Matas Medina is from the 1st of February 2018 appointed as Director of Science and Technology in AquaGen AS, head quartered in Trondheim, Norway. His main role will be to further strengthen R&Ds contribution to the innovation power, competitiveness and profitability across EW Groups aquaculture genetics companies.
Education in marine- and aquaculture science
Medina holds a doctoral degree in Aquaculture from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland and a Bachelor in Marine Sciences, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile.
Broad experience from research and management
He has a combined experience of 20 years of international scientific research and 11 years as manager of different private entities which aim have been to generate scientific knowledge, innovation and to create businesses from this knowledge.
He has worked as post-doctorate at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Ecology and Biodiversity (CASEB) of Universidad Católica de Chile and a second post-doctorate at Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR) in Porto, Portugal.
Later he became the Executive Director of CIEN Austral, one of the 15 Regional Centres for Scientific and Technological Development created by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) in Chile. His next job was as the Manger of AVS Chile, a joint venture of three Norwegian research centres; NOFIMA, VESO and SINTEF. He continued his career as Managing Director of INTESAL, the salmon research institute of the Chilean salmon grower association, SalmonChile, that holds 80% of the salmon producers in Chile.
Specialization within genetics and genomics
Medinas latest job was as Managing Director of Blue Genomics, a Chilean company created within the framework of a $USD 12 million-technology consortium co-funded by InnovaChile (CORFO) and three companies that belongs to the EW Group; AquaGen AS (Norway), AquaGen Chile and Vaxxinova Norway. In Blue Genomics Matias became responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the company, including planning for the value creation through the performance of research, development and innovation to applied breeding programs in Chile and Norway.
Based on Medinas education and working experience, he will add valuable competence into all collaborative EW Groups aquaculture genetics companies. This includes the companies; AquaGen AS, AquaGen Chile and Blue Genomics in salmonids, AquaSearch ova in trout and Genomar Genetics and Aquabel in Tilapia.