Vietnamese shrimp producers can ignite exports using Genics technology – VietShrimp 2024

By Dirk Kruger 

After a disappointing 2023 season, Vietnamese shrimp producers are planning for a year of growth in 2024, and Genics is committed to being part of the industry’s recovery & expansion. 

Last week, I visited the 2024 VietShrimp Aquaculture conference in Ca Mau as part of the Australia–Vietnam partnership for Climate-Smart Agriculture delegation to find out what’s on Vietnamese shrimp producers’ minds and how Genics can help them achieve their goals. 

Photos below and at top: while I was in Vietnam, I took the opportunity to visit Truc Anh BioTech and meet the CEO & Chairman Xuan Anh Le.

Vietnam’s new initiatives in shrimp export markets 

VietShrimp is co-hosted by the Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS). Talking about the importance of Vietnam’s shrimp industry, VINAFIS Chairman Nguyen Viet Thang said that shrimp is a vital export for his country, delivering nearly US$4 billion to the economy each year. But in 2023, the sector saw an export slump of nearly 20%, caused by rapid modernization by South American and Indian producers. This hardship has prompted Vietnamese industry thought leaders to refocus on their own pathways to expansion through quality assurance and biosecurity credibility. 

In line with their export resurgence goals, the VietShrimp organizers designated the key themes of this year’s conference as technological development, sustainable production, quality assurance, and farming efficiency.   

Vietnam’s shrimp farmers are targeting US$4.3 billion in exports for 2024, a goal dependent on recapturing US and Chinese customers who make up 45% of export value. Return to form in these export markets hinges on taking a competitive stance on biosecurity and quality control, which are high priorities for foreign buyers.  

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phùng Đức Tiến emphasized that Vietnam’s shrimp industry must integrate smoothly with the world economy in coming years. 

“We believe that VietShrimp 2024 will be a bridge between the business community, partners, and customers,” the Deputy Minister said. “It’s a forum for the shrimp industry to connect with the world, with learning experiences and techniques of advanced countries to upgrade the Vietnamese shrimp industry in the future.”  

Photo above: meeting local government officials in Soc Trang Province. 

As I talked to farmers and industry leaders at VietShrimp, it confirmed that the pain points for Vietnamese shrimp producers are closely tied to technology adoption.  

The farmers I talked to are looking for ways to enhance efficiency by optimizing breeding programs for better yield. They also need reliable disease testing technology for very early pathogen detection to prevent catastrophic stock losses from pathogens.  

I had a lot of positive interactions with shrimp producers who could see the connection between Genics technology and the need to implement reliable strategies for product improvement. Genics Comprehensive Shrimp Solutions Suite can support sustainable growth for Vietnam’s farmers, as it has in other parts of Asia and Latin America. 

Genics has export growth solutions for Vietnamese shrimp producers  

Genics has already demonstrated its value as a breeding and biosecurity partner for shrimp producers in Australia, South America, and Indonesia.  

Indonesia’s shrimp industry has many legitimate points of comparison with its Vietnamese counterpart. Both industries are in steep technology adoption phases, and both countries’ producers want to expand their domestic potential onto the world stage. 

Talking with us this year, Henry Wijaya, the chairman of Indonesian shrimp producer Prima Larvae Bali, said that Genics services have proven to be a valuable investment for his company.  

“We have peace of mind, knowing that Genics is an accredited pathogen detection lab. We can also say to our customers that we have external pathogen verification by an internationally recognized provider with a great reputation,” Henry said in a recent case study interview. 

That sentiment aligns with the aspirations of Vietnamese producers right now. In an increasingly competitive export market, Vietnam’s farmers need to deliver shrimp that meet the highest quality standards and are certified disease-free by reliable testing methodologies

Genics industry-leading genetic profiling, digital phenotyping, and pathogen detection technology can give Vietnamese farmers the competitive edge they need. US and Chinese importers are looking for quality assurance standards linked to reliable, state-of-the-art technology, and Genics shrimp services meet that expectation. 

I made many new connections with local producers at VietShrimp and I’m looking forward to helping them get the full export advantages of Genics partnership.  

What can Genics do to help grow your farming business?

About the author: 

Dirk Krueger is a business development & commercial executive with more than twenty-five years of experience in senior strategic leadership roles with global companies. As Chief Commercial Officer at Genics, Dirk works closely with agricultural producers throughout the world to help them realize their productivity goals and grow their businesses. 

Sending shrimp samples to Genics in Australia is fast & easy 

By Reiny Tumbol, Client Success Manager, Genics Indonesia 

Sending test samples to Genics is easy and fast, but some of our customers are initially concerned about the process of sending shrimp samples to our laboratory in Australia. Don’t worry. Our sample shipping process is fast, easy, and secure, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. 

