The company develops disease and animal models for clients to use in assessing potential drugs. Noble Life Sciences uses many different species in its testing, including rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, guinea pigs, sheep, goats and pigs. Noble Life’s Chief Scientist Dr. Stephen Horrigan said the company does not use companion animals in its experiments, nor does it use non-human primates.

By establishing itself as an animal testing facility, Horrigan said the company has been able to support Maryland’s burgeoning life sciences ecosystem by providing options for many of the state’s companies, large and small. Horrigan said Noble Life Sciences has embraced many of the smaller companies in Maryland, particularly those that do not have infectious disease and oncology experts on the animal side of the science.