Research and Development

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Partnership

Taconic's strategic external research and development collaboration
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Taconic Biosciences academic/industry research collaboration is dedicated to the science of translational medicine based on the state-of-the-art rodent models and their applications towards current and future world problems affecting human health. The goal of this groundbreaking business model is defining and expediting the pathway from model innovation to commercial application.

UNC is recognized as an academic leader in biomedical research, including the development and use of research rodent models. Within the UNC School of Medicine, the ICAT (International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science) was recently created as a translational rodent model center of excellence. Dedicated to developing rodent models that are representative of the human condition, ICAT is a key component of the greater UNC animal program, a multidisciplinary research group focused on a systems genetics approach to understanding diseases, development, aging, and fertility in the mouse.

Taconic is a global leader in the generation, breeding, and distribution of rodent models for biomedical research. Supporting UNC's research through the collaboration marks a new opportunity for Taconic to not only provide investigators with the best solutions by leveraging available research models and services, but to now provide access to new and unique models in application areas where either few or no options currently exist. The initial focus will capitalize on mutual areas of interest, including immuno-oncology, microbiome and neuroscience.

The collaboration operates under a framework that acknowledges that:

  • UNC and Taconic anticipate jointly approving and publishing research results
  • Inventions belong to the party making the discovery, whether patentable or not, and joint inventions are jointly owned
  • UNC grants Taconic an option to negotiate an exclusive license to UNC's interests in inventions for a defined period of time
Initial projects for the collaboration have already been defined and research is anticipated to begin before the end of 2018.