Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S was founded by Mr Lars Ellegaard based on the idea that scientists in biomedical research were in need of a better non-rodent research model. Such a model had to have many similarities to humans, be small and easy to handle and have a clean and known health status.
In 1992, Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S entered into a licensing agreement with the Georg-August-University in Göttingen and the first colony of barrier-bred, microbiologically defined Göttingen Minipigs was obtained through Caesarean section to establish the high quality of their health standard. Ellegaard set up a multiplier herd and has the exclusive world-wide right to sell Göttingen Minipigs.
We received our first full AAALAC accreditation in 1998 and have maintained it ever since.
In 2003, Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs flew a minipig herd to the United States where the Göttingen Minipig is now bred and distributed by Marshall BioResources. In late 2010, Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs concluded an agreement with Oriental Yeast Co. for the distribution of Göttingen Minipigs in Japan. In 2013 Oriental Yeast Co. started breeding Göttingen Minipigs for the Japanese market. In 2014, a distribution agreement with Woojung BSC has made the Göttingen Minipig available in Korea.