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Neogen Acquires Scidera Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Neogen today said that it has acquired animal genomics business Scidera Genomics for an undisclosed amount.

Formerly operating as MetaMorphix, or MMI Genomics, Scidera develops cattle, poultry, swine, and canine genetic tests. It is based in Davis, Calif., and owns "critical patents and other intellectual property" associated with the cattle and canine industries, according to Neogen. Scidera also has long-term relationships with dog breed registries, including the American Kennel Club, and cattle breed associations such as the American Akaushi Association and American Bucking Bull.

"Scidera's highly respected technical staff and customer base represent a perfect complement to Neogen's animal genomics businesses, GeneSeek and Igenity," Jason Lilly, Neogen's vice president of corporate development, said in a statement. Neogen bought agriculture service laboratory GeneSeek in 2010 and beef and dairy DNA testing firm Ingenity in May 2012.

"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," Lilly continued.

The acquisition was effective Jan. 1. Neogen said it plans to keep Scidera's current employees and to continue operating the business out of Davis.

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