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JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

massively improve the sustainability of fish feeds

THROUGH VENTURE.

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

massively improve the sustainability of fish feeds

THROUGH VENTURE.

The combination of a limited global supply of marine ingredients and the increasing demand from the aquafeed industry is creating a major bottleneck for the sustainable development of aquaculture. Fishmeal production has plateaued 50 years ago at about 5 million tons per year, with no room for increase without impacting ocean’s sustainability. The massive increase in aquafeed production to support aquaculture had for consequence the decrease of marine origin ingredients in aquafeed from over 70% in the 1970s to less than 10% nowadays. With production increase projections, a 2 millions tons gap will appear in the coming decade, that needs to be filled by a fishmeal alternative source of protein.

Several segments of the fishmeal alternative sector are starting to produce novel high protein products, such as plant, seaweed, insect and single cell protein (SCP) meals but their nutritional characteristics are constraining their use as a replacement ingredient.

What if we are asking the wrong question and we don’t need to develop marine ingredient alternatives. What if what we really need is a scalable, sustainable marine ingredient.

You can read a lot more about how we see this Opportunity Area as part of our larger Agriculture thesis on Restorative Cultivation.

OUR APPROACH

Zooplankton are one level down the trophic chain from anchovies and other forage fish that are used to produce fishmeal, for example krill is a zooplankton. These marine origin organisms are the natural feedsource of forage fish and some zooplankton species are already used extensively as live prey in fish and shrimp hatcheries since their nutritional profiles (and size) are perfect for larvae.

Our thesis is: We believe marine fish and shrimp need to eat marine origin ingredients and to achieve this sustainably, we need to domesticate zooplankton, controlling genetics, farming systems and nutrition. This will decouple the nutritional value of marine origin ingredients with wild harvest (fisheries), climate change, seasonality, limited resources, marine policies and price volatility.

We need your help to shape this new segment of the aquafeed industry and to produce the first sustainable and scalable marine origin ingredients.

As the co-founder of the zooplankton project, you will be involved in shaping the company from its inception stage all the way to scaling and eventually exiting. You will be responsible for developing the project into a venture backable company by de-risking all aspects of the concept and subsequently form the core leadership team of the company. Specifically, we want you to push the technical/scientific nutrition and engineering aspects of the new zooplankton as feedstock concept and explore the dimensional space that can be addressed with it.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

We are looking for expertise in fish and/or shrimp nutrition, alternative proteins, insect proteins, macro/microalgae, micronutrients and nutraceuticals as well as Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, hatchery systems and single cell production systems. Experience in project management, product development, feed trials and zooplankton rearing is desirable.

 

Apply if you have expertise in:

•  Animal nutrition / aqua nutrition, particularly fish nutrition or shrimp nutrition e.g. fish nutritionist (protein and lipid);

•  Alternative protein for aquafeed (insect/seaweed/SCP)

•  Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (hatchery/grow out)

 

ideally, combined with knowledge in any of the following:

•  Genetics (selection)

•  Zooplankton farming

•  Bioinformatics

OUR OFFER

Taking a Co-founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking. We’ll provide you with a salary whilst you start your own company, and moreover, will support you build a founding team, find early data to land your first customers and to secure investors.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, science and venture creation at DSV before incorporating your own start-up within 6 months with pre-seed investment from DSV and access to labs through our partnership with the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Compared to other “Entrepreneur in Residence”- type programmes, DSV is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and joining DSV comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Venture’s and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.

SOUNDS EXCITING?

The combination of a limited global supply of marine ingredients and the increasing demand from the aquafeed industry is creating a major bottleneck for the sustainable development of aquaculture. Fishmeal production has plateaued 50 years ago at about 5 million tons per year, with no room for increase without impacting ocean’s sustainability. The massive increase in aquafeed production to support aquaculture had for consequence the decrease of marine origin ingredients in aquafeed from over 70% in the 1970s to less than 10% nowadays. With production increase projections, a 2 millions tons gap will appear in the coming decade, that needs to be filled by a fishmeal alternative source of protein.

