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CAT, NEOGEN partner to develop cost-effective genotyping tools for the aquaculture sector

San Diego, CA (June 24, 2021) — The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), a leader in the field of genetic improvement for aquatic species, and NEOGEN Corporation today announced their formal collaboration to deliver high-quality genotyping services customized to the unique needs of aquaculture producers.

The partnership will apply modern sequencing and genotyping technologies to aquaculture species, leveraging the complementary expertise of CAT and NEOGEN to enable organizations of any size to realize the benefits of increased accuracy of selection and gains in performance by incorporating genetic markers into their selective breeding programs.

“We are very excited to have NEOGEN as a partner — they are world leaders in agricultural genotyping, and it’s a great complement to our expertise in the aquaculture industry,” said John Buchanan, CEO of The Center for Aquaculture Technologies. “They have been great partners, and we are looking forward to working closely with them on projects in the future.”

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Center for Aquaculture Technologies and continue providing innovative genomic solutions that strengthen our global food chain,” says John Adent, NEOGEN’s President and CEO. “Together, we can empower members of the aquaculture sector to make more informed breeding decisions.”

“CAT’s expertise in the aquaculture industry and our global leadership within the world of genomics make us the perfect partners going forward,” says Marylinn Munson, NEOGEN’s Vice President of Genomics. “In partnership with CAT, we will be able to create new products and solutions that enrich the aquaculture sector and ensure sustainable farming at every level.”

The partnership is aligned with CAT’s commitment to maintaining exceptional service while increasing efficiency and ensuring a quick turnaround time for sample processing. Two tools that facilitate genomic selection and marker identification have already emerged from this collaboration: 50K genotyping arrays for North American Atlantic salmon and whiteleg shrimp (L. vannamei) are now commercially available through CAT. CAT welcomes the opportunity to develop custom tools to promote genetic improvement in other aquatic species.


The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) is a global, full-service, contract R&D organization that is focused on the application of technologies to improve productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in the aquaculture industry. CAT is home to a unique combination of world-class scientists bringing together complementary expertise in fish health, nutrition, and genetics working in state-of-the-art facilities to deliver innovative, tailor-made solutions for organizations in the sector.


NEOGEN Corporation develops and markets comprehensive solutions dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases, and sanitation concerns. NEOGEN’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of genomic solutions along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care, and disinfectants.


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