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Historical overview

JANVIER LABS: more than 60 years at the service of Research

JANVIER LABS is an independent family-owned business established in 1960 by Roger Janvier. When the business was started, the total production area was 100 sqm. 60 years later the company - which now extends over 8 hectares - has become an international company that is among the world leaders in the production of laboratory rodents and associated services.

In 1960, Roger Janvier, at the time an engineer, read an article in the press warning researchers about the risks of using laboratory rodents reared by amateur breeders. It was then that he had the idea of founding a professional breeding facility in order to provide French research with reliable animals.
60 years later, the company has become international, whilst remaining faithful to the values of its founder.

With an on-going commitment to guaranteeing first-rate quality in terms of both health and genetics of its laboratory animals, JANVIER LABS is proud to have been the first French business to obtain ISO 9001 certification for all areas of its work back in 2000.

With a flourishing position throughout Europe as well as across the Atlantic, JANVIER LABS boasts Europe’s largest and most modern rodent breeding facility and the most qualified transgenic service specialists. A result to be proud of for this completely independent family business run by Eliane Janvier, daughter of the founder.

Our key dates

1960

1960

22 March 1960

1960

Breeding center founded by Mr Roger Janvier. A first building of 100 sqm

1972

1972

22 March 1972

Construction of a building with a new concept ensuring health security (ventilation, presence of an electric generator), Staff: 20 people

1980

1980

22 March 1980

Mrs Eliane Janvier joined the company

1988

1988

22 March 1988

Start of export to Belgium and Spain. Production area: 2,100 sqm

1990

1990

22 March 1990

CERJ became JANVIER

1990

1990-2

22 March 1990

1990-2

New building on a securisation concept with more adapted materials, production area: 3,500 sqm, Staff: 30 people, Start of export to Germany.

1996

1996

22 March 1996

Dr. Robert Leblanc joined the company

1997

1997

22 March 1997

1997

Eliane Janvier is appointed as Chairwoman

2001

2001

22 March 2001

2001

Construction of a new building ensuring a bio-security and technique restauration of the site, Production area: 6,250 sqm, Staff: 100 people.

2006

2006

22 March 2006

Extension of the site. Production area: 9,511 sqm. Staff: 185 people.

2010

2010

22 March 2010

Signature of an exclusive distribution agreement with The Jackson Laboratory for the Jax® Sperm Cryo Kit and related services. Staff: 220 people.

2013

2013

22 March 2013

JANVIER became JANVIER LABS

2016

2016

22 March 2016

New head office at Le Genest-Saint-Isle (53)

2017

2017

22 March 2017

2017

Our site became the largest and most advanced rodent breeding site in Europe further to the development of a new concept of production building. Sophie Janvier and Thomas Janvier joined the company.

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