Prionics AG

Prionics enhances its European presence

Former Cedi-Diagnostics new affiliate for the Benelux and Nordic markets

      Zurich (ots) - Prionics, a world leader in farm animal
diagnostics, enhances its own presence in Europe targeting the
Benelux and Nordic markets with the launch of Prionics Lelystad
(Netherlands). The latest affiliate emerges from the former
Cedi-Diagnostics B.V. acquired in 2006, a spin-off from today's
world-famous Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen UR. Prionics
Lelystad builds on the expertise and leading diagnostic tests for
farm animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), a test
currently being applied to control the FMD outbreak in the United
Kingdom. To meet increased product demands, Prionics Lelystad will
expand its production capacities in the coming weeks.

    With the operational launch of Prionics Lelystad in the Netherlands, the Swiss based biotech company further strengthens its presence in the Benelux and Nordic markets and establishes its 5th branch office. Acquired in 2006, the former Cedi-Diagnostics B.V. complements Prionics other operations in the North and South American markets, Italy and Germany. "The launch of Prionics Lelystad is an important milestone as it allows us to consolidate our expertise and directly serve our customers in the Benelux and Nordic markets. Moreover, we are able to harmonize our offering under the Prionics brand and to enlarge our production capacity at the Lelystad site", says Dr Markus Moser, CEO of Prionics.

    Prionics Test used in current UK FMD Outbreak

    With its portfolio of diagnostic tests Prionics plays an active role in containing outbreaks of animal diseases and ultimately protecting consumer heath. At its facilities in Lelystad, Prionics produces a number of diagnostic tests and keeps significant stocks of biologicals in order to respond quickly to disease outbreaks. The most recent example is a test for the early detection of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) which is currently being supplied to the United Kingdom to contain the further spread of this highly contagious disease. Countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain have also ordered the Prionics FMD test as a precautionary measure.

    In order to further increase its production capacity and stock supply, Prionics Lelystad will relocate its operations within the city of Lelystad later this year. During this time all product brands will be harmonized so that all tests will be consolidated under the Prionics brand name.

ots Originaltext: Prionics AG
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