Centre for Aquaculture Diagnostics & Vaccines

NYP launched the Centre for Aquaculture Diagnostics & Vaccines (CADV) in 2018. CADV aims to be the one-stop provider of workable and deployable solutions for solving health-related problems and nutritional requirements of farmed seafood. CADV’s mission is to help elevate the local aquaculture industry - via technological development and deployment, facilitation of market opportunities in food production and processing, support of government policies, and training of skilled manpower for the aquaculture industry in Singapore and beyond.


CADV Capabilities:

Fish Vaccination Strategies Crustacean Aquaculture Fish Health & Diagnostics Cellular Agriculture
  • Autogenous Vaccines
  • Nanovaccination
  • Immersion Vaccines
  • Mangrove Crab Grading
  • Next Gen Vertical RAS for Fattening
  • Crustacean Cell Culture
  • Rapid Diagnostics
  • Species-Specific Antibodies
  • Surveillance (digital PCR)
  • Muscle & Fat Cell Lines from Aquatic Species
  • Plant-derived Serum Substitutes
  • Hydrogels for Cell Differentiation and Anchorage
CADV currently supports the food fish farming community, in Singapore and the region, by providing the following services and solutions:
  • Farm visits to diagnose disease outbreaks
  • Isolation and detection of potential pathogens from food fish
  • Development of autogenous fish vaccines
  • Novel non-injection fish vaccine delivery systems eg. nanovaccines and dip vaccines
  • Diagnostic tools for fish pathogen detection
  • Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) solutions for crustaceans
  • Grading and quality assessment solutions for the aquaculture industry
  • Cellular agriculture R&D

CADV’s industry partners include RAS Aquaculture, Umami Meats, Opal Resources, AME2 & ACE, Kuhlbarra, KMP Group (Singapore), Cantho University (Vietnam), and Prime Aquaculture.

Iconic Project : Next Generation Mangrove Crab SMART Indoor Vertical Farm

  • Proprietary piping design for improved biosecurity
  • Proprietary crab box design for improved solid clearing and water flow
  • Machine-vision solutions to track feeding and moulting
  • NIRS crab grading to sort freshly moulted, lean vs meaty crabs

Iconic Project : Fish Health & Diagnostics

  • CADV has been instrumental in developing autogenous vaccines which help boost the survival rate of fish, like seabass, for local fish farms in Singapore.
  • CADV has also ventured overseas to Vietnam to help develop vaccines for the catfish industry. Laboratory trials held in Vietnam have shown promising results, and field trials are being planned to test the efficacy of various vaccines.
  • CADV holds a Licence to Possess Veterinary Biologics for R&D work related to fish vaccines development. The license is granted by Nparks Singapore.

Iconic Project : Mangrove Crab Grading Techniques

  • A key problem affecting seafood restaurants in Singapore is the lack of good meaty crabs. Some restaurants resort to using lean crabs. This generally leads to customer complaints, reputation damage and loss of business. Current methods used to grade crabs are inadequate as they are based on subjective judgement.
  • This innovation is a Singapore-developed technology that, for the first time, introduces a scientific approach towards mud crab grading. Each crab can be graded in just three seconds using our method. The innovation improves seafood quality control in our seafood restaurants and the aquaculture industry.

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