Jørn Thodesen is spearheading Benchmark Genetics' bid to expand its work with external breeding programmes. Photo: Benchmark.

Benchmark Genetics strengthens focus on consultancy work

Benchmark Genetics has appointed experienced scientist Jørn Thodesen to expand and adapt its consultancy services for external breeding programmes, which have been supplied through its Akvaforsk brand.

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Thodesen moved to the new position of business manager – applied genetics consultancy from his previous role as senior scientific advisor on October 1.

In the new position, Thodesen 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.

Thodesen's work covers a variety of species, such as abalone, pictured.

Broad range

This market consists of a broad range of players - from large and fully integrated aquaculture companies to small and specialised breeding programmes, said Benchmark.

“I am very pleased that Jørn has accepted this exciting and ambitious opportunity,” said Morten Rye, director of genetics.

“The timing of this strategic refocus is perfect, and I believe Jørn will succeed in expanding our external client base and secure our leading position as a one-stop technical service provider to aquaculture industries worldwide.”


Thodesen has for many years been responsible for the advising and follow up of external breeding programs in both Asia and Europe, said Benchmark. His educational background includes a PhD from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NMBU and a master’s degree in management from the Norwegian Business School BI.

“Aquaculture is a significant contributor to more sustainable food production, and the new position is intended to assist aquaculture companies in achieving improved production yields and increased animal welfare. I find this very motivating,” said Thodesen.

Benchmark Genetics is part of the UK-headquartered aquaculture health, genetics and advanced nutrition company Benchmark Holdings.