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Genus plc

Genus plc
Traded as LSE: GNS
Industry Biotechnology
Founded 1933
Headquarters Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Key people
Bob Lawson, Chairman[1]
Karim Bitar, CEO[1]
Revenue £372.2 million (2014)[2]
£42.9 million (2014)[2]
£28.9 million (2014)[2]

Genus plc is a British-based business selling products manufactured using biotechnology to cattle and pig farmers. It is headquartered in Basingstoke and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


  • History 1
  • Board of Directors 2
  • Operations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The business has its origins in the former Breeding & Production Division of the Milk Marketing Board which was established in 1933 and broken up in 1994.[3] In 1999 Genus acquired ABS Global, a company founded by J.R. Prentice in the US as the American Breeders Service in 1941 selling the semen of cattle.[4] In 2005 Genus acquired, through the takeover of Sygen International plc, PIC, a company founded by six pork producers in the UK as the Pig Improvement Company in 1962.[5]

Board of Directors

  • Bob Lawson (Chairman).[1]
  • Karim Bitar (CEO).[1]
  • Stephen Wilson (Group Finance Director).[1]
  • Nigel Turner (Senior Non-Executive Director).[1]
  • Mike Buzzacott (Non-Executive Director).[1]
  • Professor Barry Furr (Non-Executive Director).[1]
  • Tom Kilroy (Group General Counsel & Company Secretary).[1]


The Company has two divisions:

  • ABS - products for cattle
  • PIC - products for pigs


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ The BSE Inquiry
  4. ^ ABS Global Parent Reports Positive Year-End Results and Stock Listing
  5. ^

External links

  • Official site
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