Spanish pig AI company Semen Cardona and the IRTA food and agricultural research institute of the Catalunya government are among founders of Specific Pig, a new company based near Barcelona in Spain to breed high-health (specific pathogen free or SPF) pigs and use these in biomedical research. 

The company has also started a genetic program to create its own line of SpeciPig miniature pigs. Although medical research currently makes more use of 200-kilogram conventional pigs, Specific Pig states, miniature pigs weighing just 35 kilograms have the advantage of lower costs for feeding, housing, handling and treatment.