Environmental Genomics, Inc. (EGI) is a minority family-run small business startup that is joining the burgeoning aquaculture industry racing to feed Americans growing appetite for healthy seafood, particularly shrimp. In the last decades, the amount of shrimp consumed in the U.S. has contributed to an annual U.S. trade deficit of over US$4.5 billion with much of the imported shrimp coming from aquaculture facilities in developing nations. EGI’s intentions are to (1) help develop aquaculture of local, Glyphosate-free shrimp, Pandalus borealis, in the northeastern United States, (2) promote aquaculture of Penaeus species from US coasts, raised with organic feeds free of antimicrobials and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) like glyphosate, roundup, metals, bisphenol A and others, and (3) monitor EDCs in seafood sold in US supermarkets. Based on our genome sequence of the first specific pathogen-free (SPF) Penaeus (Litopenaeus) vannamei produced in the USA, we advise on differential diagnosis of shrimp endogenous viral elements (EVR) of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV) for international trade purposes. EGI helps train students to apply the holistic concept of ‘ONE HEALTH / UNA SALUD’ to conserve healthy ecosystems (mangroves, wetlands), to maintain and produce healthy shellfish and fish, to protect children’s health long-term.
Acacia A. Warren, DMVZ, MSc, Phd
President of EGI
Dr. Acacia Warren is a doctor in veterinary medicine and zoonosis, with expertise in reproductive physiology and endocrinology, immunobiology, biotechnology, genomics and epigenomics. As a graduate of the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia of the Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador, she tested a papillomavirus vaccine in cows of the Galapagos Islands. As independent researcher, she now looks for clues in the makeup of marine shrimp genomes (Litopenaeus vannamei, Penaeus monodon, Pandalus borealis) to help the shrimp industry breed healthy, environmentally-friendly, EDCs-free and high growth-shrimp, while tracking environmental and animal fingerprints. She directs the global ‘ONE HEALTH Epigenomics Educational Initiative', and coordinates the holistic program ‘UNA SALUD / ONE HEALTH Epigenomics & Microbiomes: Somos lo que comemos / We are what we eat’ of the Foundation for Conservation of Biodiversity (FUCOBI) of Ecuador. At EGI, she helps train One Health scientists on sustainability issues ranging from conservation of healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (agricultural soil, mangroves, wetlands), to maintaining healthy EDC-free seafood (shrimp, mollusks, fish), to protecting children’s health. She advises students and mothers participating in the ‘Shrimp Scampi: A Citizens Science Project’.
William B. Warren, MSc, MBA
Vice- President and Treasurer of EGI
He is a large business systems Technical Architect and Business Analyst with over 20 years of proven design and leadership experience. Demonstrated results as a hands-on lead technical architect of high-dollar, mission-critical projects in multi-platform environments. Comprehensive experience leading technical teams in the design, implementation, testing, tuning, and rollout of technical architectures for client/server and Web-based systems for financial services companies, based on large database systems. Multiple projects as a business analyst assessing business processes, designing a future state, and laying out a roadmap of cost-effective projects to attain the desired end state for financial services clients.