The Irish company that developed a speed gene test for racehorses is opening an office in Australia.
Equinome’s new office will be the focal point for the company’s sales and marketing activities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Equinome, a University College Dublin spin-off company, was established in 2009 by Dr Emmeline Hill, a genomics scientist at the institution, in partnership with high-profile Irish racehorse trainer and breeder Jim Bolger.
Equinome’s Managing Director, Donal Ryan, who is currently based in Australia to establish the new office, said the company’s business was rapidly growing in the region and it was necessary to establish a permanent base there.
“Australia and New Zealand are world leaders in the bloodstock industry and home to many of the world’s finest thoroughbred racehorses, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with many of the top breeding and training operations here while expanding out our regional presence,” Ryan said.
Equinome launched its first test, the Speed Gene Test, in 2010, followed by its Elite Performance Test the following year.
Equinome said it had already secured clients in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Britain, France, Russia and Singapore.
In recent months, major Australian stallion farms Widden Stud and Swettenham Stud had publicly begun to market their stallions with their results from Equinome’s genetic tests.