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Harlan
1931

Harlan is founded by Mr. Howard Harlan.

In the scientific community, his name and animal models become synonymous with high-quality laboratory animals. (Bldg. 202 in Cumberland, Indiana pictured)

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1951

Huntingdon Life Sciences is founded.

Started in Cambridgeshire, England, the organization is originally focused on nutrition, veterinary, and biochemical research.

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1961

Mr. Hal P. Harlan gets the keys to Harlan.

Hal, Howard Harlan's son, assumes responsibility for operations, overseeing approximately ten employees. The following year, Harlan becomes incorporated as Harlan Industries.

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RMS Isolator Group Stand alone (1)
1970s

New facilities are constructed and isolator technology is brought in-house.

The construction of several barrier breeding and isolator facilities allowed Harlan to vastly improve the biological status of animals supplied to universities and pharmaceutical firms. The isolator technology was brought in-house in 1972 and allowed us to rederive and clean up our models. Harlan’s first barrier facility was also constructed and equipped to produce the highest quality research models.

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1979

Harlan forms a business called Biotrol.

Biotrol provided entry into the immunological services sector. Today, this is recognized as Envigo Bioproducts. The same year, Spartan Research Animals in Haslett, Michigan was acquired.

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1980s

Product and service portfolio expands.

Harlan's product and service offerings expand to include laboratory animal diets and immunological and biological products.

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1980

GIBCO Animal Research Labs is acquired.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, GIBCO included the following operations:

+ The former Sprague Dawley Company
+ The former A.R. Schmidt Company
+ Teklad Standard Diets
+ Teklad Custom Diets
+ Teklad Trucking

The name Teklad was derived from the previous owner, Thomas E. Kanickus, called TEK Lab Animal Diet. We changed it to TEKLAD to maintain the name recognition.

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1981

Introducing Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc.

After Harlan Industries acquired GIBCO Animal Research Laboratories, it was renamed to reflect its acquisition of the former Sprague Dawley Company. This same year, M.A. Laboratory Animals of Walkersville, Maryland was purchased from the Whittaker Corporation in Whittier, California.

Sprague Dawley 
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1983

TIMCO is acquired.

TIMCO Breeding Laboratories in Houston, Texas was acquired from the Texas Medical Center.

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1984

Harlan makes double acquisition in Indiana.

Engle Laboratory Animals in Farmersburg, Indiana and Laboratory Supply Company, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana were acquired.

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1985

Harlan Bioproducts for Science, Inc. is established in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Harlan Bioproducts for Science, Inc. manufactured custom immunological and biological products and research services.

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1985

Harlan purchases OLAC.

With the purchase of OLAC Limited of Oxfordshire, England, Harlan becomes an international corporation to supply models in countries including, but not limited to, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Israel.
Expanded into Europe with Oxford Laboratory Animal Center (OLAC) acquisition. Located in UK as Harlan Olac Limited.

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1985

Partial acquisition of antibody company Serotec.

Serotec was started by one of the founders of OLAC, Ed Bernard. This partial acquisition further expanded Harlan's immunological service offerings to include catalog antibodies.

Custom antibody production 
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1986

Southern Animal Farms is acquired.

Based in Prattville, Alabama, Southern Animal Farms was purchased to support government institutions and universities in the Southeast United States. The Holtzman Company in Madison, Wisconsin, producer of the Holtzman albino rat, was also acquired.

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1986

Operations expand into the Netherlands.

The Central Institute for Breeding of Laboratory Animals (CPB) in the Netherlands was acquired to expand operations in continental Europe. Additionally, Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc. expanded into the Netherlands. Large animals were also added to the range of stocks and strains.

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1986

A new facility is constructed in Maryland.

Construction was completed in 1986 for a new maximum barrier laboratory animal facility in Frederick, Maryland. This location served East coast customers, including the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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1988

Blue Spruce Farms is purchased.

Based in Altamont, New York, Blue Spruce Farms was known for producing the Long Evans outbred rat.

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1989

Our portfolio expands to include guinea pigs and rabbits.

In Europe, Porcellus Animal Breeding Limited in Heathfield, England and Riom Laboratories-CERM in Riom France were acquired by Harlan Olac Ltd. Porcellus also provided Harlan with a supply of guinea pigs throughout the UK and Europe. With these acquisitions, we also introduced rabbit production in the UK and a second canine colony in France.

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1989

Multiple acquisitions expand the business.

