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Changes in store for Huntingdon and Harlan
Late June saw Huntingdon Life Sciences and Harlan Laboratories announce that the combined companies will be called Envigo. The new name and brand will be launched later this year.
The name Envigo is made from a combination of words that reflect the identity of the new company. The letters E and N come from “enhance, enrich and enable”—the company aims to help make the world a better place through advancing the research and product development of its customers. As for the “vigo” part, it originates from “vigorous and invigorate,” and the Latin word “vita” means “life”—so, being dynamic and strong, imparting vitality, energy and life.
The new company is aimed at being a leading provider of nonclinical contract research, research models, products and services to the pharmaceutical, crop protection and chemical industries, universities, government and other research organizations.
“This is a hugely exciting time for our company. We at Envigo will be united with our customers in the knowledge that the research they conduct, and the products we help them develop, have the potential to enhance life,” said CEO Brian Cass. “Our new name and brand will reflect our integrated management structure and the broader product and service offerings of our combined organization.”
Adrian Hardy, chief operating officer, added: “Our customers are looking for partners who understand their goals, take ownership of projects and deliver high-quality products and science. Our goal is to establish Envigo as the number-one partner for both customer service and scientific expertise.”
In mid-July, the companies also noted that a group of institutional investors has committed up to $125 million in a minority equity financing that can be used to fund future growth initiatives.