Lansing’s Neogen Acquires Food Safety Assets of Australia’s Cell BioSciences

Neogen Corp., a Lansing-based company that develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety, has acquired the food safety assets of Cell BioSciences, an Australian-based supplier of food safety and industrial microbiology products. Cell BioSciences will continue to operate in its non-food safety markets.
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Neogen has acquired the food safety assets of Cell BioSciences. // Image courtesy of Neogen Corp.

Neogen Corp., a Lansing-based company that develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety, has acquired the food safety assets of Cell BioSciences, an Australian-based supplier of food safety and industrial microbiology products. Cell BioSciences will continue to operate in its non-food safety markets.

“This acquisition completes the Neogen food security trifecta of our genomics, animal safety, and food safety businesses under the umbrella of our Neogen Australasia operations,” says Jason Lilly, Neogen’s vice president of international business. “Our Australian business has tripled its revenues since our acquisition of the genomics lab in 2017.

“Adding the ability to directly sell to our food safety customers allows us to promote, market, and sell our Neogen solutions throughout the region, including to the large vertically integrated beef and dairy companies across Australia and New Zealand.”

Lilly says Neogen will now have a direct sales presence across Australasia for its entire portfolio including food safety, animal safety, and animal genomics. The company founded Neogen Australasia when it acquired The University of Queensland-Animal Genetics Laboratory in September 2017 and has since added animal safety and life science products to its offerings.

Neogen will continue to operate Cell BioSciences’ food safety business at their existing location to ensure customer continuity under Neogen’s name as Neogan Australasia looks to expand operations in a future location.

With the transition, an initial focus for Neogen will be the continuation of Cell BioSciences’ expansion of sales of Neogen microbiology and sanitation monitoring instrument systems. Sales includes Soleris for general microbiology, ANSR for pathogens, and AccuPoint Advanced adenosine triphosphate test systems.

“Cell BioSciences has enjoyed a decade-long partnership with Neogen and has benefited through the sale of highly innovative microbiology products including Soleris and ANSR across Australia,” says Joe Cardamone, managing director of Cell BioSciences. “It is a pleasure to see Neogen’s commitment to the Australian food safety market, and I look forward to transitioning that portion of our business to Neogen, allowing it to expand and grow faster.

“Cell BioSciences remains committed to serving our non-food safety customers and focusing on our non-food safety business.”

Australia is a global exporter of food and animal products such as beef, aquaculture, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Annually, the country exports more than $3 billion each of wheat and bovine meat, and nearly $2 billion of sheep and goat meat.

Neogen Corp. develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’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. Its Animal Safety Division offers animal genomics and animal health care products including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care, and disinfectants.

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