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CAT invests in the future of genetics and genome editing

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies expanded its facilities with a research space to deliver advances in genome editing technologies for commercial aquaculture applications.

CAT Finfish Genetics Innovation Center
May 9, 2023

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) expanded its San Diego facility by opening the Finfish Genetics Innovation Center. 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 its 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,” said John Buchanan, president and CEO. “The Finfish Genetics Innovation Center 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 help streamline maintenance and husbandry activities. Bringing these three workspaces together under one roof will enhance efficiency in conducting research and delivering breakthroughs.

“Our Aquatic Facilities team is looking forward to utilizing the new Finfish Genetics Innovation Center and is excited to participate in the groundbreaking research in aquaculture genetics and genomics,” said Matt Stone, facility manager.

This modern facility will be dedicated to Michael Horne for his contributions as an advisor to CAT and 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.