Showcasing the Most Exciting Innovation in Farm Management, Nutrition and Health Innovation
Now in its 3rd year, the Aquaculture Innovation Summit is a major part of the Animal Health Innovation series, which focuses on showcasing and supporting innovation and sustainability initiatives in three key areas of aquaculture: farm management, nutrition and health.
Our objective at this two-day event is to bring to light cutting-edge modern technologies and solutions that are helping shape one of the most important industries for the future of global protein.
Below is a preview of some of the topics to be discussed:
- Innovation Showcase: The 12 most exciting innovations in aqua across farm management, nutrition and health, each seeking financial investment and strategic partnership
- Digital Trends: How innovative companies are using digital and tech solutions to prevent disease
- Tech & Productivity: What challenges are seafood producers currently facing and what technology can make an impact on productivity?
- Health and Nutrition Trends: Oral Vaccines, Medicated Feed Additives and Fish Microbiome
- Global Focus: Trends in the aquaculture markets in Latin America and Asia.
- Expanded focus on species: What are the opportunities for innovation in Tilapia and Shrimp?
Who Will Be There
Pre-Revenue and Emerging Aquaculture Companies
Business Development and Strategic Teams from Big Aqua Farming, Feed & Health Companies
Financial Investors, Venture Capital & Private Equity Investors
National Regulatory Bodies, Regional Associations & Government
Service providers, CRO’s and Consultants
Thank you to everyone that applied to the 2018 Innovation Showcase - we received a record number of applications, all of superbly high quality.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 12 FINALISTS
Our Selection Committee hand-picked twelve Start-up companies to present on-site as part of the 2018 Aquaculture Innovation Showcase - pitching their novel technologies to our panel of investors.
These presentations showcased the innovation and opportunity that the emerging companies bring to aquaculture Health, Nutrition and Farm Management:Arbiom | Entocycle | JALA | KnipBio | Manolin | Mithal AS | Planktonic | Proteon Pharmaceuticals | Quantidoc AS | VakSea | Verifik8 | WSENSE
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 3 WINNERS
A brilliant achievement for the three winners of the 2018 Innovation Showcase:
Winner: Health Innovation - Manolin
Winner: Nutrition Innovation - Entocycle
Winner: Farm Management Innovation - Mithal AS
In the News
We've been featured!
This 'golden age of aquaculture investors’ is the perfect time for start-ups in the industry to find investment for their innovative new products. Jenny Hjul at FISHupdate spoke to these investors at the Aquaculture Innovation Summit this week and discusses her learnings in her article here.
Entocycle, winners of the Nutrition Innovation Showcase pitching their technologies
Venture Capital Investors 2018
Koen van Engelen
Selection Committee 2018
Highlights from 2018
"Exciting showcase of innovations in Aqua supporting challenges of the industry today and in the future"
Louise Buttle, Technology Lead Coldwater, Cargill Aqua Nutrition
"A vibrant and dynamic event that attracted a high calibre of speakers and delegates alike"
Rob Fletcher, Senior Editor, The Fish Site
"This was another successful conference building on last year’s event. There was lots of content - we were certainly kept busy and engaged throughout. It was a great opportunity to catch up with innovators and industry players, and to make some new contacts"
Jamie Stein, Devonian Capital
"A relevant and good network opportunity for startups"
Ole Jacob Myre, CEO, Quantidoc AS
"Energetic and enthusiastic discussion with industry experts and leaders"
Sandra Hogg, Director of Biology, Chalante
"Very interesting speakers talking about cutting edge technology"
Vaughn Entwistle, Features Editor, International Aquafeed
The Speakers in 2018
Geir Bjarne Myre
Prof. Ross Houston
Dr Houston’s research is primarily aimed at producing salmon offspring which will be less likely to catch diseases or infection. This is done by looking at the genes of salmon which have contracted these deficiencies and identifying the difference between them and the genes of those which did not. From this genetic data, you can now see which salmon will be resistant, and which will not.
Fish with resistant genes can be chosen and bred with one another, hopefully removing the likelihood of their offspring contracting diseases. These fish are then hatched into a fresh water hatchery, and moved to a salt water farming location after one year. These fish should be less likely to contract diseases, infections or sea lice, a trait they should pass on to their offspring.
There is no genetic manipulation in this process; it is a selective breeding process which uses genetic research to produce salmon which are more likely to survive in fish farms, and can result in higher quality fillets for consumers.
Dr Houston’s research has had a positive impact in many areas.
Since joining Rabobank in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik has been a Senior Analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing.
In his primary role, he works as a sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Corporate Finance Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry.
Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.
General Fisheries Committee for the Mediteranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
Member of the Expert Group for the Selection of Indicators for the Sustainable Development of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean
General Fisheries Committee for the Mediteranean (GFCM)of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
International Marketing Expert for the project Marketing of Aquaculture Products: Development of a Strategy for Marketing and Promotion of Mediterranean Aquaculture
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
Member of Expert Group and Contributor for the Guide for the Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture : Site Selection and Site Management
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
Member of Expert Group and Contributor for the Guide for the Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture : Responsible Aquaculture practices and Certification
Simon is the Senior Vice-President of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). He is an Honorary Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and a trustee of livestock development charity, Send a Cow. Simon graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 2000 and his career has spanned general veterinary practice, animal health & welfare policy, diagnostics, research, epizootic disease preparedness and biotechnology; with a specific interest in the design of novel vaccines for food-producing animals.
Simon is the Animal Science Specialist for the Agri-Tech Organisation of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Using his broad knowledge of the animal health sector, coupled with an understanding of the UK Agri-Tech offer, Simon works with animal health companies – from SMEs to large multinationals – to maximise their opportunities by locating in the UK. In addition to technologies linked to livestock, his portfolio also includes companion animal and aquaculture innovation.
Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience in international agribusiness through his roles within the Hillsdown Holdings / HMTF group, operating in animal breeding, poultry, feed milling and veterinary services. During this time, Malcolm gained extensive experience in breeding and genetics, sales and strategic M&A, and held board positions within the Group. In 2000, Malcolm founded Benchmark, along with Roland Bonney and Ruth Layton, and has since led the Company’s growth and diversification. Malcolm has a degree in Zoology / Applied Zoology from the University of Wales (Bangor)
MacLean has experience working in several global regions including Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and has studied aquaculture, manufacturing, and engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science (fisheries technology) from the University of Tasmania, Australia, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Arturo Clément Diaz has been involved in the Chilean salmon industry since 1988—the very early days of salmon farming—and has been one of the pioneers who helped lead the industry in becoming one of the world’s largest producers of salmon. He started his career working for foods corporations as Bresler and Unifrutti and for the Goverment Agency, Odeplan, joining the company known then as Salmones Multiexport , which became MultiexportFoods in 1989.
In his role as CEO, Mr. Clément directed the vertical integration of the company, implementing a development plan that made MultiexportFoods one of the most efficiently run organizations in the world. He set up the company’s commercial office in Miami, Florida (USA), which served as the distribution and sales office for North America and the same office in Tokyo, Japan. In 2007, Mr. Clément took the company public, giving Multiexport Foods the distinction of being the second Chilean salmon company to be listed on the Chilean Stock Exchange—the Bolsa de Comercio –in Santiago.
He left Multiexport in 2010 focus on developing new business in the salmon industry, SalmonEx is one of them. Mr. Clément studied Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Chile, and he also participated in a Management Training Program in Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in year 2000 and a Diploma in Management Abilities in the Department of Industrial Engineering in Universidad de Chile in year 2005.
Gerard heads the fund's business development efforts and is part of the deal sourcing and investment team of VisVires New Protein (VVNP), a Singapore-based Venture Fund focused on innovative solutions to the acute inefficiencies of the food and feed industry. They look for disruptive technologies to improve the interaction between food and health, solutions to tackle food waste, food safety & traceability, and to address the unsustainability of the protein production system.
Most recently, Gerard was the right-hand to the former Chairman of the holding co. of the Firmenich Group, where he was Head of Special Projects investing across multiple asset classes. Previously, he was an Investment Analyst with Saratoga Capital, an Indonesia-focused private equity fund.
Christian Rangen is a serial entrepreneur, strategy advisor and early-stage investor.
He works with startups, scale-ups and large corporates to help build better business models and new growth companies.
Chris is the founder of X2 Labs – a startup factory, one of the most ambitious accelerator programs in the Nordics. X2 Labs is a venture builder, building entirely new startups around the industries of the future. Recent programs include “Smart City”, “Digital Tourism”, “Ocean Space” and “Aquaculture of Tomorrow”. In his various roles, he has helped fund, build or scale close to 100 startups over the past 10 years. Currently, he is chairman, board member and hands-on advisor to 15+ startups, several in aquaculture and seafood.
He is also a strategy & transformation advisor to global firms, with clients in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Dubai and Europe.
Chris is also senior faculty at BI- Norwegian Business School, management author, keynote speaker and avid kitesurfer.
He resides in Norway, but travels globally for projects, clients and investment opportunities.
