AquaBounty Technologies announces appointment of David F. Melbourne, Jr


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AquaBounty Technologies Inc, a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market, is pleased to announce the appointment of David F. Melbourne, Jr as Chief Commercial Officer effective on June 17, 2019, and the commencement of the commercial production of AquAdvantage Salmon at the Company’s Indiana farm.

Mr. Melbourne joins AquaBounty from Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, the largest branded seafood company in North America, where he served as Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Government & Industry Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.  He previously held senior positions at Castleberry/Snow’s Brands, Inc., primarily in operations and marketing.  As the Company begins its commercialisation of AquAdvantage Salmon, Mr. Melbourne’s 25 years of marketing and strategic planning experience will be a strong asset to AquaBounty in developing its customer business model.

Sylvia Wulf, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty, stated: “With the first shipment of AquAdvantage Salmon eggs received at our Indiana facility last week, we have begun commercial production in the United States, a world’s first. Having David join the Company now is perfect timing, as we anticipate the first harvest from the Albany farm in the autumn of 2020.  We are focused on successfully commercialising AquAdvantage Salmon and bringing its many benefits to consumers.”

Mr. Melbourne added, “I am thrilled to join AquaBounty now as it begins the next stage of its development and I look forward to introducing the climate-smart and environmentally sustainable AquAdvantage Salmon to consumers.”

About AquAdvantage Salmon – AquAdvantage Salmon is an Atlantic salmon that has been bioengineered to grow to market size in about half the time of a traditional farmed Atlantic salmon.  It significantly improves the economics of producing salmon in land-based contained facilities.  AquAdvantage Salmon is a healthy, environmentally sustainable alternative to imported farmed Atlantic salmon.