GENTEC is a Biotech R&D company with the aim to develop biotechnological tools with important applications in animal breeding. The platform used is a gene pool based on different closed pig lines. A back up of the animals is stored in a DNA-bank. Different renowned Universities and research centres collaborate with GENTEC's research programme.
The company is well placed in the European Biotechnology sector, enabling rapid progress in the field of molecular genetics. This is evidenced by the company's early success in the co-discovery of the IGFII marker (BETTERgen® muscle+) in cooperation with leading universities.
The main research domains are Molecular genetics and embryo transfer technology:
Molecular Genetics: The BETTERgen® program
The determination of genetic differences between animals is very important
to breeders. Originally breeders only worked with differences that
could be seen with the naked eye such as type. However such phenotypic
variation is frequently influenced by the action of the environment
and the interaction between many genes.
Today a great deal is known in detail about the pig genome. This
opens the possibility for much more accurate selection to take place
with major benefits in many areas including pig meat quality and
in the welfare of pigs.
GENTEC has a mission to look for "new" genes by DNA screening and to
apply the results of such work by determining the presence or absence
of desired genes in different breeding programmes world wide. These genes
are sought for in all domains that are relevant for an efficient animal
production: disease resistance, reproductive capacity and production and
quality of meat. Since the platform of Gentec is based on the pig gene
pool, it is evident that genetic markers will find their first application
GENTEC owns the world wide exclusive rights for the application of BETTERgen®
muscle+, and the related IGF2 technology. (read more here)
Embryo transfer aids selection through earlier genetic screening
bringing the benefits of a more accurate (deterministic) selection
and faster genetic progress. It also offers major health benefits
due to the reduced risk of spreading diseases. Embryo transfer research
aims to allow the transfer of embryos of the highest quality from
donor to receptor sow under optimal and safe conditions.