As part of Chile’s investment in biotechnology research and innovation, the Blue Genomics Chile was officially opened by CORFO’s CEO Hernán Cheyres.
Blue Genomics Chile, a new innovation centre
The opening took place in Puerto Varas Tuesday, 19 March 2013 in connection with an opening seminar which brought together scientists from Chile, Canada, England and Norway, as well as representatives from the Chilean government, CORFO, the Norwegian Embassy and a number of leaders from the farming sector.
This marked the start of an 8-year development program with the goal of identifying genetic markers and determine mechanisms that can help to make salmon and trout less susceptible to diseases.
The new biotech innovation centre headed by Aqua Gen AS, has a total budget of NOK 100 million with a significant contribution from CORFO. Blue Genomics Chile has established cooperation with a number of companies and university groups in genetics and genomics research from Chile, Canada and Norway.
Focus on SRS and lice
The development will form the foundation for the commercialization of new products and services that contribute to sustainable and profitable development of the aquaculture industry. Priorities for the new centre is rickettsioses (SRS) and lice, which today represents the largest loss factors in the industry, and requires extensive use of antibiotics and chemicals.
CORFO (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile) is a Chilean governmental organization founded in 1939 to promote economic growth in Chile.
Since inception, CORFO has played a significant role in boosting the country’s economic development by promoting investment, innovation, business and cluster development, coupled with a focus on quality and productivity.