About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.

Yes, they are cute, but Taconic Biosciences prefers that you don't pet its animals. The family-owned company provides research rodents and related products and services to pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, government agencies, and academic institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America through its facilities in Denmark, Germany, and the US. Taconic specially breeds rats and mice, the workhorses of the biomedical industry, to be disease-free or genetically modified to exhibit certain traits to help researchers develop new therapies for human disease. Other company units offer drug- and animal-safety testing and monoclonal antibody production.


Taconic helps clients acquire, test, develop, breed, cryopreserve, prepare, and distribute highly relevant research lines around the world. It operates a network of breeding facilities and lab sites in the US and Europe and works through partners and licensees in the Netherlands, Japan, India, and Singapore. Besides providing precisely defined animal models, the company offers supporting services that include generating custom models, contract research, compound profiling, phenotyping, imaging studies, and surgical services. It also maintains an interactive library and provides a broad range of scientific presentations through its website. More than 1,300 companies and research facilities in nearly 50 countries use Taconic's products and services.

Geographic Reach

Taconic Biosciences operates its own facilities in the US, Denmark, and Germany. It partners with CLEA Japan, Vivo Bio Tech, InVivos, and InnoSer to breed its animals in Japan, India, Singapore, and the Netherlands, respectively. Additionally, it has account managers in Africa, Australia, South America, and China.

Sales and Marketing

Taconic's customers include the Barth Syndrome Foundation, Duke University Medical Center, McMaster University, Sanford Burnham Medical Research, and the University of Minnesota.


Taconic invests in expanding and enhancing its facilities to ensure that it responds to investigators' needs for innovative models and supporting services. It reinvests its profits into the animal facilities, laboratories, and technologies.

Company Background

While Taconic remains in Phelan family control, the company appointed its first non-family member to lead the company in 2009. The move signified the company's shift to bringing up non-family executives as part of its plan for executive development.

Taconic was founded in 1952 by Robert Phelan.

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Taconic Biosciences, Inc.

1 Hudson City Ctr
Hudson, NY 12534-2354
Fax: (518) 697-3905


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Specialist Order Management: Deborah Hotaling
  • Employees: 720

Major Office Locations

  • Hudson, NY

Other Locations

  • Oxnard, CA
  • Germantown, NY
  • Rensselaer, NY
  • Borup, Denmark
  • Lille Skensved, Denmark