Genus plc

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Genus plc
Traded as LSEGNS
Industry Biotechnology
Founded 1933
Headquarters Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Key people
Bob Lawson, Chairman[1]
Karim Bitar, CEO[1]
Revenue £345.3 million (2013)[2]
£37.2 million (2013)[2]
£27.0 million (2013)[2]

Genus plc is a British-based business selling products manufactured using biotechnology to cattle and pig farmers. It is headquartered in Basingstoke and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The business has its origins in the former Breeding & Production Division of the Milk Marketing Board which was established in 1933 and broken up in 1994.[3] In 1999 Genus acquired ABS Global, a company founded by J.R. Prentice in the US as the American Breeders Service in 1941 selling the semen of cattle.[4] In 2005 Genus acquired, through the takeover of Sygen International plc, PIC, a company founded by six pork producers in the UK as the Pig Improvement Company in 1962.[5]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Bob Lawson (Chairman).[1]
  • Karim Bitar (CEO).[1]
  • Stephen Wilson (Group Finance Director).[1]
  • Nigel Turner (Senior Non-Executive Director).[1]
  • Mike Buzzacott (Non-Executive Director).[1]
  • Professor Barry Furr (Non-Executive Director).[1]
  • Tom Kilroy (Group General Counsel & Company Secretary).[1]


The Company has two divisions:

  • ABS - products for cattle
  • PIC - products for pigs


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