RAS expert Andrew Cree Preston joins Benchmark Genetics

Benchmark Genetics, the leading aquaculture genetics company, announces the appointment of Andrew Cree Preston in the role of Global RAS Technical Manager. Preston, former Head of Aquaculture production and Operations at Aquamoaf Aquaculture Business, is one of the world’s most prominent experts within RAS-production of Atlantic salmon. In his new position, he will dedicate his time to customer service and sharing his operational, academic and technical skills and experiences to help the customers succeed and reach their production targets.

Andrew Cree Preston has considerable experience in aquaculture from a commercial farming perspective and in academic research. His expertise comprises numerous aquatic species, including Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Atlantic cod, and Ballan wrasse. During his academic career, he was involved in research projects with leading global aquaculture, nutrition, and pharmaceutical companies. He has accumulated extensive experience in R&D within aquaculture, functioning as Study Director and Principal Investigator for regulatory studies (GLP, GCP).

Preston holds a Ph.D. in Aquaculture from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He has had several researcher positions, including a Postdoctoral at the University of Stirling following his Ph.D.

Before joining Benchmark, Andrew has been employed by Aquamoaf Aquaculture Technologies from 2017 until the present. His role in the company has been multifaceted but not limited to leading research and development, heading the development of aquaculture production and operations, leading knowledge transfer, managing lean and process refinement, and more.

“We are honoured to have Andrew Preston on board in our commercial team. He has an impressive biography and a strong reputation within the aquaculture industry.”

Geir Olav Melingen, Commercial Director of Benchmark Genetics

Melingen is confident that Preston’s contributions to the extensive land-based customer portfolio will strengthen the company’s position as a leading supplier of genetics to this segment of the industry.

Newly appointed at Benchmark Genetics Andrew Cree Preston during inspection of RAS-grown salmon.

“I am excited to join Benchmark Genetics and very keen to get started in the new position. I enjoy working in close contact with clients on a global basis, and I believe I can make valuable contributions that will help our customers maximise the potential of our genetics to meet their production objectives.”

Andrew Cree Preston, Global Technical Manager for RAS at Benchmark Genetics

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