Global genomics giant to establish research hub in Queensland

03 Oct 2017

Neogen Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed food and animal safety company, has established an animal genomics facility at the University of Queensland (UQ).

The US company has acquired the assets of the UQ Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) – one of Australia’s leading animal genomics laboratories.

With the acquisition, AGL has been renamed GeneSeek AustralAsia and become Neogen’s fourth animal genomics laboratory, joining locations in the US, Scotland, and Brazil. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In a UQ media release, Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President, says the partnership would combine the resources and expertise of a NASDAQ-listed multinational company with the research power of UQ to deliver results for Queensland and the world.

‘With the global population predicted to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050 – increasing pressure on land and water resources – primary producers around the world face the challenge of how to do more with less, and with minimal environmental impact,’ he says.

‘Genomics offers a powerful way to improve the productivity, quality, diversification and resilience of plants and animals,’ adds Høj.

The Queensland Government anticipates Neogen will grow from 13 to 29 highly skilled positions in the region over five years. Neogen will also provide ongoing internship opportunities for UQ students to gain valuable work experience in a commercial animal genomics laboratory, greatly enhancing their future employment prospects.

Founded in 1982, Neogen Corporation has grown to more than 1,300 employees in multiple US and international locations.