Genics is your most valuable partner in breeding and growing outstanding shrimp and keeping them healthy. We solve the problem of early pathogen detection with our Shrimp MultiPath2.0 testing and enable genetically powered breeding programs with ShrimpID. Our Biosecurity services also help farmers understand where pathogens come from in the first place and allow them to better understand how to prevent them from entering the farming system.

Keep reading for the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sample shipping. 

How long does it take to send samples from my farm in Indonesia to the Genics laboratory in Australia? 

Shipping samples from Indonesia to the Genics laboratory in Australia only takes 2-3 days, depending on your exact location in Indonesia. So, if you follow our simple submission process, we’ll get results back to you very quickly. 

Sending samples to Genics is easy. 

1. Pack your samples 
Genics can provide barcoded tubes to put your samples in – just add 70% laboratory-grade ethanol. 

Sampling guides and videos are on our website, and our consultants are always available to help you with sample programs and sampling techniques. 

2. Submit & send 
Log your samples on the myGenics web portal, and we will organize the pick-up from your farm. 

3. Get quick results 
Samples ship from Indonesia to Australia with DHL in 2-3 days, so you’ll get fast results.

Learn more about submitting your samples to Genics here

Will my samples stay fresh during shipping? Is sample degradation a problem?

Genics can provide 1 and 2 mL barcoded tubes to put your samples in – just add 70% laboratory-grade ethanol.

Once your sample is preserved in 70% laboratory-grade ethanol, your DNA and RNA are safe. They can be stored at ambient or room temperature for many weeks, and the Shrimp MultiPath assay will maintain its sensitivity and accuracy for your samples.

When preparing your samples for shipping, ensure your sample tubes have less than 30 mL of liquid, are closed (first seal), and are placed in a ziplock plastic bag (second seal), removing all excess air. In a small cardboard box, put your double-sealed samples with enough paper towels to absorb all the liquid if it does leak. Ensure the total volume in your cardboard box is less than 1 liter or 1000 mL.

You’ll register all your shipping parcels on the myGenics customer portal, and they’ll be tracked throughout their journey, every step of the way, to our Accredited Laboratories.

Watch the video below for more information about sample packing:

How do I dissect shrimp to get samples for Genics testing? 

Dissecting shrimp to obtain testing samples is a straightforward process. You only need very simple tools, like scissors and sterile disposable gloves. 

You can watch the short videos below on shrimp dissection to get all the information you need.  

This video explains shrimp lymphoid organ dissection:

Non-destructive pleopod sampling is an easy 3-step process – watch this video to learn how to do it:

This video explains Shrimp MultiPath2.0 target organ dissection:

How can I quickly sterilize my tools when preparing samples? 

All you need to sterilize your sampling tools is a small amount of ethanol, a scouring sponge, a propane gas burner or other hot flame.  

Dipping your tools in ethanol and placing them briefly on an open flame will effectively remove contaminants and pathogens. 

Watch this short video to quickly learn this easy and effective sterilization technique:

How do I tag my shrimp for individual identification? 

When collecting samples for Genics, there are times when you want your pathogen or genotyping data to be linked to specific animals. In this case, it’s important to use a tracking system such as individually numbered eye tags to link your live animal to your digital data. 

This video shows you the easy procedure for applying eye tags to your live shrimp:

How do I register to use myGenics services? 

Registering for the myGenics customer portal is a simple three-step process. Once your organization is registered, we’ll send you the barcoded tubes you need to collect samples. Then, you can log in and track your samples as they’re delivered to us.  

Get started by completing the easy myGenics online registration form here.    

Who can help me get started using Genics services?   

My name is Dr. Reiny Tumbol. I’m the local Genics expert consultant in Indonesia, and I’m available to answer all your questions about shrimp health, pathogen testing, breeding programs, and sample shipping. 

Please get in touch with me, and I’ll be delighted to help:

About the Author 

Dr. Reiny Tumbol is Genics Client Success Manager in Indonesia. An Indonesian local now living in North Sulawesi, she has more than 30 years of experience in Aquaculture. Reiny studied at top-tier Australian Universities, gaining extensive knowledge and experience in aquaculture and fisheries. She is passionate about helping Indonesia’s Shrimp farmers optimize their animal health and breeding program outcomes. 

Visit the Genics shrimp solutions page to discover all our health, biosecurity, and breeding optimization services:

ACUACAM 2024: Genics presents cutting-edge shrimp production technology in Mexico 

By Michelle Vintimilla 

Last week, the aquaculture industry gathered at Mexico’s ACUACAM 2024.  

