Cryogenics opens new laboratory in Woburn, MA USA to assist researchers in biotechnological development

January 30, 2014

(Woburn, MA) -- Cryogenetics, the world leader in fish reproduction products and services, is proud to announce the official opening of the company’s US division; Cryogenetics Inc. in Woburn, MA.

Cryogenetics hosted an opening ceremony and reception on Thursday, January 30th, at 14D Gill Street, Woburn, MA, to mark the opening of their new facility. The ceremony was held in collaboration with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and MassBio.

Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is one of the world’s most researched model organisms for medical and biological research, used by more than 850 institutes in the USA alone. Cryogenetics has developed a new procedure for cryopreservation and storage of zebrafish sperm. This is a good alternative for conservation of valuable genetic lines, and an important component to laboratories’ disaster planning. Trials have shown that the company’s method for cryopreservation of zebrafish sperm provides an average of 70-80 % fertilization with thawed sperm.

"The Boston area was a natural first choice for locating our unit based on the area's reputation of being the world leading cluster for biotechnological development,” said Jorn Ulhiem, Managing Director of Cryogenetics. “Our Woburn unit is a world class cryopreservation laboratory and the most advanced unit Cryogenetics has constructed. The company expects this lab to become a significant and trusted service provider for the U.S. zebrafish community, setting a new global standard for effective use and backing of valuable genetic lines."

“Thanks to our growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure, Massachusetts continues to lead the world in life sciences,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We welcome Cryogenetics Inc. to Massachusetts and look forward to their contributions to our thriving life sciences community.”

“On behalf of the Center, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Cryogenetics Inc. as they open their first U.S facility here in Massachusetts,” said Susan Windham Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the agency charged with implementing Governor Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative.

“Massachusetts is a great choice for Cryogenetics – we are a global leader in genetics research and our strong technology-oriented workforce will provide the talent base that Cryogenetics needs as they grow their business here.”

“Cryogenetics’ decision to grow in Massachusetts highlights the strength of the cluster here in the Commonwealth and underlines our reputation for being a place for global companies to find a home,” said Robert Coughlin, President & CEO of MassBio. “We’re thrilled to have such a cutting-edge, growing company join the Massachusetts supercluster.”

“Cryogenetics is exactly the type of innovative life sciences business we are trying to attract to the Commonwealth and to the city of Woburn,” said Rep. Dwyer. “I look forward to working with them to help provide them with the tools to create jobs and thrive as a business.”

“Woburn has long maintained a strong commitment when it comes to smart economic planning—particularly given this area’s talented workforce and Woburn’s great location at I-95 and I-93,” said Mayor Scott Galvin. “Global leadership in biotechnology and life sciences innovation are essential components of this area’s economic fabric, and we are pleased to welcome Cryogenetics to the City of Woburn.”

The 5,400 square-foot facility will house both individual zebrafish tank rooms and separate cryopreservation labs for zebrafish and finfish. Storage will be provided for frozen sperm samples in liquid nitrogen dewars at the facility in Woburn. In addition, Cryogenetics will have a second repository location offsite to ensure a secure back-up of valuable genetic material.

Cryogenetics has developed successful protocols for cryopreservation of milt (sperm) from more than 10 fish species, and provides products and services worldwide. Among the clients are some of the world’s largest salmon producers and nature conservation programs in several countries.

The Norwegian based company has grown quickly since it’s founding in 2007, and now holds divisions in Chile, Canada and the USA in addition to the headquarters in Norway.

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Cryogenetics Inc.
Cryogenetics develops and offers products and services aiming for better reproduction and higher fertilization of aquatic species. By being a leader in applying biotechnological processes, Cryogenetics gives their customers cost reducing solutions suited to their production.

For more information about Cryogenetics, please visit www.cryogenetics.com.

Cryogenetics’ new facility in Woburn is located at the following address:

14 Gill Street – Unit D Woburn, MA 01801 Phone: +1 (781) 281-7397

Press contacts:
Carrie Carmichael
Laboratory Manager
Cryogenetics Inc., USA
email: carrie@cryogenetics.com
Mobile: 541-729-9143

Angus G. McQuilken
Vice President for Communications & Marketing
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
amcquilken@masslifesciences.com
617-921-7749

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