Firma del convenio de colaboración entre BIOGEMAR S.A y la ULPGC

  • by admin - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:51

7/7/2017.- The Rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Rafael Robaina, and the Ecuadorian company Biotecnología y Genetica Marina SA (BIOGEMAR SA) have signed today an Agreement on Technological Development and Knowledge Transfer. The project, carried out by the Aquaculture Research Group (GIA) of the IU-ECOAQUA, is a proposal for the implementation of genetic improvement (GPI) in the production processes of the company.

BIOGEMAR SA devotes its business activity to reproduce and breed shrimp or white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), postlarvae of day 12 (PL12), for the sector of fattening in pools or estuaries until slaughter for export. Likewise, BIOGEMAR S.A is the most important company in the production of PL12 in Ecuador, with an average monthly production of about 300 million Postlarvas of day 12 (PL12) (about 3,600 million annually).

The program has been named as MacMICOd.1 and will be managed by the Canarian Science and Technology Park Foundation of the ULPGC (FCPCT). MacMICOd.1 will have a duration of 6 years, four plus two, in order that the results are clearly demonstrable and transferred to the company BIOGEMAR S.A. for a total amount of 1.01 M € in concept of execution.

This is a transfer program in which the professor D. Juan Manuel Afonso López, belonging to the GIA, and the owner of BIOGEMAR SA, Mr. Walter Intriago Díaz, will develop a genetic selection scheme that it will respect the business model of BIOGEMAR SA, without putting at risk the obtaining of genetic information of the animals under industrial exploitation and that allows the company to improve the quality of its product (seed). In addition, MacMICOd.1 enables this product to be projected on the market in a shorter time. All this minimizes costs and improves the profitability of the company.

Walter Intriago Díaz arrived several days ago in Gran Canaria to learn first-hand about the facilities available to the Aquaculture Research Group (GIA) of the IU-ECOAQUA to develop the MacMICOd.1 program. During his stay on the island, the owner of BIOGEMAR S.A. will hold meetings with different personalities.