Representing Genics at ACUACAM were myself, Dr. Jeremy Brawner, Genics Head of Genetic Solutions, who traveled from Florida for the event, and our local Genics representative in Mexico, Luis Raymundo. 

While we were at the conference, we delivered an informative presentation and had the opportunity to meet with many interesting people, all passionate about the future of shrimp farming in the Americas. 

(Photo above, left to right: me – Michelle Vintimilla, Genics Client Success Manager, Latin America – Dr. Jeremy Brawner, Genics Head of Genetic Solutions, and Luis Raymundo, Genics México) 

Sharing new ideas and practical skills 

Jeremy and I gave a keynote talk at ACUACAM, emphasizing the importance of early pathogen detection and genomic breeding management in uplifting shrimp farming productivity.  

We also hosted a hands-on workshop on shrimp dissection for PCR pathogen analysis. This skill is vital for farmers, shrimp farm staff, and aquaculture health technicians who want to get the most out of testing and laboratory services. It was a great experience sharing knowledge and practical skills that can make such a big difference in shrimp producer’s productivity. If you missed our presentation, you can find educational videos about sample dissection on the Genics website. 

(Photo above: me hosting sample dissection workshop for ACUACAM attendees.) 

Throughout ACUACAM, people were especially interested in hearing about Genics’ latest technological innovations, like Shrimp MultiPath2.0, our new digital phenotyping system, genotyping services, and breeding programs. 

Shrimp MultiPath2.0 is now available for customers in the Americas 

Genics R&D department has introduced services in 2024 that dramatically raise the bar on testing speed, accuracy, and commercial accessibility.   

The introduction of Genics Shrimp MultiPath2.0 is a significant leap forward in early warning pathogen detection. Releasing this latest iteration of our groundbreaking testing service enables the simultaneous detection of 18 shrimp pathogens by a single test, the new industry benchmark.  

Shrimp MultiPath2.0 offers unrivaled sensitivity and accuracy, and with laboratory data turnaround times of five days or less, it offers shrimp farmers in Latin America an unprecedented ability to prevent disease outbreaks. 

You can find out more about Shrimp MultiPath2.0 here. 

Advanced Digital Phenotyping 

Jeremy and I gave the ACUACAM crowd a sneak preview of Genics’ latest tech R&D: an innovative system for digital shrimp phenotyping, leveraging AI to produce sophisticated, rich data outputs. Coupled with Genics ShrimpID genotyping services, this new technology will give our customers the most detailed shrimp pedigree information currently available. As well as facilitating advanced breeding program management, this groundbreaking system will enable genetically-based disease resistance. Genics will be launching this new service shortly, so be sure to sign up for updates

Genics is all about helping shrimp farmers grow their business 

Reflecting on our recent experience at ACUACAM, Jeremy and I were both so happy to be able to interact directly with this energetic and forward-looking community. There’s so much enthusiasm to propel the shrimp industry to new technological heights, and Genics is proud to be at the forefront of that growth.  

Farmers partner with Genics because we’re committed to being the most accurate, fastest, and most innovative aquaculture service provider. We’re also fully aware that every farm has its own unique goals and challenges, so we tailor our services to the needs of each individual customer.  

Hi, I’m Michelle Vintimilla

I’m Genics Client Success Manager in Latin America. I’m based in Ecuador, and I look after Genics’ customers throughout the Americas, North to South. I earned my Master’s Degree in Aquaculture from Ghent University, Belgium, and I have many years of industry experience in shrimp grow-out production, health management, and breeding programs.   

Let’s talk about how Genics can increase your farm’s productivity. Please book a free consultation. 

Apply now for Genics Shrimp Health Masterclass, Indonesia 

By Reiny Tumbol. 

I’m very proud to announce that Genics and Sam Ratulangi University are collaborating to present the Genics Shrimp Health Masterclass Course 2024. This is a unique opportunity for professionals in the Indonesian shrimp industry to learn new advanced skills with expert instructors. 

The Genics Shrimp Health Masterclass Course 2024 follows the tremendous success of our prior 2023 Sustainable Shrimp Aquaculture Course, which we co-hosted with the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  

Course highlights 

Participants in this masterclass course will delve into advanced techniques in: 

  • Shrimp pathogen detection technology 
  • Shrimp genomic analysis 
  • Breeding program strategy 
  • Advanced shrimp health management 
  • Scientific breeding optimization 
  • Latest techniques in farm biosecurity  
  • Professional laboratory techniques 
  • Aquaculture management 

The course also includes an onsite grow-out farm visit for all participants to observe operations in a real-world setting. 

