Vetsina has utilized the UK government’s Kickstart Scheme to partially fund the appointment of a new laboratory scientist, Brandon Shek, to help its team in developing innovative animal health diagnostics for veterinary use.
The company, founded by Roslin Technologies and Destina Genomics, is looking to enable early diagnosis of illness and infection in companion animals and livestock using RNA diagnostics, including microRNA diagnostics, so that veterinarians can enhance the health and wellbeing of companion animals and livestock.
It said such tests will also help veterinarians to detect physiological changes earlier, such as confirmation of pregnancy and cattle puberty, thus improving the productivity of livestock.
“Brandon has an honors degree in Biotechnology from the University of Edinburgh and undertook a year-long master’s research project in clinical veterinary sciences but was waiting for his first opportunity to apply his knowledge in a commercial setting,” said Simon Wheeler, Vetsina CEO. “As we approach our company’s first birthday in July, the Kickstart Scheme funding provided a valuable opportunity both to strengthen our team and give an outstanding candidate a gateway into the industry.”