New laboratory in Woburn opened

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Cryogenetics Inc. From left: M. Aguirre (Cryogenetics Inc.), C.Miller (Cryogenetics Inc.), C.Carmichael (Cryogenetics Inc.), S.W.Bannister (MLSC), J.Ulheim (Cryogenetics), Woburn Mayor S.Galvin and P.Abair (MassBio).

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Cryogenetics Inc. From left: M. Aguirre (Cryogenetics Inc.), C.Miller (Cryogenetics Inc.), C.Carmichael (Cryogenetics Inc.),
S.W.Bannister (MLSC), J.Ulheim (Cryogenetics), Woburn Mayor S.Galvin and P.Abair (MassBio).

 

Cryogenetics newly opened laboratory in Woburn, MA will assist researchers in biotechnological development. Cryogenetics Inc. held an official opening ceremony and reception on January 30th. The visitors got to hear promising words about the new unit followed by a guided tour of the facility.

Ceremony in collaboration with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and MassBio
Cryogenetics, the world leader in fish reproduction products and services, is proud to announce that Cryogenetics Inc. in Woburn, MA, now is official opened. On January 30th, at 14D Gill Street, Woburn, MA, Cryogenetics hosted an opening ceremony and reception to mark the grand opening of the new facility.

Speakers presenting for the opening remarks were Cryogenetics CEO Jorn Ulheim, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., along with MassBio Director of Economic Development and Global Affairs Peter Abair and Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin, followed by Children’s Hospital Boston Aquatic Resources Manager Christian Lawrence.

“On behalf of the Center, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Cryogenetics Inc. as they open their first U.S facility here in Massachusetts,” said Susan Windham Bannister. “Massachusetts is a great choice for Cryogenetics – we are a global leader in genetics research and our strong technology-oriented workforce will provide the talent base that Cryogenetics needs as they grow their business here.”

Massachusetts a natural choice for locating

“The Boston area was a natural first choice for locating our unit based on the area’s reputation of being the world leading cluster for biotechnological development,” said Jorn Ulhiem, Managing Director of Cryogenetics. “Our Woburn unit is a world class cryopreservation laboratory and the most advanced unit Cryogenetics has constructed. The company expects this lab to become a significant and trusted service provider for the U.S. zebrafish community, setting a new global standard for effective use and backing of valuable genetic lines.”

“Woburn has long maintained a strong commitment when it comes to smart economic planning—particularly given this area’s talented workforce and Woburn’s great location at I-95 and I-93,” said Mayor Scott Galvin. “Global leadership in biotechnology and life sciences innovation are essential components of this area’s economic fabric, and we are pleased to welcome Cryogenetics to the City of Woburn.”

Cryogenetics Inc. will provide services both for zebrafish and finfish

Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is one of the world’s most researched model organisms for medical and biological research, used by more than 850 institutes in the USA alone. Cryogenetics has developed a new procedure for cryopreservation and storage of zebrafish sperm. This is a good alternative for conservation of valuable genetic lines, and an important component to laboratories’ disaster planning.
Trials have shown that the company’s method for cryopreservation of zebrafish sperm provides an average of 70-80 % fertilization with thawed sperm.

The 5,400 square-foot facility will house both individual zebrafish tank rooms and separate cryopreservation labs for zebrafish and finfish. Storage will be provided for frozen sperm samples in liquid nitrogen dewars at the facility in Woburn. In addition, Cryogenetics will have a second repository location offsite to ensure a secure back-up of valuable genetic material.

For more information about Cryogenetics Inc. in Woburn, please contact Laboratory Manager Carrie Carmichael at carrie@cryogenetics.com.