(LinkedIn) Mike Selden's background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has played a big role in him dedicating his life to climate justice and science advocacy. He has always been very politically active and considers his work now to be an extension of that. Before co-founding Finless Foods, he was working at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in high-throughput cancer screening. His university research projects were twofold, one focusing on fungal epigenetics to solve food crises and the other on the evolutionary biomechanics of the mantis shrimp. He was a high school chemistry teacher at Wagor International school in Taichung Taiwan, where he ended up learning enough Chinese to become co-editor in chief of ChinaSMACK, a website that translates Chinese news for the English speaking world. He also has done work at New Harvest, a non-profit forwarding research in the clean meat field.
Dr. John Buchanan serves as the President and CEO for the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), a team with a corporate strategy of maintaining excellence in contract research and innovative R&D in aquaculture biotechnology. Prior to helping launch CAT, Dr. Buchanan spent 5 years as the Director of Research and Development at AquaBounty Technologies. Previously, Dr. Buchanan has held a series of research leadership positions at Louisiana State University, the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and Kent SeaTech Corporation. Dr. Buchanan has led research on the application of genetic engineering to aquaculture, the use of selective breeding, hatchery technologies, and genomics for improved productivity in finfish, the development of novel therapeutics for aquaculture, and the molecular and genetic basis for virulence in aquatic and human pathogens. He also has experience directing and conducting studies compliant with governmental regulatory standards (GLP/GCP).
Dr. Buchanan completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Zoology, and received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Louisiana State University with a focus on marine biotechnology.
Specialties: business development, corporate strategy, genetic engineering, infectious disease, molecular microbiology, vaccine development, biotechnology, molecular biology, ploidy manipulation, cryopreservation, GLP, GCP, regulatory studies
Chris Beattie is Head of Global Aquaculture Business at MSD Animal Health, based in New Jersey, USA where he is responsible for strategic planning, driving R&D focus and directing business development. Chris has a background in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Fish Physiology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where he worked in conjunction with the Institute of Marine Research, Norway. Prior to joining MSD Animal Health, Chris worked in several technical and commercial roles with Skretting in Europe and North America, latterly as General Manager of Skretting North America.
As Managing Director at DBT, we deliver web, mobile, digital, data management & business intelligence solutions across the global Animal Health and Agricultural supply chain. We provide our customers with a blend of technology, knowledge and talent to solve their business problems.
As a part of Proagrica, we deliver Precision Animal Health and Precision Agriculture solutions providing our customers with data insight, traceability, correlation and predictive analysis.
I work with our varying customer base on strategic growth and planning where technology is an enabler for streamlining and improving processes and enabling business growth and ROI. We offer our customers solutions where integration of key technology and solutions adds value to the business and customer experience, delivers successful services and enables consistent and consolidated communications.
My experience covers integration and EDI solutions, business strategy, business planning and sales of varying solutions that cover eSolutions, web sites, business management solutions, strategic partnership solutions (rebate, loyalty, promotions) and data management and BI solutions. I spend a lot of time with our customers delivering and planning a solution foundation. This focuses on developing strategic roadmaps and business plans to deliver a growing and innovative technology platform enabling revenue growth and operational cost savings. In turn this allows standardization of business applications and services to be deployed regionally and globally within our customers organizations.
Koen van Engelen
Koen is one of the two founders of Venture IQ, an Amsterdam/Shanghai based technology scouting firm that assists its clients with identifying and selecting technology companies globally, across all industries. Currently Venture IQ is one of the fastest growing scouting firms in Europe, servicing a broad range of corporate clients. Its scouting platform consists of a team of analysts, datasets with global coverage and collaboration software that allows Venture IQ to work closely with its clients.
Before founding Venture IQ in 2015, Koen was an investor and had Partner roles with Anterra Capital and Rabo Ventures and started his career at Alpinvest.
Louise Buttle is Global Technology Lead for Cargill Aqua Nutrition; a global player in salmon feed. Throughout her career, Louise has followed salmon around the world and held positions in Scotland, Chile and Norway; the majority of these roles have been in R&D and product development.
Neil’s passion revolves around the science of aquaculture & it's place in the biz world & together the social & financial impact this can have. Within that space he enjoys strategy, innovation & leadership. Neil has held various strategic, marketing and business development positions across the aquaculture value chain from seafood production through aquatic veterinary health, feed and nutrition and is now the Aquaculture Product Line Dir. for Cargill Digital Insights. Neil has lived & worked in key aquaculture economies across Asia, Europe, Africa & the Americas.
