NZBIO Annual Excellence Award Winners Crowned

Wednesday 30th September 2015

NZBIO Conference 2015

Last week NZBIO held its annual conference at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand. The two-day event was a busy celebration of all things biotech with a focus on defining New Zealand’s sweet spot and providing a forum for conference attendees to consider what we are good at as a nation. 

Baldwins’ Senior Associate, Jared Scarlett enjoyed the conference atmosphere, “it was good to see so many success stories during the conference and to hear from those New Zealand companies doing well and making inroads overseas.”

Jared participated in a panel discussion during the IP session of the conference considering the potential implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) for IP owners in New Zealand and abroad.


NZBIO Annual Excellence Awards

NZBIO celebrated its Annual Excellence Awards during the conference at an Awards gala dinner attended by conference delegates and supporters. This year, winners for each of the three categories were selected by conference attendees using a voting system via a mobile app. 

Baldwins was proud to support the awards and to sponsor the ‘Company of the Year’ award won by Auckland-based Aroa Biosurgery (Aroa).

Aroa has developed Endoform™, a novel extracellular matrix biosurgery platform for soft tissue repair and reconstruction. It has already sold more than one million units of its Endoform Dermal Template™, which is used in diabetic and venous ulcers treatments, in the United States.

Congratulations to all the finalists and to the winners in each of the three categories!


NZBIO Annual Excellence Awards (winners in bold):

Young Bioscientist of the Year 

  • Matthew Rowe (Bioconsortia)
  • Dr Shivali Gulab (Avalia)
  • Dr. Andrew Clarkson (University of Otago)

Bioscientist of the Year 

  • Dr. Barnaby May (Aroa Biosurgery)
  • Dr Nick Roberts (AgResearch)
  • Nathan Balasingham (Indigo)

Company of the Year 

  • Aroa Biosurgery (formerly Mesynthes)
  • Honey Labs
  • Canterbury Scientific

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