Equinome opens Sydney office in response to demand for its services

Equinome has opened a sales and marketing office in Sydney in response to rising demand for its equine genomics services.

The NovaUCD spinout company is receiving very favourable responses to it Speed Gene Test and to its Elite Performance Test, genetic services used by thoroughbred horse breeders.

Equinome has clients in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, UK, France, Russia and Singapore. In recent months, major Australian stallion farms Widden Stud and Swettenham Stud have publicly begun to market their stallions with their results from Equinome’s genetic tests.

Australian Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes said: “The substantial scientific research upon which Equinome’s tests have been developed translates into what we are seeing ourselves on the track, and we at Lindsay Park Racing now recommend to all of our owners that they use Equinome’s tests to assist us in maximising the potential of their racehorse.”

Equinome managing director Donal Ryan said: “The opening of our new Australasian sales office is another exciting step in Equinome’s development. With our business growing rapidly in the region it was necessary to establish a permanent base here to meet the increasing demand for our services and to provide enhanced support to our existing customers.

“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.”

An Enterprise Ireland client company, the Sydney launch was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar. The company will use this office as a base from which to build its Asia-Pacific clientele.

The company was founded in 2009 by Dr Emmeline Hill, a UCD genomics scientist, in partnership with Mr Jim Bolger, the racehorse trainer. Still headquartered at NovaUCD, Equinome has facilities at both the university and at Jim Bolger’s training yard in Co Kilkenny.

Prof Peter Clinch, UCD’s vice-president for innovation, said: “Equinome’s announcement to establish an office in Australia, a key target market for the company, is a significant development for this innovative UCD spin-out company which was founded only a few years ago to commercialise the outputs of UCD research activities.”

Equinome researchers, in collaboration with UCD researchers, have published more scientific papers on thoroughbred exercise genomics than any other research group worldwide.

Through its associations with top-class breeders and trainers, Equinome has access to large numbers of elite horses at various stages of training and competition that provide subjects for its on-going research programme.

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