About Us

IBEX Preclinical Research, Inc., was founded in 2003 by Dr. Michael Larson to provide preclinical testing services for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Dr. Larson is a veterinarian that has over 20 years of training and experience in laboratory animal medicine and experimental surgery.

IBEX has proven to be a trusted outsourced partner and provider of preclinical surgical studies in a variety of laboratory animal species. By focusing on our core values of quality research and superior client service we have grown into research leaders in experimental surgical studies including orthopedics, soft tissue and vascular surgery. We also provide non-surgical studies such as nonsurgical drug toxicity and PK studies.

We are located in the beautiful mountain valleys of Northern Utah and have recently completed a second facility expansion to meet the increasing demand for our services. Our team of professionals is committed to providing you with a world-class experience. We appreciate your interest in our services, and invite you to browse our site, learn more about what has made Ibex successful and join the growing list of satisfied Ibex clients.

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Dr. Joshua Packer

Dr. Packer purchased IBEX Preclinical Research in April 2022. His decade plus experience in the preclinical industry includes work in GLP, medical device, experimental surgery, model development, and contract research arenas. He has extensive experience in interventional radiology, cardiothoracic and neurosurgery (invasive and non-invasive). His business experience includes company founder and experience in raising venture capital. Dr. Packer’s 10 plus year biomedical research career highlights include:

  • Research Technician, IBEX Preclinical Research, Logan UT
  • Washington State University DVM, 2017
  • #1 Preclinical Surgeon, Medtronic Physiological Research Laboratories (PRL), Minneapolis, MN.
  • Founder JP Lawrence Biomedical

Dr. Michael Larson

Dr. Larson established IBEX Preclinical Research, Inc. as a natural progression of a veterinary career in animal research. His experience in the field spans over 20 years and includes GLP discovery research support, experimental surgery, model development, research animal medicine and regulatory compliance in pharmaceutical, academic and contract research environments. He is also an experienced study director. Dr. Larson’s 20 plus year biomedical research career highlights include:

  • Purdue DVM, 1988
  • Letterman Army Institute for Research-Surgery
  • In Vivo Preclinical Director of Organ Transplantation Studies, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Director of Experimental Surgery and Model Development, Roche Bioscience, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Co-Owner and Study Director, Frontier Biomedical, Inc.
  • Clinical Veterinarian, Stanford University Department of Comparative Medicine, Palo Alto, CA.