LanzaTech strikes a double in NZBIO awards
Friday 15th April 2011
Innovative Biotech company LanzaTech has been awarded Company of the Year at the NZBio 2011 Annual Excellence Awards.
LanzaTech first focused on proving it could ferment waste gases from steel mill flues to make a low cost ethanol. It took its patented process and microbe to the Glenbrook Steel Mill near Auckland and has been running a pilot plant producing ethanol for more than two years. Now it is working with global market players in China, Korea and India to scale plants that will produce commercial levels of ethanol. LanzaTech have been working with Baldwins Intellectual Property to ensure this technology is appropriately protected and can be used to it’s full potential in international markets.
Dr Sean Simpson, co-founder of LanzaTech, is thrilled LanzaTech has been recognised by its peers in New Zealand.
Dr Simpson also won the award for Young Biotechnologist of the Year, recognising him as an individual under the age of 40 whose work demonstrates the potential for future leadership in New Zealand’s bioeconomy.
LanzaTech, founded in 2005, has offices in New Zealand, the United States and China. It is collaborating on projects in the steel, coal, oil, chemicals and biomass sectors in those countries as well as India and Korea. It is the recipient of multiple global awards in the clean energy and high tech sectors.