Tailored for individuals working in the shrimp industry, this comprehensive course aims to empower participants with cutting-edge knowledge and strategies to propel their careers forward. 

A Certificate of Achievement will be presented to all Students who complete the Genics Shrimp Health Masterclass Course 2024. 

Course details: 

  • Dates: 4 – 9 March 2024  
  • Location: Sam Ratulangi University, Unsrat Campus, Manado, IDN

Application and further information 

Don’t miss out on this chance to advance your career in the ever-evolving landscape of shrimp health. Join us at the Genics Shrimp Health Masterclass Course 2024 for an immersive learning experience at the intersection of career and innovation.  

To apply for this exclusive masterclass course, please click here.

About the Author 

Dr. Reiny Tumbol is Genics Client Success Manager in Indonesia. An Indonesian local now living in North Sulawesi, she has more than 30 years of experience in Aquaculture. Reiny studied at top-tier Australian Universities, gaining extensive knowledge and experience in aquaculture and fisheries. She is passionate about helping Indonesia’s Shrimp farmers optimize their animal health and breeding program outcomes. 

(Image at top: 2023 Shrimp Health Course in Australia – Photos Copyright the University of Queensland & Genics, taken at the joint UQ & Genics program on Sustainable Shrimp Aquaculture at the University of Queensland.)


Research shows POC tests only detect high-level infection of WSSV – but there’s a better solution for shrimp farmers   

In 2019, Australia’s CSIRO undertook a scientific investigation into the effectiveness of shrimp point of care test kits in detecting white spot syndrome virus (WSSV). At the time of the study, point of care tests had become a go-to method of disease detection for farmers, a situation that persists to this day. But, with the CSIRO’s recent presentation of their findings at ProAqua Symposium, it’s time for an urgent reassessment of testing practices.   

(Image above: the author, Dr. Melony Sellars, working in the laboratory.) 

White spot virus demands best practice controls   

WSSV continues to persist as one of the global shrimp industry’s most economically impactful pathogens. In 2016, severe outbreaks of WSSV in Queensland, Australia, snapped WSSV to the forefront of the national shrimp industry’s attention. With the WSSV emergency response destroying farm populations and costing producers millions of dollars, farmers urgently needed a way to monitor their animals for early-stage WSSV infection.   

Global uptake of POC test kits, including for WSSV, had become second nature in the shrimp industry, being used for various purposes, including early-stage WSSV detection. With WSSV devastation at their doorstep in 2016, the Australian Industry requested access to such kits, which first required Government approval.    

In 2019, at the request of a battered shrimp industry, the CSIRO commenced a laboratory-based evaluation of WSSV tests to determine the efficacy and fitness for purpose of POC test kits compared to laboratory PCR Testing.   

CSIRO examines WSSV POC testing   

Commencing in 2019, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) collaborated with shrimp industry stakeholders on a comprehensive study of WSSV testing methods. The study report – Evaluation of point of care (POC) tests for White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) – compares commercially available tests designed to detect WSSV on commercial shrimp farms with laboratory-run PCR WSSV tests.  

The CSIRO’s research compares and assesses five WSSV tests, comprising three rapid antigen-style and two PCR-based tests. After exhaustive testing, the study clearly shows that rapid antigen POC test kits yield inferior limits of detection when compared with PCR laboratory testing. The research group found that rapid antigen-style POC tests were a sub-optimal defense against WSSV because “POC tests had lower sensitivity than validated laboratory reference WSSV qPCR tests.”   

The lack of sensitivity of rapid antigen POC testing is such that it actually creates a false sense of security for farmers. The CSIRO study’s findings are crucially significant for the global industry because the current expectation among farmers is that POC tests can detect WSSV in the early stages of infection, providing early warning of disease. However, CSIRO’s study identifies vital issues with rapid antigen POC testing kits, which means that they are not, in fact, a solution for WSSV early warning and prevention.   

The dangerous flaw revealed by CSIRO’s POC testing study   

CSIRO’s study reveals substantial issues with POC test kits as a means to prevent WSSV outbreaks. Among the problems with POC kits, CSIRO emphasizes the gap between user expectations and actual test kit sensitivity in the field.    

Farmer’s confidence in POC test kits is supported by the perception that they can detect WSSV early enough to prevent large-scale stock losses. However, CSIRO’s research reveals that the studies used to prove POC kit capability were conducted in laboratory conditions, where the infection speed and transmission pathways did not reflect the reality on farms. A careful reading of manufacturers’ guidelines on some kits also reveals that validation occurs on synthetic templates, providing unrealistic guidelines for real-world use on shrimp samples.  

