ViAqua is developing the first orally administered treatment in aquaculture to stop diseases from developing and to prevent viral epidemics.
ViAqua’s platform for treating viral diseases in shellfish and fish utilizes a proprietary RNAi nanoparticle formulation that triggers a cell reaction to disable the viral infection. The coated nanoparticles are delivered via feed or immersion to produce maximum effect and to reduce costs.
Stage: Technology development
Founded: September 2014
Investor: The Trendlines Group
In the media: ViAqua founders interviewed about innovative research (nrg)
Preventing and treating disease, particularly viral infections, is one of the major challenges facing aquaculture today. Currently, drugs to combat aquaculture diseases are generally injected into shellfish/fish one at a time. This labor-intensive and costly solution is relevant for large premium fish such as salmon, but it leaves shellfish and small fish unprotected, resulting in production losses of 20% or greater in certain species.
The underdeveloped area of virus/disease treatment in aquaculture is becoming a focus of interest and activity as the drive to increase food production for feeding a growing world population intensifies.
ViAqua’s first product is for shrimp, the most important aquaculture commodity, which accounts for 20% of the total international trade value of fish products. According to the USDA, diseases cause 10% to 20% losses in shrimp aquaculture. Delivery presents a major challenge for effective, economical treatment. Treatment for other shellfish (e.g., lobster, crab) and fish will follow.
See the company one-page description in Chinese (PDF).
Watch Shai Einbinder's presentation at the 6th Trendlines Showcase.
ViAqua is the first orally administered treatment in aquaculture to stop diseases from developing and to prevent viral epidemics.
Shai Ufaz, Co-CEO
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