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SalmoBreed AS and Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS becomes Benchmark Genetics Norway AS

To create an even stronger organization, we are merging Benchmark's two genetics companies in Norway

Benchmark owned Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS, and SalmoBreed AS have merged to establish Benchmark Genetics Norway AS. The combined organisation will further strengthen the Benchmark’s offering to deliver sustained genetic improvements and support aquaculture producers to increase quality, yield, health and welfare.

The CEO of Benchmark Genetics, Jan-Emil Johannessen says: “To create an even stronger organization, we have merged the group’s two Norwegian genetics companies. This strategic move also strengthens our position in the Norwegian and international markets.”

The merged company has 36 employees, of which more than 20 hold a PhD or Masters degree. All the employees concerned will remain in their positions in the merged entity. “Our objective is to be at the forefront of R&D in genetics for the aquaculture industry. That is why it is important to create a cross-functional and international knowledge centre to support our strategy of delivering sustained genetic improvement to the aquaculture sector”, says Johannessen.

The headquarters of Benchmark Genetics Norway AS is in Bergen, and the enterprise number of SalmoBreed AS (983 506 925) is retained for the new entity. Going forward, the company will continue to provide Atlantic salmon ova and advanced genetic improvement services and build upon the combined knowledge of the teams of experts in internal and external R&D projects. Benchmark Genetics Norway AS will maintain the brand names SalmoBreed and Akvaforsk Genetics.

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Jan-Emil Johannessen, Head of Benchmark Genetics and CEO of Benchmark Genetics Norway AS

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