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Alpha Genesis Awarded Federal Contract with Maximum Value of $48M

YEMASSEE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alpha Genesis, Inc., a world-leading provider of primate research products and services based in Yemassee, South Carolina, has received a seven-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), an Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under which the Company will breed and maintain monkey colonies for critical government research programs. The contract is for a potential maximum value of $48 Million, with an initial task order valued at approximately $3.3 Million.

This award to Alpha Genesis is in addition to $2 Million in Company-funded infrastructure development and staffing enhancement initiatives announced earlier this year through which the organization has significantly expanded and modernized its animal care, behavioral enrichment, and veterinary care programs as well as its overall business operations.

“Receiving this substantial Government award is a significant accomplishment which emphasizes our long-term relationship with the NIH, who we have been working with for years with great success, and we are proud and extremely pleased that our relationship with the NIH has continued to grow and mature. This award is made possible by the extreme dedication of our experienced and highly qualified staff, who work tirelessly on behalf of the animals we care for, and provides a strong basis for continued investment and expansion of our operations in the coming years,” according to a statement from Senior Alpha Genesis Management.

Alpha Genesis employs more than 150 technically-skilled South Carolina residents creating considerable economic activity for the Beaufort County area. For more than 25 years Alpha Genesis has maintained Full Accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) for its program of care and use of animals. This prestigious achievement demonstrates that for over two decades Alpha Genesis has met or exceeded all guidelines and regulations which bear upon animal care and use.

About Alpha Genesis

Alpha Genesis Inc. provides the highest quality nonhuman primate products and bio-research services world-wide. With more than 30 years of proven expertise in primate research, Alpha Genesis is uniquely qualified to meet the specific needs of its clients in critical areas of animal health, security, delivery, and client confidentiality.

Contacts
Alpha Genesis Inc.
Dr. Greg Westergaard
gwprimate@alphagenesisinc.com

Alpha Genesis Awarded Prestigious Accreditation

YEMASSEE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alpha Genesis, Inc., a leading provider of primate research products and services, has maintained Full Accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) for its program of care and use of animals. This prestigious achievement demonstrates that the Program meets or exceeds all regulations which bear upon animal care and use. AAALAC is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. “Maintaining full AAALAC accreditation is a significant accomplishment which reflects our recent $2M investment in recruitment, state-of-the-art primate housing, and modern veterinary care equipment, as well as the extreme dedication of our experienced and highly qualified staff, and provides a strong basis for continued investment and expansion in the coming years,” according to a statement from Senior Alpha Genesis Management

Benefits of AAALAC International Accreditation

It represents quality

AAALAC International accreditation shows that an institution is serious about setting, achieving and maintaining high standards for animal care and use and committed to animal welfare in science. AAALAC International offers the only international accreditation for animal care and use programs, and it has become recognized around the world as a sign of quality and good science.

It promotes scientific validity

When research involves animals, reliable scientific results depend on superior animal care. AAALAC International accreditation engages scientists, veterinarians, managers and administrators in an independent, rigorous assessment of their institution’s animal program—an assessment that ultimately results in improved animal welfare and better research practices and outcomes.

It provides assurance in a global marketplace

Today it’s common for research institutions to partner or contract with other research entities around the world. Because laws and regulations related to animal research vary widely from country to country, AAALAC International accreditation can be used worldwide to gauge the quality of a program, harmonize animal care and use practices, and provide assurance to diverse stakeholders.

It stimulates continuous improvement

When an institution participates in the AAALAC accreditation program, it’s committing to a process that stimulates continuous improvement. Earning and maintaining accreditation keeps an institution aware of, and engaged in, current best practices. Accreditation is a true commitment to humane animal care and use and shows the world that an institution is serious about ensuring animal well-being and conducting good science.

Contacts
Alpha Genesis Inc.
Dr. Greg Westergaard
gwprimate@alphagenesisinc.com

Yemassee Monkey Facility Found to be in Full Compliance With USDA Guidelines

YEMASSEE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) earlier this month conducted a rigorous three-day inspection of Alpha Genesis, Inc. (AGI), a Yemassee, South Carolina - based primate breeding and research facility, and found that the center was in full compliance with the regulations and standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), Company officials said today. The USDA conducted their most recent inspection January 30 – February 1, 2017. A previous focused inspection conducted in 2016 also found the Company to be in full compliance with AWA requirements.

“Alpha Genesis, Inc. is committed to advancing scientific knowledge and to saving, improving and prolonging the lives of humans and animals. The AGI Animal Care and Research Programs do so while upholding the highest standards of regulatory compliance and of humane and responsible treatment of all monkeys we are privileged to maintain,” according to a statement from the Administrative Offices of the Company.

AGI officials said that monkeys are used in research only when no viable alternatives exist. The benefits of primate research include advances in understanding of cancer, infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, spinal cord injuries, substance abuse, and other basic biological and behavioral processes. Improved understanding of these processes leads directly to the development of new and effective medicines, vaccines, devices and other treatments, according to scientific experts.