The CSIRO team writes in the report that “in existing literature, all POC tests were reported to be able to detect WSSV in the early stages of infection.” However, they continue, “the live prawn experiments conducted in this study demonstrate that white spot disease progresses much faster when prawns are injected with WSSV compared to when they are cohabitated with WSSV infected cohorts. Thus, the predicted timeframe from WSSV exposure to WSSV detection by POC testing in the field may be over-estimated…”    

(Image above: shrimp infected with WSSV.)

This finding underlines the crucial problem with POC tests as a means of WSSV control. The virus develops more rapidly in shrimp that are deliberately infected for the purposes of POC test kit validation. However, when used in commercial settings, where disease develops more slowly in individual animals, POC test kits fail to find the virus early enough to prevent infection from spreading throughout farm populations. This fatal flaw in POC kit sensitivity means that if farmers continue to use them for WSSV detection, they will miss the virus in its early stages, leading to continued disease outbreaks.       

Protecting against WSSV requires a strategic change   

WSSV is now endemic worldwide, so vigilant preventative monitoring with fit-for-purpose testing technology is essential. WSSV can destroy entire shrimp farm populations in mere days, underlining the need for an effective early detection regime.     

One of the key findings of CSIRO’s recent study is that when it comes to reliable testing for WSSV, current POC test kits cannot match the sensitivity and accuracy of validated laboratory-based PCR testing.     

“For all 3 WSSV strains assessed, the laboratory reference qPCRs were 10-fold more sensitive than the most sensitive POC test,” the CSIRO study found. Indeed, PCR tests are 100-fold more sensitive than one of the most commonly used POC test kits on the market. CSIRO states in their findings that for “For weak positive samples,” – typical of early stage WSSV infection – sensitivity of POC tests is inadequate, “with only 56% – 78% of replicate weak positive samples testing positive, in contrast to the 100% concordance demonstrated by the laboratory reference qPCRs.”    

(Image above: laboratory pathogen testing for WSSV is more accurate and reliable than conventional POC kits.) 

For farmers, the conclusion to be drawn from CSIRO’s research is emphatically clear: to avoid destructive outbreaks of WSSV, the shrimp industry urgently needs to pivot toward using lab-based PCR tests for routine testing instead of relying on rapid antigen POC kits. Notably, such lab-based PCR tests must also be properly validated by the laboratory personnel, with all assays varying in performance based on equipment, chemistry, people, and operating conditions.   

With turnaround times on laboratory testing as short as twenty-four hours, any concerns about immediacy can be set aside. Performing a POC test on-site gives the false security of quick results, but the reality is that due to their lack of sensitivity, POC tests miss disease in its early stages when a lab test would detect it.    

The research takeaways for farmers  

The CSIRO report clearly shows that lab-based PCR tests are more sensitive and reliable than the currently ubiquitous POC kits. It should also be noted that such lab-based PCR tests must be properly validated in any given laboratory to ensure optimal performance and that validation is an ongoing requirement, not a one-off event.  

The early warning aspect of lab-based PCR testing delivers a vital advantage to farmers since knowing about WSSV infection on their farm a few days early can prevent catastrophic stock losses.     

When disease outbreaks can decimate shrimp farms in mere days, and millions of dollars are on the line, CSIRO’s research sends a strong signal to the shrimp industry to stop relying on POC kits. Lab-based PCR testing, with its superior sensitivity and reliability, is the only way to effectively manage the threat of WSSV.   

Shrimp MultiPath2.0 provides reliable, fast WSSV detection 

Genics Shrimp MultiPath2.0™ is a lab-based PCR test that sets the industry standard for reliable, rapid shrimp pathogen detection.  

Unlike conventional test kits, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 detects 18 common shrimp pathogens with a single test, including WSSV.  

Acting as an early warning system, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 alerts farmers to the presence of pathogens weeks before any visible symptoms appear. This proactive approach is invaluable in preventing costly stock losses and maintaining the health of the aquaculture environment.  

With CSIRO research clearly showing the inadequacy of conventional POC test kits, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 is the best solution for producers who want cutting-edge protection against WSSV. 

Protect your shrimp from WSSV  

Discover the advantages of Shrimp MultiPath2.0 and book a free consultation: click here

About the author 

Dr. Melony Sellars has 20 years of experience in Aquaculture, with an in-depth background in shrimp aquaculture. She has extensive expertise in the application of novel biotech solutions for industry, genetics, and breeding programs. Dr. Sellars is the CEO and Managing Director of Genics, the leading provider of shrimp health and pathogen management technology.  

The Shrimp MultiPath2.0 advantage: A quantum leap forward in very early pathogen detection 

The Genics team spends a lot of time on shrimp farms, listening to the challenges producers face, and we’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our services to meet the needs of farmers. Disease control is a high priority, along with an urgent demand for testing solutions that are both effective and affordable. 

