Dr. Alan Tinch joins CAT as a VP of Genetics

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By Milthon Lujan

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) is delighted to welcome Dr. Alan Tinch as Vice President of Genetics where he will lead a world-class team of research scientists and breeding experts in the development and commercialization of genome editing and other next-generation breeding technologies for use in aquaculture.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and Roslin Institute, Dr. Tinch brings more than three decades of experience in advanced animal genetics. He is an expert in developing and managing commercial breeding programs and research across both aquatic and terrestrial species with a focus on innovation and sustainability. During his career, Dr. Tinch has held senior positions in Genetics and Technical Services in leading breeding companies including Benchmark Genetics Ltd and Hendrix Genetics.

“Genetics can deliver sustainable improvement in productivity and welfare of farmed fish, and aquaculture is growing to provide increasing amounts of protein to a hungry world with low environmental impact,” says Alan Tinch. “New techniques in genomics and gene editing show exciting potential for integration into commercial aquaculture breeding programs. CAT has the vision and expertise to deliver the next generation of genetic technology to the expanding aquaculture industry, and I am excited to be part of the team.”

“We are thrilled to have a person of Alan’s leadership capabilities join our team, and the skill that he brings in driving innovation in aquaculture genetics is a perfect fit at CAT,” – says John Buchanan, President and CEO.

The recruitment of a world-class professional such as Dr. Tinch demonstrates CAT’s intention to strengthen its position as a leader in aquatic animal genetics through the delivery of cutting-edge but practical solutions to organizations in the industry.

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The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) is a global, full-service, contract and internal R&D organization that is focused on the application of technologies to improve productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in the aquaculture industry. CAT is home to a unique combination of world-class scientists bringing together complementary expertise in fish health, nutrition, and genetics working in state-of-the-art facilities to deliver innovative, tailor-made solutions for organizations in the sector. For more information, visit

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