ORIVO, PatoGen collaborate on DNA tool for aquafeeds

Published on
October 28, 2019

Norwegian aquaculture feed ingredients laboratory ORIVO has entered into a strategic collaboration with marine genetic technology company PatoGen AS to develop new analytical tools for the animal feed and pet food sectors, starting with a DNA-based species detection tool.

In a statement, ORIVO and PatoGen explained the reason for the collaboration is to meet the increasing demand for a reliable quantitative DNA-analysis tool for feed ingredients and products, stating that to measure the content or absence of certain target ingredients is becoming increasingly more critical with today's growing demand for transparency.

“We see that this increasing demand is especially present within the aquaculture and pet food segment,” ORIVO CEO Svein Erik Haugmo said. “PatoGen is a global leader within marine biotechnology and DNA testing for the fish farming industry. With PatoGen´s competence on board, ORIVO aims to deliver the best and most precise DNA-based testing and certification to the global feed and pet food industry."

PatoGen Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Ove Gjelstenli said that he is looking forward to the collaboration.

“PatoGen is very familiar with both DNA analysis and offering DNA analysis services to the aquaculture industry. However, being part of a certification service such as the one ORIVO is offering is a new and exciting experience for us," Gjelstenli said. "ORIVO is known for always including revolutionary laboratory testing in their product certifications. It is therefore very satisfying for PatoGen to be ORIVO's preferred DNA analysis partner.”

ORIVO is currently pilot testing the first analysis products with a handful of feed and pet food customers and will soon release the first commercial services for the testing service.

Photo courtesy of ORIVO

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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