AquaInTech Inc. (AITI) is a shortening of Aquaculture Information Technology. AITI was founded in 1996 as an outgrowth of efforts to commercialise the first vaccine for farmed shrimp by International Aquaculture Biotechnologies Ltd. (IABL) using VC funding. Based on a product developed in the early 1990s that was widely tested in Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Thailand, India and elsewhere, AITI established itself as the first company to successfully field test and market a non-specific immune stimulant for shrimp (shrimp apparently cannot be immunized).
The founder of AITI, Stephen G. Newman has a PhD in marine microbiology and a BSc. in Conservation and Resource Development. In 1979 and the early 1980's, he developed and commercialized some of the first vaccines for farmed salmonids. In 1990 he went to work for himself. Utilizing his knowledge of aquaculture and sustainability acquired decades before most people were aware of the term, he set out to offer a variety of high quality products and support services for the US and international fish and shrimp farming communities. In its 15 years AITIs’ name has become synonymous with quality, innovation and a reliable source of information. With hundreds of satisfied customers in dozens of countries, AITI continues to innovate and ensure that its clients benefit from the latest in technology and understand how to be truly sustainable.
Dr. Newman is experienced in many facets of the science of aquaculture and many allied scientific disciplines. He has worked with banks, governments, insurance companies, university researchers, venture capitalists and equity firms, farm owners, farmers, processing plants, NGOs and others at all levels of the process with multiple species. He is a Fish Health Official for Canada, a Title 50 USFWS certifying official, has licensed two of the six drugs currently approved for sale in the US into aquaculture with the FDA (formalin and tricaine), licensed multiple vaccines for fish in the US and Canada with the USDA and Ag Canada, has administered more than a million dollars in grants, is HACCP, ISO 22000 and SA 8000 trained, is an auditor for the ACC, qualified to audit multiple fish and crustacean species at the farm, hatchery and processing plants and has extensive knowledge of pathology, animal husbandry, ecology, genetics, immunology, biotechnology, microbiology (environmental, food and water), fermentation science and physical chemistry. He holds one patent and has developed many products for AITI designed to promote sustainability in farmed fish and shrimp.
Dr. Newman writes a blog for Seafood Source and writes regular articles on all facets of aquaculture for a variety of magazines. Some of these are in the publications link. Seafood Source.com offers a wide range of free information on fisheries and aquaculture related activities.
Copyright AITI 2014 Stephen G. Newman Ph.D.