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CAT Invests in the Future of Genetics and Genome Editing

CAT invests in the future of genetics and genome editing. The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) has announced an expansion of their San Diego facility by opening the Finfish Genetics Innovation Centre.

The new research space is fully dedicated to the delivery of foundational advances in genome editing technologies for commercial aquaculture applications.

This investment represents a significant step by CAT in their mission to help the aquaculture industry increase efficiency through the development and application of genomic tools for next-generation breeding. “The San Diego facility expansion aligns with our plans to accelerate strategic growth and expand CAT’s global footprint,” says Dr. John Buchanan, President and CEO, “the Finfish Genetics Innovation Centre will support the continued commercialization of our patented genome editing technologies and ability to drive genetic innovation in aquaculture.”

The facility includes a state-of-the-art genome editing and germ cell transfer laboratory for commercial-scale research applications, as well as a wet lab for data collection. Also included are new, world-class RAS systems, custom-built to support research and animal welfare, and to help streamline maintenance and husbandry activities. Bringing these three workspaces together under one roof will enhance efficiency in conducting research and delivering breakthroughs. Of the new Centre, Matt Stone, Facility Manager, says, “Our Aquatic Facilities team is looking forward to utilizing the new Finfish Genetics Innovation Centre and is excited to participate in the ground-breaking research in aquaculture genetics and genomics.”

This modern facility will be dedicated to Dr. Michael Horne for his contributions as an advisor to CAT, and for his dedication to aquaculture innovation. For decades, Mike has been a trailblazer in the world of aquaculture research, and his work has left a permanent and undeniably positive mark on the industry and a host of aquaculture scientists.


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