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LGC and ATCC Announce African Distribution Agreement

News Release

Manassas, VA, United States

January 19, 2015

LGC and ATCC today announce the extension of their existing distribution agreement to cover specified countries on the continent of Africa. LGC is currently the exclusive distributor of ATCC products throughout Europe. This extension enables ATCC to take advantage of the expansion of LGC’s sales office network in South Africa following the acquisition of Industrial Analytical in 2011.

Euan O’Sullivan, Managing Director of the Standards Division at LGC, said, “LGC is delighted to extend to Africa the European agreement we have had with ATCC since 1999. LGC is committed to supporting the international scientific community by providing our partners and customers with solutions that enable them to deliver the highest quality analytical results. As a leading global producer and distributor of reference materials and proficiency testing (PT) programmes, LGC’s partnership with ATCC, the premier global biological materials resource and standards organization, is highly complementary. We are delighted to be extending this partnership, further enhancing our combined efforts to enable scientists in Africa and worldwide to reach their goals of delivering high quality science to their communities.”

“Providing global access to high-quality ATCC biomaterials supports our mission to collaborate with and support the science community,” stated Willem Folkerts, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at ATCC. “We are gratified that this new agreement with LGC enables researchers in approved countries in Africa to receive the ATCC biomaterials and support they need in a more efficient manner to carry out their important work.”

Via this African distribution agreement, customers will benefit from customer service, technical support, stocking, and dispatch in the same time zone. Customers in sub-Saharan Africa will be served by LGC’s South African base, Industrial Analytical, while customers in North and West Africa will be served from LGC’s European sales offices; thereby enabling more timely and efficient communication and delivery, and easier payment in local currencies.

Please refer to ATCC's Determine Your Distributor page for specific African countries related to this agreement.

About ATCC

ATCC is a premier global biological materials and information resource and standards organization and the leading developer and supplier of authenticated cell lines, microorganisms, and associated data for academia, industry, and government. With a history of scientific contributions spanning nearly a century, ATCC offers an unmatched combination of being the world’s largest and most diverse collection of biological reference materials and data, and is a mission-driven, trusted partner that supports and encourages scientific collaboration. ATCC products, services, partnerships, and people provide the global scientific community with credible, advanced, model systems to support complex research and innovations in basic science, drug discovery, translational medicine, and public health. ATCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with headquarters in Manassas, Virginia, and a research and technology center of excellence in Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

Contact: Kim Testa, senior director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, ATCC, [email protected]

About LGC

LGC’s headquarters are in London and the company employs over 2,000 people, operating out of 22 countries worldwide. Its operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO/IEC 17025, GMP, GLP, and ISO Guide 34.

With a history dating back to 1842, LGC has been home to the UK Government Chemist for more than 100 years and is the designated UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bio measurement. LGC was privatised in 1996 and is now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint.

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Contact details

Julian Quigley,
Communications/Press Officer
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 8491
Email: [email protected]