Skretting adds cutting edge technologies to its R&D facilities

The new facility, called The Bubble, will enable Skretting ARC scientists to not only observe biological changes in aquaculture species but also understand the mechanisms behind.

Skretting adds cutting edge technologies to its R&D facilities
Skretting ARC The Bubble. From left to right: Tommy Berger Eriksen, Øyvind Røn, Delphine Crappe, Piotr Lisik and Mojdeh Nasrollahzadeh Khakiani.
November 11, 2020

Advances in biological sciences combined with the development of computing, data processing and artificial intelligence are fueling a new wave of technological innovation that will influence many sectors, including aquaculture. To accelerate this development, Skretting launched The Bubble, a new research facility forming an integral part of Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC).

As part of the expansion, the new facility will enable the team of scientists at Skretting ARC to better understand the complexity of physiological interactions of aquaculture species using many technologies mirrored in the human health sector, including the same techniques that are used to detect breast cancer and pathogens like COVID-19.

Microarray, qPCR, OMICs, cell culture, rapid analytics and quantitative histology are just some of the methods which will allow researchers to dig much deeper into the fundamental causes of challenges and risks for aquatic animals. Some of those techniques, such as cell culture, will enable the team to work in an even more sustainable manner. Indeed, this method will give us the opportunity to pre-screen ingredients with interesting properties and therefore help reduce the number of trials.

“This facility will help us understand mechanisms behind effects, essentially finding out the “why”,” said Alex Obach, Skretting R&D director. “We are not just observing changes, but we are understanding them to a greater extent than ever before. Why do some fish grow better? Why are some more resistant to challenges? When we understand the “why”, we can go further in our innovation. We are extremely excited about the opportunities these technologies offer Skretting and the aquaculture industry.”

Delphine Crappe, an expert in transcriptomics, biochemistry and cell culture leads the specialized team of scientists. “We have such a unique knowledge pool here in The Bubble, combined with the huge advantage that we can share knowledge and compare interactions daily,” said Crappe. “The intention is to keep growing and continuously evolve to adapt to the new challenges and techniques available in the market.”

Marking the milestone, Therese Log Bergjord, Skretting CEO said that “having our own radical innovation center will extend the scope of techniques used in-house and accelerate the development of our products and support our customers to better understand the biological challenges they face. It reinforces Skretting’s commitment to be at the front line of the rapidly developing aquaculture industry.”