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Benchmark merges genetics firms

23 September 2019, at 9:17am

Akvaforsk Genetics and SalmoBreed have merged to establish Benchmark Genetics Norway in a move that aims to strengthen the company’s ability to deliver sustained genetic improvements and support aquaculture producers to increase quality, yield, health and welfare.

CEO of Benchmark Genetics, Jan-Emil Johannessen, says: "To create an even stronger organisation, we have merged the group's two Norwegian genetics companies. This strategic move also strengthens our position in the Norwegian and international markets."

Jan-Emil Johannessen, CEO of Benchmark Genetics
Jan-Emil Johannessen, CEO of Benchmark Genetics

The merged company has 36 employees, of which more than 20 hold a PhD or Masters. All will remain in their positions in the merged entity.

"Our objective is to be at the forefront of R&D in genetics for the aquaculture industry. That is why it is important to create a cross-functional and international knowledge centre to support our strategy of delivering sustained genetic improvement to the aquaculture sector," says Johannessen.

 

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The merged company is headquartered in Bergen, and the enterprise number of SalmoBreed AS (983 506 925) is retained for the new entity. Going forward, the company will continue to provide Atlantic salmon ova and advanced genetic improvement services and build upon the combined knowledge of the teams of experts in internal and external R&D projects. Benchmark Genetics Norway will maintain the brand names SalmoBreed and Akvaforsk Genetics.