Aquainnovo is an initiative that includes the creation of a research and technology transfer and the incorporation of a team of scientists and top-level professionals who will work in research and development of breeding strategies and biotechnology.
It is a company founded in 2007 by initiative and contributions AquaChile Business SA, with the strong support of the Government of Chile through its grant funds as Innova Chile and the academic and scientific support of the University of Chile.
BioMar Group has set a comprehensive agenda for its research activities in the Chilean aquaculture research centre ATC Patagonia. Focus is set on innovative R&D projects of interest for the global aquaculture industry in regards to fish nutrition and health.
In October 2016 BioMar Group signed an agreement with AquaInnovo to purchase and utilise 30 % of its aquaculture research and development centre situated in Lenca, Chile. This initiative has now been formalised and the new name of the centre is Aquaculture Technology Centre Patagonia (ATC Patagonia).
Håvard Jørgensen, Global Director of R&D of BioMar, said: - We look forward to innovating aquaculture and aquaculture feeds by utilising the research resources that are available, in Chile as well as elsewhere in the world. We have set a comprehensive agenda of research projects and our agenda for 2017 is made up of research related to nutrition for fresh water and sea water species, focusing on raw material knowledge, feed model building and health aspects, mainly on Salmon Rickettsial Septicaemia (SRS) which has caused significant losses to the salmon farming sector, and not only in Chile.
BioMar has a long history of collaboration with external research partners to achieve best in class results, and BioMar's in-house research and development facilities has steadily been expanding. ATC Patagonia now forms part of BioMar's global network of research centres.
Jørgensen emphasized the value of ATC Patagonia: - The work that BioMar is going to carry out at ATC Patagonia will be transversal and cover diverse requirements for different species and farming conditions where our feed is utilised. We have chosen to invest in this research facility because we are convinced that it is perfectly suited to bring many advances in solving the challenges faced by the aquaculture industry. ATC Patagonia will reduce the take to market time, making us more flexible and robust - all for the best of our customers.
BioMar and AquaInnovo share the facilities of ATC Patagonia, the most complete and modern aquaculture research centre in the Southern Hemisphere. The research capacity that is not being used by BioMar will be available for developing trials and research projects through AquaInnovo.