Taconic Biosciences has launched a new solution, TruIMPORT, for importing genetically engineered models from China into academia vivarium without quarantine, in collaboration with Cyagen.
Researchers at non-profit institutions play a critical role in drug discovery; however, outsourcing animal model generation can be cost prohibitive or a logistical challenge. Hurdles in accessing animal model resources can impede important research. Potential solutions to this problem have traditionally come with trade-offs. Depending on the country of origin, cost effective options can require a lengthy quarantine of the animals or additional breeding to ensure animals meet the required health standards for entry into the institution’s animal facility. These additional steps can cost the researcher both time and money.
TruIMPORT allows animal models from China to be imported into United States and European animal facilities while complying with existing vivarium requirements. Providing a set of choices, TruIMPORT allows customers to access efficient model generation with several pricing options depending on desired delivery timeline, health standard, and cohort size.
“Our main goal is to solve problems for our customers,” shared Dr. John Couse, Vice President of Scientific Services for Taconic. “While the Alliance has provided efficient model generation for years, importation concerns were a barrier for many customers. By creating multiple options under the TruIMPORT umbrella, customers can now import rodent models from China without quarantine regardless of the requirements of their vivarium.”