Neogen Corp. in Lansing, which develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety, has acquired Abtek Biologicals Ltd., a developer and supplier of culture media supplements and microbiology technologies in the United Kingdom. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“The Abtek products are excellent examples of solutions that fit into our food safety business, as well as other areas of industrial microbiology,” says Steve Chambers, managing director of European operations for Neogen. “Over the past 12 months, we have rebranded our culture media offering under the unified Neogen Culture Media, or NCM, brand. We were already working closely with Abtek as a supplier of complementary products to our NCM offering, and this acquisition creates a full integrated offering for our customers.
“The coming 12 months will also see further developments as we launch additional ready-to-use and dehydrated culture media solutions bundled with the Abtek solutions. We have retained key personnel to ensure the same level of service and consistency Abtek’s customers have come to expect of the Abtek brand.”
With the acquisition, Abtek’s Liverpool operations will become Neogen’s third global microbiology manufacturing facility, joining locations in Heywood, England and Lansing. Abtek’s operations will be managed through Neogen’s European headquarters in Ayr, Scotland.
“This acquisition is synergistic in supporting our global manufacturing sites, leverages an existing highly trained technical salesforce and, when coupled with Neogen’s current rapid microbiology diagnostic solutions, clearly demonstrates Neogen’s focus on the importance of food microbiology on a worldwide basis,” says Jason Lilly, vice president of international business for Neogen.
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. Its animal safety division develops animal genomics and animal health care products including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care, and disinfectants.