Ozgene story

to advance humanity - inspire curiosity

It was not that long ago that a mouse was just a mouse. For the team at Ozgene, a mouse represents a way to advance humanity. Ozgene has become a company dedicated to exactly that, and we do it by inspiring curiosity within ourselves and our customers.

Ozgene's 21st birthday mouse

Ozgene was founded in November 1999 in Perth, Australia. Today, Ozgene is one of the leading companies providing genetically customised mice for researchers around the world. In fact, 90% of our customers are located outside of Australia and another Ozgene laboratory and breeding facility was launched in the US in 2019. Shipments leave the Ozgene facilities almost daily for their destinations in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and New Zealand. Ozgene mice can be found in laboratories on almost every continent in small academic institutions to multinational pharmaceutical companies. They have been for over 20 years. The experience behind Ozgene doesn’t stop there.

CEO and Co-founder, Dr Frank Koentgen, and the Ozgene team have 30 years of experience in the generation of genetically modified mice. It begins even before Ozgene was founded when Dr Koentgen generated the first knockout mouse on the C57BL/6 mouse strain background in 1993. Ozgene has since patented it's sequential cloning system and most recently the goGermline™ technology, which has been a game changer for gene targeting with numerous animal ethics, efficiency, and timeline benefits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozgene has also provided organisational capability support and training to the CTMH Doctors Hospital to set up a COVID-19 testing facility in the Cayman Islands.

Ozgene highlights

1993 - First KO mice in C57BL/6

1999 - Ozgene founded in Perth

2002 - Lentivirus patent

2006 - New Vivarium facility

2006 - Seq cloning system

2009 - Geneoz VMS

2010 - Lean Management

2015 - goGermline patent

2016 - goGermline publication

2017 - ISTT 3Rs prize

2019 - US facility in Indianapolis

2020 - Cayman COVID-19 testing

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Ozgene capabilities

Proven Track Record

The team at Ozgene has over two decades of experience creating customised knockout and knock-in mice for pivotal medical research globally. Over 400 scientific publications are based on research using Ozgene mice.

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Global Client Base

Ozgene generates genetically customised mice for researchers around the world. Ozgene mice can be found in 31 different countries on 5 continents from small academic institutions to multinational pharmaceutical companies.

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Lean Management

Ozgene is applying Lean Management principles to deliver the highest quality services and shortest lead times to our customers. The implementation of Lean Culture has already seen an improvement in our processes and timelines.

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