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New head for Benchmark’s CleanTreat

8 May 2019, at 10:18am

Benchmark has appointed experienced aquaculture veterinarian Neil Robertson as its new head of CleanTreat.

Robertson is a veterinary surgeon and has 10 years’ experience in the aquaculture industry, including time spent in technical and commercial roles in Norway, UK, Ireland and the Faroe Islands with Novartis Animal Health. More recently, he was European commercial manager of Elanco’s aquaculture division and an active board member of the Sea Lice Research Centre (SLRC) in Bergen.

Neil Robetson, who was previosly with Novartis and Elanco, will lead the commercialisation of Benchmark's CleanTreat system
Neil Robetson, who was previosly with Novartis and Elanco, will lead the commercialisation of Benchmark's CleanTreat system

He will work with Benchmark Animal Health’s development and commercial teams to support ongoing work towards commercialisation of CleanTreat, alongside the launch of Benchmark’s next generation sea lice product and third party commercial opportunities.

“I am delighted to be joining the Benchmark Animal Health team at a pivotal stage in its growth. This is a unique opportunity for me to lead a dynamic, talented and passionate team who have worked extensively on this innovative solution. I truly believe CleanTreat will change the future of the management of sea lice,” said Robertson.

John Marshall, head of Benchmark Animal Health, commented : “CleanTreat represents a transformational change in the battle against one of the salmon industry’s greatest challenges and a step towards a future where no chemicals are applied directly to the oceans.”

 

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It is vital that fish farm operatives who are responsible for farmed fish are trained in their health and welfare. This will help to ensure that fish are free from disease and suffering whilst at the same time promote good productivity and comply with legislation.

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“We are thrilled that Neil has joined us to head up the CleanTreat business opportunity. His proven commercial track record in the aquaculture industry, and his technical and veterinary experience, means he is perfectly placed to support the sustainable development and growth of the salmon industry and Benchmark."