NEW YORK, Feb 14 – Incyte has licensed its databases and will provide custom genomic services to GenomicFX, a company that is developing genomic diagnostic tools for cattle and swine breeding and production, the companies said Wednesday.
GenomixFX of Austin, Texas, has licensed Incyte's LifeSeq Gold and Zooseq databases for an undisclosed amount. In addition, Incyte will provide GenomicFX with custom services that will enable it to create proprietary cattle and swine genome databases.
"Our partnership with Incyte allows us to apply the understanding gained in mapping the human genome and the significant overlap between the genetic codes of humans and animals," said Tom Burnell, GenomicFX CEO, in a statement. "This will allow us to more quickly develop genetic information tools that ranchers, feedlot owners, food companies, and retailers can leverage to help make better breeding, production, and marketing decisions."
GenomicFX may also create an animal blood test that helps livestock breeders select animals for high quality meat production capabilities and an identification tool to verify the breed or origin of a cut of meat.
Incyte’s other database customers include Abbott labs, Agilent, Bayer, Corning, Eli Lilly, and Johnson & Johnson.