Lunch & Learn with GenetiRate: Commercializing a UArizona-Invented Aquatic Animal Growth Assay

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 12:00

Lunch & Learn with College of Agriculture and LIfe Sciences Associate Professor Benjamin Renquist

Benjamin Renguist, PhD, inventor of the animal growth assay, in his lab at the UA Agricultural Center. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch ArizonaThe aquaculture industry has long searched for ways to identify the fastest-growing specimens in a population; the industry is highly dependent on animal growth rate and the efficiency with which stocks convert feed into protein. 

Through his research, CALS Associate Professor Benjamin Renquist invented an assay (pictured above) that measures the metabolic rate of aquatic animals, from fish to mollusks to crustaceans, and identifies those individuals that will grow more quickly.

Working with Tech Launch Arizona, the University patented the technologies and licensed them to Renquists’ startup, GenetiRate. Since that time, the company has experienced growth and success, including designation as one of only two companies worldwide honored with the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) Seafood Innovation Award in 2019.  

Join us for lunch and a discussion with Dr. Renquist, hear his story, and learn what it takes to cultivate impactful ideas born in the lab and bring them to the world through commercial pathways. 

Tod McCauleyTod McCauley, TLA Sr. Licensing Manager for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will moderate our discussion.


Who should attend?

While this talk will be geared toward faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff, all are welcome.  

Lunch will be provided for advance registrants, sign up using the form on this page. Thank you! 

Event Contacts: 
Ellen Ogley
Adminsitrative Associate

Register: Lunch & Learn, 12/11/19

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