Genics is proud to announce the release of Shrimp MultiPath2.0, which brings game-changing capabilities to shrimp pathogen detection. Identifying 18 shrimp pathogens with a single test, this latest edition of our testing technology redefines industry standards, giving farmers cost-effective and comprehensive protection for their animals. 

Comprehensive pathogen detection 

One of the standout features of Shrimp MultiPath2.0 is its unique capacity to detect 18 common shrimp pathogens with a single test: WSSV, AHPND pirA/AHPND pirB, EHP, GAV YHV2, IHHNV, IMNV, YHV 1, YHV 7, HPV HDV, MBV, LSNV, MoV, TSV, NHP, DIV1, PvNV, CmNV and MrNV. 

Unlike conventional kits and services that look for only one pathogen per sample, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 allows farmers to detect every prominent disease threat with a single highly accurate test. Shrimp MultiPath2.0 also detects and differentiates between genetic subvariants of major pathogens, delivering optimal protection. 

When it comes to a species like shrimp where there are multiple pathogens at any given time causing production impacts, Genics Shrimp MultiPath2.0 is the solution of choice, defining multi-factorial production risks at hand. 

Fast and reliable results 

When it comes to disease protection in aquaculture, time is of the essence. Genics sets the industry standard for sample shipping, with a 1-to-5-day farm-to-lab data delivery window worldwide, including shipping and processing time at the lab.  

Once clients’ samples arrive at the Genics lab, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 delivers accurate, verified test results within 48 hours. This rapid global response time empowers farmers to take prompt action based on accurate data they can trust, minimizing the risk of disease outbreaks and potential stock losses. 

Shrimp MultiPath2.0 sample collection systems are easy to use on the farm, and Genics goes the extra mile with real-time GPS sample tracking. This exclusive service for Genics key clients provides peace of mind to farmers, knowing that their samples are securely tracked from the farm to the laboratory every minute of the day. 

Farmers’ early warning system against disease 

Genics Shrimp MultiPath2.0 acts as an early warning system, alerting farmers to the presence of pathogens weeks before any visible signs of illness appear in their animals. This proactive approach is invaluable in preventing costly stock losses and maintaining the health of the aquaculture environment. 

In the case of infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV), Shrimp MultiPath2.0 can significantly increase farm gate value by up to US$52,000.00 per hectare. For devastating pathogens like white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and IMNV, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 has the potential to save entire harvests, sparing farmers from substantial financial setbacks.*  

Cost-effective, precise testing 

Shrimp MultiPath2.0 detects a broad spectrum of pathogens, focusing on the most economically damaging. This comprehensive, targeted approach enables farmers to defend against the most critical disease threats efficiently. 

Moreover, precision is a cornerstone of Genics’ testing methodology. Shrimp MultiPath2.0 includes control tests that validate the integrity of DNA and RNA in every sample, setting the bar higher than industry standards. This precision is particularly crucial for shrimp, which contain PCR inhibitors like chitin.  

Verified and secure data 

Genics prioritizes the security and integrity of test data by encrypting and delivering it directly to clients for exclusive use. This commitment to data security ensures confidentiality and has fostered a trusting relationship between Genics and its clients. 

The new standard for shrimp disease control  

With recent research clearly showing the inadequacy of POC test kits, which are still widely used in the industry, Genics is committed to providing a better alternative for farmers that is not only effective but also less expensive than conventional testing.  

Shrimp MultiPath2.0 is a genuine innovation in shrimp pathogen detection, addressing the industry’s need for a comprehensive, fast, and accurate testing solution. With its ability to detect a wide range of pathogens, deliver swift results, and provide secure, verified quantitative data, Shrimp MultiPath2.0 sets a new standard for certainty and safety. 

Want to know more about Shrimp MultiPath2.0?  

Get all the information you need and book a free consultation here.

*Source: Sellars, M.J., Cowley, J.A., Musson, D., Rao, M., Menzies, M., Coman, G.J., Murphy, M. 2019; Reduced growth performance of Black Tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) infected with infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus.  Aquaculture 488: 160-166. 

Genics wins the Translation Hero Award at InnovationAus 2023

Genics has won the Translation Hero category at the InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence. The InnovationAus Awards were presented on Wednesday night, November 1, at a gala dinner at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.   

Outstanding innovation recognized 

The InnovationAus Translation Hero Award focuses on research innovation leading to business success. Getting ideas out of labs and into the marketplace can be challenging, so this category of InnovationAus recognizes outstanding achievements in technological commercialization. Genics won the Translation Hero Award for Shrimp Multipath, the groundbreaking shrimp pathogen detection product that has set new benchmarks for accuracy and speed in the aquaculture industry.       

