Benchmark announces new head of CleanTreat

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Veterinary surgeon Neil Robertson now at the helm.

In a press release today, Benchmark – the UK-based fish treatments giant – has announced that Neil Robertson will be taking on the role as head of CleanTreat – its purification system.

Robertson is a veterinary surgeon and has 10 years’ experience in the aquaculture industry, including time spent in technical and commercial roles in Norway, UK, Ireland and the Faroe Islands with Novartis Animal Health. More recently, he was European Commercial Manager of Elanco’s Aquaculture Division, based in Norway.

He was also an active board member of the Sea Lice Research Centre (SLRC) in Bergen, Norway, representing Novartis Animal Health, and then Elanco.

Neil will work with Benchmark Animal Health’s development and commercial teams to support ongoing work towards commercialisation of CleanTreat alongside the launch of Benchmark’s next generation sea lice product and third-party commercial opportunities.

Neil Robertson commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Benchmark Animal Health team at a pivotal stage in its growth. This is a unique opportunity for me to lead a dynamic, talented and passionate team who have worked extensively on this innovative solution. I truly believe CleanTreat will change the future of the management of sea lice.”

Benchmark Animal Health Head John Marshall added: “CleanTreat represents a transformational change in the battle against one of the salmon industry’s greatest challenges and a step towards a future where no chemicals are applied directly to the oceans.”

“We are thrilled that Neil has joined us to head up the CleanTreat business opportunity. His proven commercial track record in the aquaculture industry and his technical and veterinary experience means he is perfectly placed to support the sustainable development and growth of the salmon industry and Benchmark. ”