HistoryIn the 1980s, a breakthrough in semen-sexing technology was made by USDA researchers in Livermore, Calif., and Beltsville, Md. The patents for this technology were licensed to XY Inc., Fort Collins, Col., which performed a considerable amount of research during the 1990s to optimize efficiency of these sorting procedures. Commercialization of sexed semen in the United States was initiated with a 2003 license granted to Sexing Technologies (ST), now providing highly skilled personnel to staff their different laboratories around the world.
Sexing Technologies Inc. was created with the goal of producing Sexed Sorted Semen around the globe. In 2003 they acquired the license and in 2004 the first lab started operations in Navasota, TX. Sexing Technologies success along with the success of the technology is in big part due to the addition of the majority of the big semen companies in the world.
In 2007 Sexing Technologies acquired XY Inc; this is a major step towards the improvement of the technology. This acquisition will make possible for ST to put its know-how in the practical application of the technology in conjunction with the R&D capabilities of its personal to take this product to the next step.
The great impact of the technology as well as the successful results in the field has made ST to grow at a steady pace, opening facilities around the world. The facilities in operation include:
2004 - Sexing Technologies - Navasota, Texas - USA
2005 - Lagoa - Holland Genetics - Sertaozinho - Brazil
2006 - Select Sires - Marysville, Ohio - USA
2006 - ABS - De Forest, Wisconsin - USA
2007 - Holland Genetics - Deventer - Netherlands
2007 - CRI - Genex - Ithaca, New York - USA
2007 - Alta Genetics - Conrich, Alberta - Canada
2008 - ST TWG (Trans World Genetics) - Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin - USA
2008 - Accelerated Genetics - Westby, Wisconsin - USA
2009 - CRI-Genex - Shawano, Wisconsin - USA
2009 - Umotest - Roulans - France
2009 - Semen Italy - Bibbiano - Italy
2009 - Sexing Technologies - Hamilton - New Zealand
2010 - Sexing Technologies - Fullerton, Nebraska - USA
2010 - Sexing Technologies - South Charleston, Ohio - USA
2011 - Sexing Technologies - Camperdown, Victoria - Australia
2011 - Sexing Technologies - Laceyville, Pennsylvania - USA
2011 - Sexing Technologies - Lincoln University, Pennsylvania - USA
Sexing Technologies acquired TWG in January 2008. This new facility in Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin, opened ST and its customers a new frontier to markets such as the European Union and China.
Several new projects are in the drawing board. The goal of Sexing Technologies is to make this technology available for all the livestock breeders around the world.