The InnovationAus Awards celebrate groundbreaking Australian companies working to shape the future of technology. Awarding the Translation Hero Award to Genics, InnovationAus referred to the valuable contribution it has already made to the shrimp industry, mentioning one trial where Shrimp MultiPath helped to increase production output by $67,000 per hectare in terms of farm gate value. InnovationAus also referred to Shrimp MultiPath’s success in Ecuador, the world’s largest shrimp exporter, where Genics “helped to double the egg outputs in its clients’ breeding stock.”  

Announcing Genics’ win, InnovationAus’s Stuart Mason emphasized that “at a time when the world’s food production needs to jump by more than fifty percent to meet the needs of the growing population, Shrimp Multipath is an innovative solution to food wastage based on pioneering research that has been effectively commercialized.”   

Pathogen testing that sets new industry benchmarks 

Shrimp MultiPath detects common pathogens that can be devastating to shrimp farm stock. The Shrimp MultiPath panel is a game changer for farmers because it can detect fourteen pathogens in one test, rather than testing for each disease individually as other labs do.  

Genics achieves industry-best turnaround times on testing results, thanks to the efficiency of the MultiPath technology. Global customers get farm-to-lab results within five days, even in overseas regions such as South America and Asia, compared to a prior industry standard of fourteen days plus. Testing speed and accuracy are essential to shrimp farmers because if pathogens are not detected early, they can destroy prawn stocks, severely diminishing product quality and profitability. By dramatically accelerating the testing process, Genics saves farmers’ money and gives them earlier warning of disease threats. 

Award recognizes Genics’ contribution to food security 

Image: Kate Razzivina receiving the Translation Hero Award on behalf of Genics from CSIRO's Tennille Eyre at the InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence. Photo credit: InnovationAus.

Kate Razzivina receiving the Translation Hero Award on behalf of Genics from CSIRO’s Tennille Eyre at the InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence. Photo credit: InnovationAus.

Kate Razzivina took to the podium to accept the Translation Hero Award on behalf of Genics. She was presented with the trophy by CSIRO Executive Manager of Innovation Programs Tennille Eyre.     

“We’re very proud of Genics being a global player in the food security space; it’s a huge area,” Kate Razzivina said.    

“We want to say a big thank you to CSIRO for all the support, and we just wanted to say congratulations to the team at Genics – everyone – and to Richard White, our well-known Australian tech entrepreneur, for supporting it.”    

Talking about the product development of Shrimp MultiPath in a recent interview for the CSIRO blog, Genics CEO Mellony Sellars said:     

“Seeing our pilot farms and early adopters succeed with our Prawn MultiPath technology and achieve real production improvements was incredibly rewarding as a scientist. There is no better feeling than having developed a complex scientific system that delivers real-world commercial impact. Especially when it’s for something as important as global food security.”    

2023 continues to be an exciting year for Genics. This win at InnovationAus comes close on the heels of recent awards from the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards and Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. Genics is also an Australian Export Awards Finalist this year. 


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Genics is excited to be an Australian Export Awards Finalist in 2023 

Every year, the Australian Export Awards honor the achievements of remarkable businesses nationwide and their valuable contributions, both economic and cultural. Genics is proud to announce that we are an Australian Export Awards 2023 finalist, joining the ranks of the nation’s most innovative exporters.    

Genics was victorious in the Small Business category of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards and now progresses to the Australian Export Awards. Winners of the national competition will be announced at the awards ceremony at Australia’s Parliament House on 30 November 2023. Don Farrell, the Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism, will host the ceremony. Announcing the Awards finalists, Mr. Farrell said:   

“These companies represent a diverse range of sectors and industries and have made significant contributions to our national economy, creating jobs and opportunities in our cities, regions, and rural areas. This year’s national finalists have collectively employed over twenty-two thousand Australians and generated over 12 billion dollars in export earnings during the last financial year.”   

Now in its 61st year, the Australian Export Awards is one of Australia’s longest-running business awards programs. It has recognized more than two thousand companies since 1963 that have achieved international success in diverse sectors through their commitment, innovation, and leadership.    

This year’s award nominees showcase export businesses across multiple categories, from agribusiness to e-commerce, manufacturing, and sustainability. Finalists and category winners will enjoy the global spotlight, helping drive demand for their products and services. They also inspire other Australian businesses seeking to make an impact in the worldwide marketplace.   

The Australian Export Awards is presented by the Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade) in partnership with State and Territory awards programs. It is made possible through the valued support of leading Australian corporations, export facilitators, industry groups, and the Australian Government.   

