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Larry Feinberg is CEO and founder of aquaculture summit finalist KnipBio.
Larry Feinberg is CEO and founder of aquaculture summit finalist KnipBio.

The Aquaculture Innovation Summit 2018 has revealed its dozen showcase finalists.

A committee has been deliberating over the past fortnight to assess the best start-up companies in the aquaculture health, nutrition and farm management markets, each competing to present at the Aquaculture Investment Summit in London from 11-12 September.

The 12 are:

Arbiom, which seeks to address two issues facing animal agriculture: protein sourcing and gastrointestinal health, by integrating a historically non-food material (wood) into the food supply chain;

Entocycle, which has developed patented technology to industrially farm insects;

JALA, which is empowering shrimp farming to increase their yields through data-driven farming;

KnipBio, which is creating a range of premium aquaculture ingredients from low-cost feedstocks that contain high concentration of protein and immuno-nutrients;

Manolin, which is creating a digital health analytics platform to accelerate the resource sharing between aquaculture farms to better monitor, treat and prevent health outbreaks;

Mithal, which uses a robot to clean fish pens automatically and prevent growth from forming on the net;

Planktonic, which has developed a revolutionary way of cryopreserving a crustacean nauplii and deliver easy to use live feed to marine hatcheries in industrial volumes;

Proteon Pharmaceuticals, which develops bacteriophage-based solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate the need to use antibiotics in food animal production in aquaculture, poultry and dairy cows;

Quantidoc, whose decision-making tool, VeribarrTM, documents the fish’s slime cells responsive capability, enabling forecasts about the fish’s robustness and immunity;

VakSea, which enable farmers to protect their fish from viral diseases by feeding them its vaccines;

Verifik8, which is a sustainability analytics platform, where social and environmental practices of farms are monitored and verified;

WSENSE, which specialises in underwater monitoring and communication systems.