Avista Capital Partners acquires Taconic Biosciences


Private equity company Avista Capital Partners has acquired Taconic Biosciences, a provider of genetically engineered research models (GEMs) and related services, from H.I.G. Capital. 

Transaction terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Rensselaer, N.Y., Taconic Biosciences specializes in genetically engineered research models and services, specifically murine models for use in drug discovery research and non-clinical safety testing. Taconic Biosciences sells across four primary product and service categories: GEMs, standard models, colony management, and custom model generation. 

The company offers its products and services to a customer base that includes 40 of the top 50 global pharmaceutical companies, biotech customers, contract research organizations and government and academic research institutions.

Rob Girardi, partner at Avista, said: “Our acquisition of Taconic represents Avista’s ninth investment in the outsourced pharma services sector, a testament to the value and growth potential we continue to see in the space. Given Taconic’s reputation for high-touch consultative service, diversity of high-quality models, and proven track record of innovation, we believe the company is poised to continue its growth trajectory in the attractive GEMs market. We look forward to providing support for the acceleration of Taconic’s strategic priorities.”

Garrett Lustig, principal at Avista Capital Partners, added: “We are excited to partner with CEO Nancy Sandy and the team to build upon Taconic’s market-leading profile. Leveraging Avista’s industry knowledge, operational expertise, and financial resources, we look forward to helping Taconic capitalize on the opportunity for continued organic growth and strategic acquisitions.”

Nancy Sandy, CEO of Taconic, said: “Avista’s support will enable us to provide our customers with even more enhanced therapeutic drug discovery and safety testing products and services, as we have done for 70 years, allowing for accelerated advancements in human health. Avista has a strong track record of creating value for companies in the outsourced pharma services sector, and we look forward to benefiting from the firm’s experience and resources as we grow our company.”

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