About Us

Chiasma is a national New Zealand organisation that creates links between academia and the wider science, technology and engineering (STEM) industries.

Our mission is to inspire and help our members to develop a successful career in the STEM industry by providing them with the necessary skills, networks and mindset.

In turn, these innovative, well connected and commercially aware graduates will contribute to the growth of New Zealand’s knowledge based economy.

History

Chiasma was launched in September 2004 by Priv Bradoo, Swati Sharma and Daniel Sun, three PhD students in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Since then, Chiasma has grown into a thriving organisation, with branches in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin and boasts over 3500 student and industry members. Each centre runs their own flavour of networking events, workshops, panel discussions, mentorship programmes and site visits tailored towards the local students and industry.

Chiasma Committees

Each centre is run by their own student-led Chiasma Committee. Each committee is made up of business savvy, entrepreneurial and connected students who are passionate about the STEM industries. Connecting our centres is the Chiasma National committee, made up of previous executives from the local centres.

The University of Auckland is the founding home of Chiasma, which was born from the hard work and vision of three PhD students. This hard work and vision is shared by all 29 students which proudly make up the Chiasma Auckland team. Chiasma Auckland is also home to our National team, which seeks to continue spreading Chiasma and the Chiasma effect across the country.

Meet The Auckland Team

Executive Team

Sammy Choudhery

CEO
Kianna Legg

Kianna Legg

COO
Michael Allison

Michael Allison

Treasurer

Industry Team

Greta Holland

Industry Team Lead

Alchae Cansana

Industry Team

Josh Shi

Industry Team

Naman Thapar

Industry Team

Sejal Bhan

Industry Team

Tushaal Kumar

Industry Team

Marketing Team

Bismah Mahmood

Marketing Team Lead

Emily Phan

Marketing Team

Nabeel Hassan

Marketing Team

Adela Plakic

Marketing Team

Systems Team

Kabilan Kathiravel

Tech Team Lead

Events Team

Daniel Xu

Events Team Co-Lead

Jen Lim

Events Team Co-Lead

Amandeep Kaur

Events Team

Ethan Daugherty

Events Team

Sachin Bharamappa

Events Team

Sponsors

University of Auckland: Business School

Our aim is to be one of Asia Pacific’s foremost business schools – to develop graduates, knowledge and ideas that enhance the productivity, growth and global competitiveness of New Zealand enterprise.

In order to achieve this vision, the faculty will:

  • Propagate the Business School’s entrepreneurial mindset across the University.
  • Develop a new curriculum – one that is flexible and scalable, that focuses specifically on innovation and commercialisation, and which builds an entrepreneurial mindset to support the transformation process.
  • Forge visionary partnerships with business and investment communities to ensure that the experiential learning opportunities that are essential to real learning about wealth creation are available to all who wish to embark on this journey.
  • Research and improve the process of getting ideas to markets – whether it be in entrepreneurial start-ups, owner-managed or family-owned businesses, or large corporations.
  • Support the transformation with infrastructure and resources to unleash its enabling power.

Visit them at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/business.html

University of Auckland: Faculty of Science

The faculty is the largest and most highly ranked science faculty in New Zealand offering a wide range of subjects and specialisations to more than 7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying across 10 different schools and departments.

Visit them at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/science.html

University of Auckland: Faculty of Medical and Health Science

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our local, national and global communities through excellence in teaching, research and service.

Over the past three years we have opened the award winning AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre – Whakaaro Pai, seen significant enhancement of our Advanced Clinical Skills Centre at Mercy Ascot Hospital, and commissioned a suite of new teaching rooms and a large integrated teaching facility.

In 2009, the faculty opened the Centre for Brain Research, one of the largest neuroscience research facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. These resources will enable our students to fully experience the rewards of learning and researching in a world-class academic, medical and health sciences environment.

Visit them at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/fmhs.html

University of Auckland: Faculty of Medical and Health Science

Uniservices

We partner with the best minds at the University of Auckland to apply intelligent thinking to ideas that have the potential to change the world.

Together with our partners, we look to the future, imagine the possibilities, and innovate for public and private good.

For over 30 years, we’ve collaborated with hundreds of organisations on thousands of projects in New Zealand and around the world.

At UniServices, our imagination knows no bounds. Our team, backed by the full resources of the University of Auckland, is dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives.

