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SAN Group acquires AniCon Labor GmbH, one of the leading producers of autogenous vaccines in Europe

Hoeltinghausen/Herzogenburg/Singapore (June 17th, 2021) – SAN Group acquires the German company AniCon Labor GmbH situated in Hoeltinghausen, Lower Saxony, and with it expands its portfolio with autogenous vaccines and veterinary diagnostics.

Solutions for veterinary diagnostics, production of livestock-specific vaccines and food safety.

Acquiring the German producer AniCon Labor GmbH marks another milestone in the growth strategy of SAN Group. The provider of veterinary diagnostics, livestock-specific vaccines for farm animals and food safety, located in Hoeltinghausen, Lower Saxony, was founded in 2005 as a service laboratory, and employs about 220 staff members. AniCon is one of the leading producers on the European market, and is renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art lab center and comprehensive expertise in the species of poultry, swine, cattle, sheep, goats, and fish. Klaus-Peter Behr, the present owner of AniCon, will remain in the company as its CEO and will continue to work for SAN Group.

Erich Erber, founder and president of SAN Group, is happy to welcome AniCon into his group: “AniCon is best-in-class in its field, and the perfect addition to our SAN Group portfolio. This combined strength makes SAN Group into a globally important provider of veterinary diagnostics and autogenous vaccines.”

Klaus-Peter Behr, AniCon Labor GmbH CEO: “AniCon and SAN Group work in similar ways in terms of company culture and also regarding vision. With SAN Group’s distribution network and its strong financial background, together with AniCon’s know-how, we are prepared for joint growth and global expansion. The most recent spreads of epizootic diseases and human pandemics have shown how important diagnostics and immunization in farm animals are.”

Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. This acquisition will have no impact whatsoever on the service that AniCon customers are accustomed to.

AniCon and SAN Group Senior Management
© Lydia Baitinger | AniCon | SAN Group
Erich Erber handing a replica of the DING to Klaus-Peter Behr
© Lydia Baitinger | AniCon | SAN Group

About SAN Group
SAN Group is a globally operating, fast-growing biotechnology and venture capital company headquartered in Singapore, with 250 employees on 4 continents. Based on a solid equity capital position, SAN Group primarily invests in scalable and sustainable business models in the fields of agro-biotechnology, renewable energy, and real estate.

Anicon Labor GmbH

Safety first

Whether it is veterinary diagnostics, producing custom made vaccines for livestock or food safety - AniCon is the reliable partner for your individual solution.
Our competence and independence ensure our customers worldwide reliable laboratory diagnostics and tailored solutions.
The ‘Oldenburger Muensterland’ is a region in northwestern Germany which is characterized by it’s strong commitment to agriculture and the food industry. This is where AniCon is based and operates from.
AniCon Labor GmbH was founded mid 2005 as a service laboratory. AniCon’s continuously expanding diagnostics as well as our uncompromising service mentality and our expertise as independent consultants, result in the company’s constant growth.
Today AniCon is one of Germany‘s leading lab service providers for livestock and worldwide known as a modern laboratory center with comprehensive experimental opportunities for poultry, swine, cattle, sheep, goats and fish.

AniCon: a success-story
The AniCon Board of Directors with Dr. Klaus-Peter Behr, Christoph Ahrens M.Sc., Martin Liman PhD and Rolf Schöning (left to right)
AniCon Labor GmbH

AniCon („Animal Control“) was founded mid 2005 with a total staff of 10 and activities in veterinary diagnostics, food safety and a small scale of avian autogenous vaccines.
Focused first on diagnostics and vaccines for turkey and waterfowl production in Germany, AniCon today serves with a group of more than 30 highly specialized academics and a total staff of 150 not only the poultry and swine as well as the vaccine industries in many countries, but also started diagnostic as well as vaccine activities for cattle and fish.

Besides post-mortems and cultural bacteriology the diagnostic portfolio also covers serology, cultural virology as well as a very broad spectrum of molecular diagnostics including sequencing. AniCons autogenous vaccine portfolio today covers more than 50  bacterial and 15 viral antigens in almost any combination and for use in different avian species as well as in swine, ruminants or fish.
Since 2014 AniCon also produces In-Vitro-Diagnostics (IVD) under its own brand Kylt®, namely PCR-kits for use in many labs around the globe.

Opening Hours

Mo-Fr 7.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Sa 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 midday

The preparation of samples can also be realized on Saturdays and Sundays as well as on public holiday: please announce these samples in advance.

In the field of Salmonella testing by PCR we regularly work at night and forward the results of rapid test methods in due time.

Contact Us

Phone: +49 44 73 / 94 38 - 30
Fax: +49 44 73 / 94 38 - 15
email: info@anicon.eu
AniCon Labor GmbH
Muehlenstr. 13
D-49685 Hoeltinghausen

Quality Management & Consulting

DAkkS certificate PL-14290-01: Our work concerning the veterinary field and feed and food testing including drinking water are accredited according to 17025:2018. Our laboratory work in the fields mentioned above includes the bacteriological, serological and molecular biological diagnostic as well as the microbiological, immunological and chemical analytics.

Quality Policy
As a service laboratory AniCon Labor GmbH was founded in mid 2005.

The scope of services includes chemical, microbiological, immunological and molecular biological analysis of feed, food and drinking water as well as pathologic-anatomical and laboratory investigations of livestock. The scope of services also includes the production of flock specific vaccines, the production of in-vitro diagnostics as well as consulting activities.

Within its flexible accreditation and according to the marking in the annex of accreditation certificate, the AniCon Labor GmbH has the opportunity to include further methods into the scope of accreditation:

Within the testing ranges indicated with * and following the corresponding validation the free choice of standardized test methods or equated standardized test methods after is possible.

Within the testing ranges indicated with ** the modification and further and new development of test methods is possible.

The technical employees work according to the general principles and procedure instructions of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 and are familiar with the quality documentation.

The laboratory services are described within the documentation system and are carried out according to the descriptions. To ensure an ongoing review the laboratory regularly participates in proficiency test.