Food Safety Expert Neogen in Lansing Acquires Ireland-based Megazyme Ltd.

Neogen Corp. in Lansing, which develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety, today announced it has acquired Ireland-based Megazyme, Ltd. — a major supplier of analytical solutions used by quality control laboratories in the global food and beverage industries.
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Megazyme lactose kits
Lansing’s Neogen Corp. has acquired Ireland’s Megazyme, a supplier for quality control laboratories. Pictured are lactose kits by Megazyme. // Photo courtesy of Megazyme, Ltd.

Neogen Corp. in Lansing, which develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety, today announced it has acquired Ireland-based Megazyme, Ltd. — a major supplier of analytical solutions used by quality control laboratories in the global food and beverage industries.

Megazyme will continue to operate as a standalone business, and will be managed through Neogen’s European operations in Scotland. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Megazyme was founded in 1988 with the core mission of developing and refining analytical methods used to measure the carbohydrates and enzymes in grain and cereal products that affect quality.

Subsequently, their interests expanded to the wine, dairy, and food industries. Megazyme’s diagnostics, which are exclusively developed and manufactured in-house, are known for innovative methodologies and component purity.

“The integration of the Megazyme product line into Neogen’s traditional food safety products will allow us to expand our commercial relationships across food companies and ensure not only safe food, but the highest quality and nutritional content,” says Dr. Jason Lilly, Neogen’s vice president of international business.

Dr. Barry McCleary, Megazyme’s co-founder and CEO, will continue to be a strategic advisor to Neogen in the area of food quality diagnostics. “I … look forward to working with Neogen to develop and market new and innovative dietary fiber and carbohydrate analysis products and solutions.”

Megazyme was founded in Sydney, Australia, and has been based in Bray, Ireland, since 1996. Since its beginning, Megazyme has focused on the development of test kits and reagents for use in analytical and research laboratories.

“Neogen’s acquisition of Megazyme provides a natural and complementary expansion of our food diagnostics portfolio while aligning with a mission of providing comprehensive leading solutions to global food producers,” says Doug Hopek, Neogen’s senior director and head of corporate development. “Megazyme is a rapid diagnostics business that extends our traditional food safety products and services.”

Megazyme won the 2016 Irish Times Innovation Award in the Life Sciences and Healthcare category, represented Ireland in the European Business Awards in 2017 and 2018 and was named “Food Laboratory of the Year” in the Irish Laboratory Awards, 2020. For more information on the company, visit www.megazyme.com.

Neogen’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.

Neogen’s Animal Safety Division develops animal genomics along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care, and disinfectants.

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