Adel El Mowafi
Adel has 30 years’ experience in fish nutrition R&D and for the last Fifteen years has been working for EWOS Innovation as a senior scientist and Manager Director. EWOS Innovation is the R&D body for Cargill - EWOS; an international fish feed company operating in 20 countries. Adel has worked in academic and industrial environments in Egypt, Canada and Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor at Animal and Plant science at Nova Scotia Agricultural College and holds a black belt of six sigma. Adel has recently moved back to Canada and leading the technology application team of Cargill Aqua Nutrition.
Adel is a veterinarian by training and holds a master and Ph.D. in fish nutrition.
PHARMAQ is the global leader in vaccines and innovation for aquaculture and part of Zoetis, the world leader in animal health. The company provides environmentally sound, safe and efficacious health products to the global aquaculture industry through targeted research and the commitment of dedicated people. Production facilities, administration and research and development activities are based in Norway with subsidiaries in Chile, United Kingdom, China, Vietnam, Turkey, Spain, Panama and Singapore. PHARMAQ has approximately 220 employees. The company’s products are marketed in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. For further information, visit the company’s website at www.pharmaq.com
Cargill Aqua Nutrition
Cargill Aqua Nutrition is a world leader in aquaculture feed and nutrition. To deliver on our promise of healthy seafood for future generations, we commit to support the sustainable growth of the global aquaculture industry by creating better operations in a better workplace with better supply chains.
The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada
The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) is a company focused on improving productivity in the aquaculture industry, with operations in San Diego, USA, and Prince Edward Island, Canada. The company operates two major divisions. The first is a one-stop CRO for aquaculture technology companies, with a focus on fish health, fish nutrition, genetics and genomics, and diagnostics. The company has broad expertise that can be leveraged to take product development through proof of concept through regulatory approval. In 2016 CAT received Aquatic Animal Pathogen Containment Level 3 certification for the wet lab facility in PEI, allowing trials to be conducted with any aquatic pathogen and any aquatic species. CAT also maintains expertise in diet formulation and facilities for conducting feed trials with novel ingredients or validating existing diets. All trials can be conducted to GLP/GCP regulatory standards. A fully-equipped molecular laboratory supports the fish health and nutrition work through diagnostics. The laboratory also supports genotyping and genomics projects for aquaculture and support for breeding programs, and we have particular expertise in the unique characteristics of fish and shellfish genomes. The second division is Internal R&D focused on genetic engineering solutions for aquaculture. Current projects include manipulation of fish sterility, and development of new and novel GE tools for aquaculture.
The Department for International Trade (DIT)
The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. We also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK - our services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world.
We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.
We are an international economic department, responsible for:
- bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
- delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
- promoting British trade and investment across the world
- building the global appetite for British goods and services
Fibras Industriales SA
Fibras Industriales SA, commercially known as FISA, is a leading producer and distributor of fishing nets, ropes and twine with more than 70 years of experience in the fishing and aquaculture markets.
FISA manufactures a full range of nets made of Nylon, Polyester (both white and black) Polyethylene and polypropylene. The company products include: Knotless (Raschel) netting, Twisted Knotted netting, Braided Knotted netting and Twisted Knotless netting for use in trawl net, purse seine nets fish cages, anti-predator nets, anti-bird nets, sports nets and more.
The company is a leader in designing, developing and supplying fully rigged nets and cages for pelagic fisheries, inshore farms, offshore farms, lakes, rivers and dams with ample experience in products for the fishing and farming of Anchoveta, Sardines, Horse Mackerel, Salmon, Trout, Sea Bass, Sea Bream, Tilapia, Sturgeon, Red Drum amongst other species.
FISA rigged cages and rigged fishing nets are exported across the globe with customers ranging from Chile, Australia, England, Spain, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Honduras, Iceland, Australia, USA & Ghana.
SUPRA Advanced Fibers are 3RD generation braided knotted nets produced with high density Polyethylene. Among all its features, the ones that stand out are its lighter weight, higher break strength, high tenacity and less water absorption and fouling impregnation.
XpertSea is a Canadian technology company that’s transforming how the global aquaculture industry farms seafood. Combining artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine learning, our solution empowers hatcheries, farms and research centers to track and manage their aquatic populations with greater speed, accuracy and insight than ever before. With aquaculture producers around the world using our technology to reduce waste and increase profits, we’re taking a business-friendly, technology-driven approach to promoting global food sustainability.
Our mission: to develop technologies that transform aquaculture into a modern, efficient and sustainable source of food for our planet. Through research and development of advanced technologies for aquaculture producers, we’re increasing the availability of quality food, reducing the environmental impact of food production, and improving profitability across the aquaculture food chain.
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