Pfizer Animal Genetics’ laboratory receives Illumina® CSPro 50K certification

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — March 7, 2011 — Today the Pfizer Animal Genetics laboratory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, received Ilumina® CSPro 50K certification. The certification reaffirms Pfizer Animal Genetics’ commitment and investment in cutting-edge genomic technology to support livestock producers.

“We are excited to achieve additional certification for our laboratory in Kalamazoo,” says Sue Denise, Director, Global R&D and Laboratory Operations with Pfizer Animal Genetics. “The CSPro 50K on the Illumina panel is evidence of our ongoing commitment to be a leading, world-class laboratory and service provider to our customers.”

Illumina CSPro is the collaborative service provider partnership dedicated to ensuring the delivery of the highest-quality data available for genetic analysis applications. Illumina CSPro participants undergo a rigorous two-phase certification process that includes minimum data generation, data certification and an on-site audit of the facility and processes.

The whole-genome certification is especially important for Pfizer Animal Genetics’ High-Density 50K for Angus, the beef industry’s first and only high-density DNA panel to identify more than 50,000 DNA markers for each tested animal.

The laboratory in Kalamazoo is also certified by the USDA Process Verified Program and is a member of the International Society of Animal Genetics.

Pfizer Animal Genetics is a business unit of Pfizer Animal Health, a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Inc. is the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company.

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