About us

Did you know, that Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S was established based on breeding Göttingen Minipigs alone?

Learn about the foundation of our company below.


Company History

Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S was founded by Mr. Lars Ellegaard to supply scientists in biomedical research with a better non-rodent animal model, than what was already available. Such an animal model should have many similarities to humans, a high-quality health standard, and be small and easy to handle.


Did you know...

We received our first full AAALAC accreditation in 1998 and have maintained it ever since.

In 1969, the University of Göttingen in Germany finalized the development of such an animal model, and later, in 1991, entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Lars Ellegaard. Shortly after, a number of pregnant sows went through Caesarean sections at our facility in Denmark and thereby established the foundation of the herd still in breeding today. Based on the high quality of health standards, Lars Ellegaard created the first colony of barrier-bred, microbiologically defined Göttingen Minipigs.

International presence

International expansion

In 2003, a minipig herd was moved to the United States where Göttingen Minipigs are now bred and distributed by Marshall BioResources.

In 2010, an agreement with Oriental Yeast Co. was signed for the distribution of Göttingen Minipigs in Japan. Later, in 2013, Oriental Yeast Co. also started breeding Göttingen Minipigs for the Japanese market.

In 2014, a distribution agreement with Woojung BSC has made Göttingen Minipigs available in Korea.

In 2018, Göttingen Minipigs became commercially available in India.