Benchmark Genetics strengthens its focus on consultancy services for external breeding programmes. Through the Akvaforsk Genetics brand, Benchmark Genetics has provided technical genetics services to a large number of breeding programmes worldwide spanning close to 20 aquatic species. The company is now strengthening its strategic focus in this area and has appointed Jørn Thodesen as Business Manager – Applied Genetics Consultancy with effect from October 1st, 2020.
Jørn Thodesen comes from the position of Senior Scientific Advisor, where he for many years has been responsible for the advising and follow-up of external breeding programs in both Asia and Europe. His educational background includes a Ph.D. from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NMBU, and a master’s degree in management from the Norwegian Business School BI.
In the new position, Jørn will be responsible for establishing new customer relationships, but also for adapting the company’s consultancy services to better meet the demands of various segments in the global market. This market consists of a broad range of players – from large and fully integrated aquaculture companies to small and specialized breeding programs.