At Taconic Biosciences Inc., we prioritize animal welfare by caring for our animals with the utmost respect and compassion. Every one of our animals is important to us. Inside and outside the lab, we honor the contribution they make to drive critical research for the advancement of human and overall animal health.
Discoveries for Life
Our animals and their welfare remain at the center of every relationship within Taconic's ecosystem:
As stewards for scientific discovery, we prioritize animal welfare by practicing the 3Rs: Replace, Reduce, and Refine. By aligning supply with demand, improving quality research and efficiency, and enabling reproducibility through microbiome expertise, Taconic strives to continuously hone practices that intentionally reduce the number of animals needed for testing.
Complex biomedical research efforts require animal models that meet the precise needs of each study. Through our microbiome expertise, we uphold the necessary health standards and humane conditions needed for colony management, but we also go above and beyond what's required to do what's right.
Animal models play a vital role in the biomedical community. We are constantly in awe of the impact the right animal model can have on a global scale. Every one of us depends on biomedical advancements to elevate overall health standards. It's our mission to help address unmet needs in our communities by providing and adapting our animal models to facilitate dynamic, sometimes previously unimaginable solutions.
At Taconic, our animal models truly are Models for Life™.
Delivering the best possible solutions for our customers means ensuring the highest quality of care for our animals. Our employees are committed to providing a level of compassion and expertise that exceeds the standards required. They enable us to provide animal models of the highest caliber, which helps improve research for our customers and honors the promise to advance overall health in our communities.
Each of Taconic's employees has a unique, purpose-driven passion for the work we do, which elevates the level of respect we have for the animals we work with. The better we care for our employees, by providing the necessary resources and opportunities for growth, means the better-equipped they are to attend to our animals.
As passionate problem solvers, our employees are committed to continuous learning. We believe it is our responsibility to constantly be in search of new ways to better care for our animals and each other.
Taconic delivers on our promises to stakeholders while caring for our animals with integrity. As pioneers, we are continuously working to improve upon the standards we set for ourselves and our industry. Our stakeholders encompass all relationships within the Taconic ecosystem, including our customers, our employees, and our partners as well as those looking to learn more about the work we do.
As the first and only proven commercial source for germ-free mice, we set the standard for quality with our International Health Monitoring System™ (IHMS™). Taconic was the first commercial breeder to receive full accreditation from AAALACi, in addition to spearheading the establishment of the Global Alliance for Laboratory Animals Standardization (GALAS).
From our humble beginnings in 1949 as a single facility in upstate New York, today Taconic employs over 800 people across a network of facilities and lab sites around the world. While maintaining the highest standards, we practice the breeding, testing, and enrichment needed to provide animals of high genetic quality, while caring for them with compassion and respect. We're proud of the scientific possibilities our tiny heroes help uncover.
Most organizations track the number of animals produced, used, and not used. At Taconic Biosciences, we utilize a well executed Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning (SIOP) process to reduce overproduction.