Government regulations mandate that the USDA routinely conduct unannounced intensive program inspections to thoroughly examine all aspects of animal health, housing facilities, veterinary care, medical documentation, and work practices at licensed facilities. “The USDA examines all monkeys, all housing, and all treatment facilities, in addition to speaking directly with staff and examining detailed documentation and work practices. To have the USDA find that an organization as large and complex as AGI is in full compliance during such a comprehensive inspection further demonstrates that Alpha Genesis provides superior care to the monkeys at its facilities, and reflects the dedication and strong work ethic of the staff who do this important and challenging work,” according to Dr. Greg Westergaard, AGI President and Chief Executive Officer.

Contacts
Alpha Genesis Inc.
Dr. Greg Westergaard
gwprimate@alphagenesisinc.com

Alpha Genesis Announces $2 Million Expansion, up to 30 New Jobs

YEMASSEE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Primate Breeding and Research Organization Alpha Genesis, Inc. (AGI) plans to spend $2 million to expand facilities at its Yemassee, South Carolina headquarters and will add up to 30 new jobs by the end of next year, Company officials said today.

“Our 2016 pace of new business growth was extremely strong, and our 2017 outlook is very positive. As a result, we have made it an organizational priority to further enhance our facilities and technical staff to more efficiently meet the growing needs of our customers,” according to a statement from the Executive Offices of the Company.

The Company indicates it will renovate more than 50,000 square feet of space “with state-of-the-art design and housing materials to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare. Once that phase is complete, we will be renovating our clinical care and research facilities, which play an integral role in all phases of our operations.”

AGI Officials further stated that the company expects to increase its staff by 25 percent before the end of next year, to include 30 new jobs, based on the company's current roster of 120 employees. “Customers need superior services and require that more complex tasks be completed in faster time frames. These upgrades and the new talent we'll be bringing in will allow us to better meet these demands,” according to Dr. Greg Westergaard, AGI President and CEO.

In the spring of 2016, the company opened new clinical health care facilities, a $1,000,000 investment that features improved housing, diagnostic, and treatment equipment which provide for superior care and immediate access to important measures of animal health and well-being.

“The Animal Care and Research Programs at Alpha Genesis, Inc. contribute significantly to advancing scientific knowledge and to saving, improving and prolonging the lives of humans and animals. The Programs do so while upholding the highest standards of regulatory compliance and of humane and responsible treatment of nonhuman primates,” according to a statement from the Executive Offices of the Company.

Animals are used in research only when no alternatives exist, AGI officials said. The potential benefits of primate research include an improved understanding of cancer, infectious diseases, neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, basic biological and behavioral processes, and the development of new medicines, vaccines, devices and other treatments, according to scientific researchers.

A recent USDA Inspection at AGI facilities found no non-compliant items which, according to Dr. Westergaard, “Speaks volumes in support of the excellent Animal Care provided to the primates at Alpha Genesis facilities, and is testament to the dedication and strong work ethic of the staff who do this important and challenging work.”


Contacts
Alpha Genesis, Inc.
Dr. Greg Westergaard
gwprimate@alphagenesisinc.com

Alpha Genesis Animal Care Program Passes Federal Inspection

YEMASSEE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An inspection of Alpha Genesis, Inc. (AGI) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) earlier this month found zero non-compliant items, Company officials said today. Inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a routine, unannounced focused visit to AGI facilities October 24-26, 2016. AGI is an industry-leading Primate Breeding and Research facility located in Yemassee, South Carolina.

“The Animal Care and Research Programs at Alpha Genesis, Inc. contribute significantly to advancing scientific knowledge and to saving, improving and prolonging the lives of humans and animals. The Programs do so while upholding the highest standards of regulatory compliance and of humane and responsible treatment of nonhuman primates,” according to a statement from the Executive Offices of the Company.

Animals are used in research only when no alternatives exist, AGI officials said. The potential benefits of primate research include an improved understanding of cancer, infectious diseases, neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, basic biological and behavioral processes, and the development of new medicines, vaccines, devices and other treatments, according to scientific researchers.

A focused USDA Inspection is an intensive program review process in which a highly qualified team of experts is brought in by the USDA to thoroughly examine animal health, housing facilities, veterinary care, medical documentation, and work practices of a licensed facility. “To have no non-compliant items found during such a comprehensive detailed inspection by highly-qualified and highly-trained experts speaks volumes in support of the excellent Animal Care provided to the primates at Alpha Genesis facilities, and is testament to the dedication and strong work ethic of the staff who do this important and challenging work,” according to Dr. Greg Westergaard, President and CEO of Alpha Genesis, Inc.

Contacts
Alpha Genesis Inc.
Dr. Greg Westergaard
gwprimate@alphagenesisinc.com