Completion of the Acquisition of Identigen

The acquisition of IdentiGEN and its leading DNA TraceBack® technology will bolster our portfolio with an evidence-based animal traceability solution for Livestock and Aquaculture to accurately and precisely trace beef, seafood, pork and poultry that is verifiable from farm-to-table, while ensuring a sustainable supply of quality food to protect public health.

With IdentiGEN, we expand our leadership position offerings in DNA-based animal traceability and data analytics. Food producers, processors and retailers are looking for accurate and complete animal traceability solutions that provide full accountability, as well as greater transparency, quality and sustainability of food sources for customers. The combined expertise of our two companies brings together holistic solutions to help advance animal health and complements our existing identification and monitoring technology that delivers real-time, actionable data and insights to help enhance animal management and health outcomes.

An integration team with representatives from Merck Animal Health and IdentiGEN will work together to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible, enabling our company to focus on the critical work we both do as we move forward. We are confident the teams will work together to ensure a consistently high level of service and business continuity for the customers and will maintain the focus on developing innovative technology.

This acquisition again demonstrates our commitment to acquire complementary businesses as part of our quest to be the “Best Animal Health Company.” Our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals® is reinforced as we continue to focus on developing best-in-class pharmaceuticals, vaccines, health management solutions and an extensive suite of digitally connected, end-to-end animal traceability technology to improve the health and safety of animals and ensure transparency in our food supply.