IdentiGEN wins major genomics contract with Norwegian salmon breeding consortium

IdentiGEN wins major genomics contract

Leading food-animal DNA identification company, Dublin based IdentiGEN, today announced the successful award of a major contract.

IdentiGEN will serve the multi-annual breeding objectives of Marine Harvest and SalmoBreed (a Benchmark Holdings plc. company), two of the world’s leading salmon breeding companies together with Nofima (the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research).

Enabled by advances in high-throughput genotyping technology, IdentiGEN will support the ambitions of its aquaculture clients to develop and deliver productive, safe and sustainable seafood through improved genetics.

The initial contract, which involves DNA analysis of hundreds of thousands of fish, provides a foundation for the future DNA analysis of millions of salmon farmed throughout the world.

Through the power of genomic selection, traits of significant economic value including growth rate, disease resistance and product quality, can be advanced by naturally harnessing the genetic variation that exists within the breeding population.

IdentiGEN’s Managing Director and Founder Ciaran Meghen said: “We are particularly excited to work with the Consortium, as the Norwegian industry sets the pace for global innovation.

“As aquaculture production recently surpassed wild caught fisheries, the importance of genetic improvement across diverse farmed fish and shellfish species cannot be underestimated.”

Marine Harvest Genomics Specialist Dr. Matthew Baranski commented: “As the cost of genomic testing has fallen the opportunity for its uptake has accelerated and we are pushing the boundaries of its application in aquaculture, as the potential to improve productivity using these techniques is compelling”.

SalmoBreed’s Dr. Borghild Hillestad confirmed that IdentiGEN had been selected based on a combination of its technical capabilities, quality of service and competitiveness in responding to the Consortium’s requirements. 

Further Information
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications, Dublin, Ireland.
[email protected] / 00353 (0) 86 317 9731. 

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About IdentiGEN
IdentiGEN is a leading provider of DNA identification solutions to the international agri-food industry, with laboratory operations in Ireland, UK, USA and Canada. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

About Marine Harvest
Marine Harvest Group is the world’s leading seafood company and largest producer of farmed salmon, with presence in 24 countries and a total of 12,400 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). 

About SalmoBreed
SalmoBreed is a world leading company within breeding and genetics of Atlantic salmon. The head office is in Bergen, Norway and the company is owned by the UK listed company Benchmark Holdings plc. 

Nofima was established in 2008, and is Europe’s largest institute for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food. The institute delivers internationally recognised research and develops solutions that provide a competitive edge throughout the value chain.