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Weatherbys Scientific appointed as USA, UK and Ireland distribution partner for VHLGenetics
Wageningen, The Netherlands, 9 January 2017 — VHLGenetics has signed an agreement with a new distributor in Ireland, leading genomic service providing laboratory; Weatherbys Scientific, will market the products of VHLGenetics in the USA, Ireland and United Kingdom.
The agreement allows Weatherbys Scientific to sell VHLGenetics’ products in agreed global territories including the USA, UK and Ireland. As a specialist in the field of equine and bovine genotyping, the addition of dedicated genotyping and mutation detection for other animal species like cats and dogs are a welcome addition to the product portfolio of Weatherbys Scientific. “The products of VHLGenetics represent a valuable addition to our current portfolio”, said Aaron Venables, the COO of Weatherbys Scientific. “Using CombiBreed as an established brand in the field of canine and feline genetic tests, will help us to meet the needs of the private owners and breeders. Using the highly trusted Weatherbys brand we are dedicated to promoting these genetic tests to assist breeders and owners as a tool for improved animal welfare”.
The new collaboration with Weatherbys Scientific fits the strategy of VHLGenetics to further sell DNA tests for highly attractive prices. “It is still highly important for VHLGenetics to build global networks”, said Maarten de Groot, the CFO of VHLGenetics. “Using Weatherbys Scientific’s expertise and brand reputation as a genomic service provider, we have a strong partner to actively market our genetic portfolio in new territories. This will strengthen both VHLGenetics’ and Weatherbys Scientific’s position as leading genomics service providers in Europe”.
In recent years, VHLGenetics has been focusing on collaborations with strong partners. Previously, distribution agreements were signed in other European countries, including Spain, Norway and France. Agreements with other distributors are expected to be signed over the next years.
For more information, please contact Maarten de Groot at VHLGenetics: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VHLGenetics is a leading service provider with three business units in The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. For over 30 years DNA has been the core of the organization, serving customers with research and routine tests. Tests are based on materials originating from animals, plants and micro-organisms. VHLGenetics continually improves the technology and instrumentation in its laboratories to maintain its leading position.
Weatherbys is a privately-owned family business, which has been operating successfully since 1770. The core business is responsible for UK Racing Administration, as well continuing our role registering all thoroughbred horses in Britain and Ireland within The General Stud Book. Weatherbys also manages a range of profitable commercial activities, which include racecard production, traditional and digital bloodstock publishing, pedigree analysis, racing industry data services, and event ticketing.
In Ireland, we also run a laboratory service (Weatherbys Scientific) which has provided a range of multi-species tests to an international client base over the last 30 years. More recently, Weatherbys Scientific has become a worldwide centre of excellence in animal genotyping, especially in the ruminant sector and is currently conducting 1m cattle DNA tests as part of its expanding portfolio of work.
Separately, the Group also includes a successful private bank which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
The Weatherbys organisation is proud of its heritage and its reputation for customer service excellence. Today it has established ambitious growth plans and is undertaking investments in technology and its people to help drive expansion, efficiency and future profitability. The company’s Brand Vision builds on its reputation and its core values:
To be universally admired for delivering and inspiring new standards in customer service.
About Weatherbys Scientific:
Weatherbys Scientific commenced parentage testing thoroughbred horses using blood typing technology in 1985. The business was incorporated as part of Weatherbys General Stud Book and established operations at a leased facility on the same site as the Irish Equine Centre in Johnstown. Once established, it also offered services to the non-thoroughbred equine market (sport horses) and other equine stud books. In 2000, the technology for parentage verification changed from blood typing to Micro Satellite DNA markers. Weatherbys Scientific embraced this new technology and also started offering parentage testing services for other species – bovine, ovine, canine, companion and exotic. As the level of scientific expertise developed in the business, so too did the suite of DNA based services offered, and in 2010 it commenced genotyping cattle using SNP technology. The team quickly developed a reputation for service and versatility and genotyped cattle using the Illumina 7k low density SNP chip in 2012.
Its reputation for service has been strengthening over time. Close relationships were established with the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF) in 2012 and 2013, and the Laboratory team collaborated, through a research project, in the development of a customised SNP chip (IDB) for dairy and beef breeds, genotyping 20,000 cattle.
Weatherbys Scientific has achieved significant technical milestones – it is an institutional member of the scientific body of the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) and it is also accredited by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR). The laboratory is also approved with Propel certification by Illumina, and has been selected as an Illumina Beta testing laboratory for new technologies.