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HGTD Leadership Sponsor Test Discovery- GTP In House Testing ISO Accredited/ GTP ISO Accredited/LAB ISO Accredited/tests Out Sourced Testing Any Patents Held

General Information

GTP Code
767 Warren Road, Suite 300
New York
Zip Code/ Postal Code
Participant Since:
Subsidiary Company


Staff Counts
Lab/Company Director
Sue Pearce-Kelling
Lab/Company Director Profile
PhD, MSc
Lead Scientist/ Geneticist
Diane Herman
Licensed veterinarian(s)
Other Experts
Licensed veterinarians; Ausra Milano

Quality Indicators - GTP

HGTD Leadership Sponsor
Participation Level
Leadership Sponsor
Year Established
In House Testing
Out Sourced Testing
ISO Accredited/ GTP
ISO Accredited/LAB
ISO Accredited/tests
Number of Tests with ISO/ details
Specifc Tests=2; General accreditation ALL
ISO Info
ISO 17025:2005 for the laboratory and in-house tests
ISO Comments
ISO17025 OptiGen webpage; ISO 17025 outlines a quality management system designed to ensure that a laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements necessary to consistently deliver technically valid test results.
Other Recognized Accreditation
Lab SOP details
All SOPs meet ISO 17025 requirements
ISAG Parentage Panel Used
Other Parentage Testing

Quality Indicators - Procedures/ Services

Sample collected by - GTP specific
By owner and/or veterinarians and/or contracted laboratories
Sample Identification
Laboratory ID, animal registration number, dog's name, and if available, witnessed permanent ID. All of the above, if provided with the order form, are included in the report (i.e. microchip, tattoo, registered name, number, date of birth and call name, along with unique sample/laboratory ID
Animal ID/ Sample Submission
Tattoo or microchip
Animal ID/ by GTP
Registration Number, Registered Name, Date of birth, gender.
Techincal handling proceedures - GTP specific
SOP (internal)
Test Result information
Reports meet ISO 17025 requirements. In addition to client and dog and sample ID information, all OptiGen reports include 3 sections regarding results: 1) Genotype; 2) Risk of developing diseaese being tested 3) Significance for breeding
Test results provided to
Owners, researchers and Kennel Club/Breed Clubs, by owner permission
Faults Protocol Details
As required for ISO17025 accreditation
Results Query Protocol
Laboratory Mishandling Protocol
Quality Assurance and Issue Resolution
Those tests that are not under ISO1725 ?scope? are also covered by SOPs. OptiGen runs a "CrossCheck" program based on sire and dam test result information (if available) in database. Offers free repeat testing and follow up consultation if "Mismatch"/non-Mendelian result obtained on offspring.
Contact for Queries
Breeding Advice
Advice Details
OptiGen provides genetic counselling, frequently based on direct knowledge/participation of counselor in the research that led to discovery of the mutation being tested.


Test Discovery- GTP
Ethics Details
Internal ethics and scientific review board consisting of professionals in field (PhD/board certified veterinary ophthalmologists/canine geneticists and PhD human geneticist
Test Development In-House
Any Patents Held
Details on Patents/Licenses Issued
See webpage for complete list of patents and licenses
Licences Held for Patented Tests
Optigen holds licences for various tests; see:
Research Collaborator
Refereed Publications list
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