Several segments of the fishmeal alternative sector are starting to produce novel high protein products, such as plant, seaweed, insect and single cell protein (SCP) meals but their nutritional characteristics are constraining their use as a replacement ingredient.

What if we are asking the wrong question and we don’t need to develop marine ingredient alternatives. What if what we really need is a scalable, sustainable marine ingredient.

You can read a lot more about how we see this Opportunity Area as part of our larger Agriculture thesis on Restorative Cultivation.

our approach

Zooplankton are one level down the trophic chain from anchovies and other forage fish that are used to produce fishmeal, for example krill is a zooplankton. These marine origin organisms are the natural feedsource of forage fish and some zooplankton species are already used extensively as live prey in fish and shrimp hatcheries since their nutritional profiles (and size) are perfect for larvae.

Our thesis is: We believe marine fish and shrimp need to eat marine origin ingredients and to achieve this sustainably, we need to domesticate zooplankton, controlling genetics, farming systems and nutrition. This will decouple the nutritional value of marine origin ingredients with wild harvest (fisheries), climate change, seasonality, limited resources, marine policies and price volatility.

We need your help to shape this new segment of the aquafeed industry and to produce the first sustainable and scalable marine origin ingredients.

As the co-founder of the zooplankton project, you will be involved in shaping the company from its inception stage all the way to scaling and eventually exiting. You will be responsible for developing the project into a venture backable company by de-risking all aspects of the concept and subsequently form the core leadership team of the company. Specifically, we want you to push the technical/scientific nutrition and engineering aspects of the new zooplankton as feedstock concept and explore the dimensional space that can be addressed with it.

who should apply

We are looking for expertise in fish and/or shrimp nutrition, alternative proteins, insect proteins, macro/microalgae, micronutrients and nutraceuticals as well as Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, hatchery systems and single cell production systems. Experience in project management, product development, feed trials and zooplankton rearing is desirable.

 

Apply if you have expertise in:

•  Animal nutrition / aqua nutrition, particularly fish nutrition or shrimp nutrition e.g. fish nutritionist (protein and lipid);

•  Alternative protein for aquafeed (insect/seaweed/SCP)

•  Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (hatchery/grow out)

 

ideally, combined with knowledge in any of the following:

•  Genetics (selection)

•  Zooplankton farming

•  Bioinformatics

our offer

Taking a Co-founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking. We’ll provide you with a salary whilst you start your own company, and moreover, will support you build a founding team, find early data to land your first customers and to secure investors.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, science and venture creation at DSV before incorporating your own start-up within 6 months with pre-seed investment from DSV and access to labs through our partnership with the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Compared to other “Entrepreneur in Residence”- type programmes, DSV is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and joining DSV comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Venture’s and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.

SOUNDS EXCITING?

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

current founders

Remi:Genome engineering is rapidly transforming sustainable aquaculture development. The possibilities to precisely modifying the genome of an elite breed will accelerate traditional selective breeding and offers potential transformative opportunities for disease resistance, nutrient utilisation or adaptation to changing environments. Precedent exists in the commercialisation of farmed fish, both Atlantic salmon and Nile tilapia, with edited genomes for faster growth. However, the landscape of possibilities and opportunities for rapidly improving aquaculture production using genome engineering is vastly unexplored“.

Remi:Genome engineering is rapidly transforming sustainable aquaculture development. The possibilities to precisely modifying the genome of an elite breed will accelerate traditional selective breeding and offers potential transformative opportunities for disease resistance, nutrient utilisation or adaptation to changing environments. Precedent exists in the commercialisation of farmed fish, both Atlantic salmon and Nile tilapia, with edited genomes for faster growth. However, the landscape of possibilities and opportunities for rapidly improving aquaculture production using genome engineering is vastly unexplored“.