Austrade has a mission to build a more robust Australian economy by accelerating the growth of exporters, attracting foreign investment, and stimulating recovery in the visitor economy. Through its network of more than 1,200 experts in 67 offices, Austrade aims to give Australian businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace. It connects Government agencies to leading companies so that public policy and services are shaped by commercial knowledge and real-world insights.   

Genics is a world leader in biosecurity and agricultural technology. Genics helps farmers reduce risk and boost productivity with comprehensive pathogen testing and breeding management programs.    

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Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, Brisbane: Genics wins Product Innovation Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Genics has collected another feather for our cap, taking home the Product Innovation Award at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards last week.

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are hosted annually by the City of Brisbane through the Brisbane Economic Development Agency. The awards recognise outstanding companies driving positive change for the future. Now in its 18th year, the awards have honoured 157 businesses and economic leaders across a wide range of industries.

The 2023 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards winners, including Genics, were announced at the Gala Dinner last Friday, October 20. Speaking at the ceremony on Friday, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that the awards celebrated the unwavering pursuit of innovation and creativity in the Brisbane business community.

“Small and medium businesses continue to face immense challenges as the cost of living rises, but Brisbane’s businesses are showing incredible resilience,” Cr Schrinner said. “The 2023 awards once again recognise world-class innovators and change-makers who are driving Brisbane’s economic future. Their dedication to sustainability, growth, and community impact is inspiring and showcases the immense talent of individuals and organisations within our city. These awards are a way for our city to recognise the unwavering commitment of our business network in curating an environment where innovation, technology, creativity, and sustainability shine.”

Genics was presented with the “Accenture Australia Product Innovation Award” at the gala ceremony. This award recognises Genics for “providing early pathogen detection, biosecurity management and breeding programs for the national and global shrimp industry.”

Genics’ Chairman Roger Sayers was in attendance to receive Genics’ award on behalf of the company. In his remarks from the podium, he noted Genics continued commitment to biotechnology innovation and thanked the City of Brisbane for its continued support of local businesses and job creation.  


(Above: Genics’ Chairman Roger Sayers accepts the Lord Mayor’s Business Award for Product Innovation. Photos courtesy of the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.)

Following Genics’ recognition earlier last week at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, this win further affirms our mission to keep doing high-end innovative research, supporting Australian farmers in solving their biggest challenges and exporting cutting-edge technology to the world.

You can read more about the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards on their blog.

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Genics wins Small Business category at Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2023

Trade and Investment Queensland hosted the annual Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards last night, and it was a night to remember for Genics, emerging as the proud winners in the Small Business category.

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards is a prestigious annual event celebrating the outstanding achievements of export-oriented businesses in Queensland. It’s a platform that recognizes and applauds companies that are not only thriving in the domestic market but also making their mark in the global arena by introducing innovative Australian products to the world. 

The 2023 awards night saw 43 companies vie for recognition in this prestigious competition, competing across 15 categories. The announcement of the 2023 award winners was made by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick. 

Genics triumphed in the Small Business category, showcasing its dedication to punching above its weight in the global agricultural technology sphere. This victory represents a significant milestone for Genics and a gratifying recognition of the company’s contribution to the Queensland export industry over the last twelve months.

A substantial contingent of Genics team members was at the ceremony for the award presentation, adding to the moment’s significance. Among them were: Dr. Melony Sellars, the CEO and Managing Director, whose leadership has played a pivotal role in guiding Genics towards success; Roger Sayers, Non-Executive Director and Chairman; and Dirk Krueger, Chief Commercial Officer and Director. Also in attendance to celebrate were Dr. Ralf Moser, R&D Director, Dr. Joanna Gerszon, Senior R&D Scientist, Michael Speirs, Head of Digital Solutions, Louise Franz, Commercial Operations Manager, and Senior Scientist, and Emmanuel Marshall, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager.

(Photos courtesy of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.)

Genics’ victory in the Small Business category is a motivational boost for the whole team. The company’s commitment to innovation and quality, exporting Australian products to the world market, continues to yield welcome accolades. This recognition reflects not only our success but also the energy and ambition of the Queensland technology, farming and exporting communities.

Our sincere thanks go out to our many supporters in both the commercial and scholarly realms, our partners in the farming and aquaculture industries, and of course to Trade and Investment Queensland, organisers of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. 

Genics has consistently demonstrated its ability to stand out in Queensland’s competitive small business landscape. Dedication to research and development, creation of unique digital solutions, and the commitment of an exceptional team have been pivotal to the company’s growth and success. We’re proud of our capability to excel in the domestic market, and we’ll continue to take our ideas to the global stage.


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