Notably, the collaboration between the two companies started in 2008. Neogen has been one of Illumina's largest agrigenomic customers. Neogen’s GeneSeek genomics laboratory, which is a key part of the company’s operations, provides SNP genotyping and next generation sequencing services for cattle, pigs, horses, and other animal and plant species.
Under the terms of the latest deal, laboratories around the world will be able to use Neogen’s highly researched chips. The agreement will allow international genotyping service laboratories to buy the GeneSeek Genomic Profiler (GGP) SNP arrays from Illumina.
The GGP products, which are available in both high and low density options, screen animal DNA for gene-marker variations linked to important performance traits. The products which will be initially offered, per the deal, are Neogen's bovine, porcine, and equine genomic profiling products.
We believe the newly inked agreement with Illumina will help Neogen’s products earn greater visibility in the international market, which in turn, should boost sales growth.
Neogen has been hitting the right chords lately. On Jun 9, the manufacturer of food and animal safety products apprised the launch of an advanced version of its AccuPoint ATP Hygiene Monitoring System. The new upgraded version has samplers with new technology, which can efficiently collect residues that are left behind after hygiene and sanitization efforts. The upgraded product will help expand the company’s existing customer base.