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Veterinary Testing Laboratory

  • Products:
  • Genetic testing service for many canine breeds

OptiGen LLC is a private genetic service company that provides testing for certain inherited diseases to owners of purebred dogs, breeders, and their veterinarians. The company’s core tests detect carrier and affected statuses for various inherited eye diseases, including seven types of progressive retinal atrophy and night blindness. The company’s goal is to implement tests for additional types of inherited diseases in multiple dog breeds.

Cornell Connection

The initial testing services of OptiGen were based on the discoveries made by faculty members of Cornell’s Baker Institute of Animal Health. The company’s core tests for eye diseases in purebred dogs were developed at Cornell. The company uses licensed Cornell technology and continues to pursue research interactions with the university.