneer in the area of genetic tests for cattle, poultry, wine and dogs.

The acquisition was effective Jan. 1, but terms were not disclosed. Neogen plans to retain Scidera’s current employees and continue to operate from the company’s facilities at 1756 Picasso Ave. in Davis.

“Scidera’s highly respected technical staff and customer base represent a perfect complement to Neogen’s animal genomics businesses, GeneSeek and Igenity,” said Dr. Jason Lilly, Neogen’s vice president of corporate development. “The combination of these companies within Neogen creates the unquestioned global leader in innovative animal genomics tools and analysis.

“We now provide value-added services to leading agricultural genetics providers, large national cattle associations, companion animal breed registries, university researchers, and numerous commercial cattle producers.”

Scidera also has worked with dog breeding organizations like the American Kennel Club, and also with cattle breed groups like the American Akaushi Association and American Bucking Bull Inc.

Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns.

In April 2010, Neogen acquired GeneSeek, then considered the leading commercial agricultural service laboratory in the United States. GeneSeek’s customers included many of the world’s largest animal and animal health companies.

In May 2012, Neogen acquired Igenity. GeneSeek had conducted the genetic testing of samples for Igenity, and Igenity then used that information with its bioinformatics databases to identify the animal’s key production traits. Acquiring Scidera further adds to the genotyping testing technology Neogen can offer to worldwide animal genomics customers.

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