Visit them at https://www.uniservices.co.nz/

Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology

The Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) works in close association with the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Auckland, and focuses on industry partnerships to accelerate innovation and develop new models of bioscience enterprise training. The IIB was launched in June 2006 and operates under a Partnership-for-Excellence funded agreement between the University of Auckland and Government to support the growth of the bio-industry.

Visit them at http://www.biotech.co.nz/

Affiliates

NZBIO

NZBIOs vision is for the growth of a prosperous New Zealand bioeconomy

NZBIO is a member-based organisation which acts to Enable an Effective Environment for Successful New Zealand Bio Enterprise.

It aims to achieve this purpose through four strategic objectives:
1.    Develop and advocate government policy relevant to bio enterprise;
2.    Provide members with relevant services that achieve positive impact on their performance;
3.    Be a thought leader on bio enterprise for the national good; and
4.    Promote New Zealand’s bio enterprise capability and opportunities globally.

Visit NZBio at http://nzbio.org.nz/

University of Auckland: Faculty of Science

Velocity

Established in 2003, Velocity (formerly Spark) was inspired by similar competitions at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, MIT $100K) and The University of Cambridge (Cambridge University Entrepreneurs). Based on their success, Velocity was established to foster an entrepreneurial culture and commercialise the host of innovative ideas developed within The University of Auckland for the benefit and prosperity of New Zealand.

Velocity is a student-led initiative, in partnership with The University of Auckland Business School and business incubator The ICEHOUSE (International Centre for Entrepreneurship). Velocity is supported by its Gold Sponsors: Auckland Uniservices Limited, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development, Return On Science, in addition to its Silver Sponsors: Peter Yealands Wines, Alleasing, Fonterra, and Hudson Gavin Martin.

Visit Velocity at http://velocity.auckland.ac.nz/

University of Auckland: Faculty of Science

The Postgraduate Students’ Association is an incorporated society dedicated to strengthening the postgraduate community at the University of Auckland. The Association is run by a Board of volunteer representatives from each faculty across the University.

The PGSA was instrumental in setting up the SPARK challenge, a competition now run by The University, and was responsible for initiating Exposure – the Postgraduate Research Exposition Competiton. Exposure is held annually across all faculties within the university of Auckland.

Visit PGSA at http://pgsa.org.nz

Global Biotech Revolution

The global bio-economy is growing steadily as it develops new business models and technologies. However, it faces challenges in investment, government policy and research commercialisation that could make or break the future industry. Young bioleaders are isolated in regional clusters and often solely focus on self-career development, lacking the connection to global challenges and thinking innovatively about their contribution.

Global Biotech Revolution’s (GBR) vision is to create a network of young and current bio-leaders who grow and support each other’s ideas and knowledge, and think innovatively on growing the global bio-economy through collaborative ventures.

GBR is a not-for-profit that connects biotech think-tanks, industrial leaders and research pioneers to young bio-leaders of tomorrow. GBR is solely led by young passionate and engaged researchers, students and professionals from across the world. We engage key stakeholders through physical and online platforms that initiate and build future global conversations and collaborations.

Visit GBR at http://globalbiotechrevolution.com/

Chiasma Wellington is the capital branch of a national student-led non-profit organisation that fosters connections between university students and the science and technology industries in New Zealand. As the capitol branch of Chiasma we cultivate strong relationships with Science Ministries and the many Crown Research Institutes in the greater Wellington region. We nurture science innovation, entrepreneurship and inter-disciplinary networking by hosting networking events throughout the year. We hold regular “Career Catalyst” workshops for additional skills. We want our student members to become confident, industry-savvy scientists with a wealth of industry and inter-disciplinary contacts.

Meet The Wellington Team

Saul Ramsay

CEO
Hamish Dunham

Hamish Dunham

Industry Liaison

Brooke Nicholls

Secretary

Caitlin Hearn

Events Lead

Catlianna Evans

Marketing Member

Demelza Robinson

Marketing Member

Sponsors

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington has a unique and proud history as a world-ranked capital city university.

Our connections and influence—both here and overseas—are strengthened by this capital city status, providing opportunities for staff and students internationally, and helping us take New Zealand’s perspective to the world.

Through excellent teaching, research, scholarship, public service and entrepreneurship, we are committed to shaping New Zealand’s national identity and to fostering a better world. We are here to lead thinking on the major questions confronting New Zealanders.

Central to our mission is the cultivation of creative capital—the capacity of individuals and communities to imagine—to express new possibilities through creative activity. This is the genius behind art, music and writing. It is also the curiosity and insight that finds new solutions to complex social and environmental issues. It is the entrepreneurship that establishes new businesses. It is leadership, innovation and inspiration.

