Australia’s Largest Animal Genomics Lab to Be Established in Ipswich

Australia’s Largest Animal Genomics Lab to Be Established in Ipswich

Australia’s largest and most advanced animal genomics lab will soon be established in Bundamba, creating an additional 25 high-skilled local jobs and helping farmers deliver the best quality produce and livestock.

Neogen Australasia is set to build an $11 million genomics centre in Bundamba where a University Queensland learning facility once stood. The new facility will be established with the State Government’s support through the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.

The genomic centre aims to consolidate Neogen Australasia’s operation in Queensland and will allow the company to more than double its testing capacity to up to a million tests per year. Neogen currently conducts around 35,000 genomic tests per month, apart from food diagnostic and biosecurity services they provide for the agribusiness sector.

Photo credit:  Neogen Australasia / Facebook

“Neogen has become a genuine Queensland success story and a great example of a world-leading company investing in their future here in the Sunshine State,” Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick said.

“In 2017 our government worked with the University of Queensland to attract US food safety giant Neogen Corporation to our state to set up a new Australian office at UQ’s Gatton campus.

“Neogen went on to established the largest livestock DNA testing lab in the country, backed by our Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund, and they currently employ 48 staff locally.

“Our government is now investing in this new facility, again through AQIAF, which will create 25 new jobs by 2027, and potentially more than 40 jobs over the next decade.”

Photo credit:  Neogen Australasia / Facebook

Neogen Australasia Senior Director Bobby Creasman said that the new facility will allow new technologies and expanded food diagnostics to be offered across Australasia. 

“Our future Bundamba facility will be at the forefront of ensuring greater accessibility of genomic tools at improved value to the cattle and sheep producer, while providing more information across the livestock production value chain,” concludes Mr Creasman.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner welcomed the announcement, adding that the new Bundamba facility will be a real asset for the State’s agricultural sector, specifically the beef industry.

“Our state offers some of the best produce and livestock in the world, and if we can take that quality even higher then it’s only going to deliver positives for the sector and our state,” Mr Furner said.