- CAT appoints Simon Hill as Chief Business Development Officer
The leading provider of contract research services to the aquaculture industry with locations in the United States (USA) and Canada, the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), has announced the opening of the Shrimp Genetics Innovation Center at their San Diego location to facilitate research aimed at delivering impactful solutions. According to the company, the facility’s opening sets the stage for revolutionizing shrimp genetic performance and accelerating next-generation breeding through the application of innovative genome editing techniques.
The CEO of CAT, John Buchanan, stated: “With this investment, we have further solidified our position as a leader in the delivery of impactful genetic solutions to help shrimp producers feed the world more efficiently.”
The new state-of-the-art facility features a cutting-edge genome editing lab and tank space, effectively quadrupling CAT’s shrimp research capacity to help the producers to enhance efficiency and reduce mortality in the middle of the global growth of the shrimp industry that is placing significant pressure on them, presenting with ongoing challenges.
Solving problems that conventional breeding methods are unable to address
CAT is committed to helping shrimp producers do more with less through the development and application of genome editing technology and methodology, which can solve problems that conventional breeding methods are unable to address and substantially accelerate the pace of genetic improvement.
Matt Stone, Facility Manager, looks forward to benefiting clients, stating, “The increase in rearing and research capacity means we are even better prepared to deliver innovations to boost efficiency in the shrimp industry through genome editing. Our team is excited to be working in this new space and looks forward to helping clients achieve their goals.”
By opening this facility at their San Diego location, the staff of the Shrimp Genetics Innovation Center can benefit from a synergistic relationship with CAT Finfish Genetics Innovation Center.
The new facility is dedicated to the memory of Richard H. Towner, a researcher in the field of genetics who served as a trusted advisor to CAT. Towner’s invaluable contributions to the aquaculture industry and his mentorship of numerous researchers have greatly propelled advancements in the field.
Another important announcement
Some days after the opening, the Center for Aquaculture Technologies announced Simon Hill as their new Chief Business Development Officer. In this role, Simon will spearhead strategic growth initiatives, expanding market reach, driving global expansion, and forging long-term partnerships, with a special focus on the rapidly advancing genome editing space.
Hill brings over 20 years of business development experience to the table. “His expertise spans strategy development, dynamic financial modelling, and project management. He has led multiple key market entries and service offerings within the scope of aquaculture genetics and research,” the company said in a press release.
“With his extensive experience in long-term strategic planning and structural development, Simon Hill is the perfect fit for this new position. I am very pleased to welcome him to the team. His inclusion will enhance value to our clients and create new opportunities for boosting efficiency and sustainability in the aquaculture sector,” commented John Buchanan, CAT’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Simon is passionate about what CAT has achieved to date and looks forward to expanding their reach and impact. Of the new role he says, “I’m very excited to be joining the senior management team at the Center for Aquaculture Technologies. CAT is at the forefront of technologies that are essential for the sustainable and profitable development of aquaculture globally and I’m very much looking forward to being at the heart of the strategic development of both CAT and their clients,” he added.
With Hill’s appointment, CAT is well-positioned to expand their global market share and further strengthen their position as a leading provider of genetic services to the aquaculture industry, they said.
Lasting, sustainable success
Driven by passion, purpose and results, the team at the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) offers an industry-leading, comprehensive suite of aquaculture genetic solutions and health and nutrition research services. We are committed to delivering results that our customers can use to achieve lasting, sustainable success in efficiently feeding future generations. Our team of world-class experts is ready to help, offering end-to-end solutions, tailored to your needs.