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The new technology enables better control over fish reproduction cycle, increasing spawning and fish size (Photo: FIS stock)

Yissum Introduces A Novel Method For Improving Fish Farming

  (ISRAEL, 6/5/2012)

The global crisis of the world's fisheries is leading to increased reliance on fish farming. With fish being such an important food source, there is a need to better understand how to increase their reproductive capabilities.

Now, Yissum Research and Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has introduced a novel method for improving fish farming.

Prof. Berta Levavi-Sivan

The invention, which enables controlling fish reproduction, will increase successful spawning, improve egg quality and prevent early sexual maturation that leads to smaller cultured fish.

The technology was patented by Yissum, which is currently searching for an appropriate partner for the further development and commercialization of the product.

The novel method was invented by Prof. Berta Levavi-Sivan from the Department of Animal Sciences, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University and Prof. Chaim Gilon from the Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science of the Hebrew University, who developed analogs and antagonists of a novel reproductive fish hormone, Neurokinin B, that enable manipulation of hormonal activity and reproductive cycles.

 Yaacov Michlin, CEO of Yissum

Unlike other agents currently in the market, the new agents, which are low cost and easy to manufacture, are expected to enable the control of different stages of fish reproduction, and are appropriate for both sexes in many fish species.

Yaacov Michlin, CEO of Yissum, commented, "The hormone analogs developed by Prof. Levavi-Sivan and Prof. Gilon have far reaching implications for fish farming economics and sustainability."

"While fish consumption is increasing worldwide, wild fisheries are suffering severe depletion, and aquaculture is steadily taking its place. This invention has the potential to propel this industry forward", added Michlin.

About Yissum Research Development Company

Yissum Research and Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. was founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property.

Products based on Hebrew University technologies that have been commercialized by Yissum currently generate USD 2 Billion in annual sales.

Ranked among the top technology transfer companies in the world, Yissum has registered over 7,700 patents covering 2,200 inventions; has licensed out 580 technologies and has spun out 74 companies.

Yissum’s business partners span the globe and include companies such as Novartis, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Intel, Teva and many more.

Source: Yissum Research Development Company 

Margaret E.L. Stacey
Editor Companies and Products

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City: Jerusalem
State/ZIP: (91390)
Country: Israel
Phone: +972 2-658-6688
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