Premier Laboratory Diets in Bartonville, Illinois was purchased. Premier was the manufacturer of the well-known Wayne Diets. Twin City Testing, Kansas City Southwestern, Empire Soils, and Applied Biosciences International were also acquired.

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1990

New animal facility is constructed in Texas.

A new maximum barrier laboratory animal facility was constructed and opened in Houston, Texas.

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1992

Dominion Laboratories acquired.

The organization was based in Dublin, Virginia.

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1993

International expansion continues.

Harlan continues building an international presence with operations established in Germany, Italy, and Israel. In 1993, we entered a lease agreement with the Weizmann Institute and with the Hebrew University with two RMS facilities. Winkelmann Versuchstierzucht GmbH of Germany was also acquired in 1993.

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1994

Available stocks and strains increase.

Significant stock and strain expansion was accomplished through acquisitions from the Hannover Institute in Hannover, Germany and the TNO-REPGO Institute in Rijswijk, the Netherlands. The result was Harlan's inventory of research models increased to more than 240 stocks and strains including mice, rats, and hamsters.

Research models 
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1995

RMS work begins in Jerusalem.

Harlan also acquired Interfauna Group with facilities in UK, Germany, and Spain.

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1996

A new laboratory animal production facility for oncology research opens.

Harlan expanded into Somerville, New Jersey. A new facility was established that was dedicated to the production of isolator-maintained animals required for oncology research.

Oncology models 
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1997

Operations expand to Mexico.

A new laboratory animal production facility was opened in Mexico City, Mexico. The same year, a new state-of-the-art facility was constructed and populated in Horst, the Netherlands.

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1998

Harlan's presence in Israel expands.

We entered a lease agreement in the science park of Rehovot.

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1998

Harlan purchases Sera-Lab in the UK.

This allowed us to sell antibodies and other immunological products in Europe/globally. The business was moved to Hillcrest, which still operates under the Bioproducts banner. The following year, Harlan Bioservice for Science was formed in Walsrode, Germany.

Biological products and services 
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2004

RCC Ltd. in Switzerland was acquired.

This expanded contract research services for the pharmaceutical, chemical, and agrochemical industries in Europe and Asia.
Acquired RCC Ltd., a large contract research organization based in Switzerland. RCC has since expanded to India, Spain, and Germany.

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2005

Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc. is acquired.

Acquired by Genstar Capital of San Francisco, California, Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc. was purchased as a company in a growing, vital industry with continued growth opportunity.

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2007

SafePharm Laboratories is acquired.

The acquisition of Safepharm Laboratories in Shardlow, United Kingdom, allowed the expansion of contract research services into the chemical industries.

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2008

Harlan Laboratories brand is created.

The company united as Harlan Laboratories, Inc., with all legal entities initiating a name change to become one company with one vision to help our customers do research better.

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2008

Huntingdon Life Sciences establishes private ownership.

HLS provided preclinical and nonclinical biological safety evaluation research, eventually becoming the third largest non-clinical CRO in the world.

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SAGE Labs, Inc. creates the first knockout rat model.
2009

SAGE Labs, Inc. creates the first knockout rat model.

Science 2009 325 (5939):433

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SAGE Labs, Inc.
2010

SAGE Labs, Inc. creates first six-month KO mouse.

Genetics 2010 186(2):451-2

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2011

Harlan celebrates its 80th anniversary.

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2011

SAGE Labs, Inc. creates the first knockin rat.

Nat Biotechnol 2011 29(1):64-7

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SAGE Labs, Inc. creates first conditional KO rat.
2013

SAGE Labs, Inc. creates first conditional KO rat.

Nat Methods 2013 10(7):638-40

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2015

The Envigo name and brand is born.

Harlan Laboratories and Huntingdon Life Sciences merge to create the Envigo brand and name.

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2015

Horizon creates first KO rabbit.

Transgenic Res. 2015 24(2):227-35

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Covance and Envigo
2019

LabCorp and Envigo complete innovative transactions.

Envigo purchases Covance’s research products business located in the United States This acquisition combined two complementary businesses into a new comprehensive research models and services company.

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2019

Envigo acquires research models business unit from Horizon.

Envigo's acquisition of Horizon's (formerly SAGE Labs, Inc.) research models business unit broadened our product and service offerings to include custom model generation and genetically engineered models and services.

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2021

Envigo celebrates 90 years of working together to build a healthier and safer world.

Over the past nine decades, we made several strategic acquisitions, expansions, and partnerships. Looking to the future, we will continue to help deliver answers to important research questions and work toward addressing today's most difficult healthcare challenges.

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