The quality of a university’s staff and students determines its success. At Victoria, our teachers are committed to developing the knowledge, competencies and personal attributes of their students, with an eye to their future. For students, the quality and the relevance of your experience at Victoria and the career opportunities that result will be second to none.

Visit them at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/

Wellington Careers and Employment

Wellington Careers and Employment Logo

Wellington Careers and Employment connect you with employers and the community, help you develop your skills and launch your career with confidence.

We are your dedicated careers service, assisting you with the exploration of career ideas and the career implications of subject choices, to details of specific jobs, employers, or postgraduate courses.

Our active employer engagement team have strong collaborative relationships with local, national and international employers and communities.

Our experienced teams provide a wide range of services and support to students, graduates, employers and staff.

Visit them at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/careers

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is a national network of leading New Zealand scientists. The institute leverages strengths across the country and internationally, working collaboratively utilising a programme-based approach to undertake harder, higher level research that drives innovation and economic growth in and for relevant New Zealand industries.

While the Institute is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, our Investigators work throughout New Zealand. Named after Alan MacDiarmid, whose curiosity and determination saw him awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the MacDiarmid Institute was New Zealand’s first Centre of Research Excellence.

Visit them at http://macdiarmid.ac.nz/

Wellington, New Zealand

WellingtonNZ is the economic development and promotions agency for the Wellington region.

Visit them at https://www.wellingtonnz.com/

Meet The Dunedin Team

Bridget Lamont

CEO

Francesca Hills

COO

Palak Shrivastava

Operations Manager

Alana Hampson

CFO

Jack Turnbull

Events Executive

Lydia White

Events Executive

Flaminia Draper

Marketing Team

Stella Fish

Marketing Team

Emily Stewart

Business Executive

Kotaro Kamata

General Executive
Joshua Signal

Joshua Signal

General Executive
Maria Larsen

Maria Larson

General Executive

Sponsors

Pacific Edge

pactific_edge_logo

Pacific Edge Limited is a cancer diagnostic company specialising in the discovery and commercialisation of diagnostic and prognostic tests for the better detection and management of cancer. Their expertise spans bioinformatics, cancer genetics, clinical pathology, molecular oncology, and technology commercialisation. Pacific Edge is currently developing, commercialising, and globalising its Cxbladder® suite of genetic biomarker based bladder cancer diagnostic tools, through its wholly owned central laboratories in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the USA. As it stands, the company has four proprietary, novel, accurate, molecular diagnostic products in-market that provide actionable clinical results for detecting and managing urothelial cancer.

Visit them at https://www.pacificedgedx.com/

Genetics Otago

Genetics Otago is a University of Otago Research Centre formed in 2009 to unite its wide-ranging expertise into New Zealand’s primary genetics research centre. It provides a platform for collaboration and networking between its 300 members engaged in genetics-related disciplines, as well as engaging with the public, media, and policy makers about how genetics contributes to and impacts New Zealand. Their cutting edge research drives innovation across the agricultural, conservation, and medical sectors, and their mission is to invest in their staff and students to improve skills and foster both domestic and international collaborations.

Visit them at https://www.otago.ac.nz/genetics/index.html

The University of Otago

Meet The Manawatū Team

Sam Lockwood-Geck

CEO

Ruby Roach

CFO

Sophie Burling

COO

Ben Westberry

Industry Lead/secretary

Daniel Carlise

Events/Mark

Ella Moffat

Events/Mark

Kellie Gosper

Events/Mark

Sponsors

Massey University

We are a world-leading university with a reputation for caring and a commitment to our people and places. We are inspired by our name Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa.

We embrace diversity, talent and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally.

We began in 1927 as a small agricultural college in Palmerston North. Under our first principal, Sir Geoffrey Peren, we widened our range and enhanced our reputation. Sir Geoffrey retired in 1958, and in 1964, we became a full university. In the last 40 years, we have continued growing, to become New Zealand’s largest residential university, spread over three cities. We’re also New Zealand’s leading university for online learning.

Visit them at https://www.massey.ac.nz/

Massey Ventures Ltd

Massey Ventures Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Massey University, and is the vehicle for managing the University’s commercial investments. Our exclusive responsibility for the commercialisation of intellectual property vested in the university spans every stage of the commercialisation process, from inspiration and encouragement within the university environment, to development and support that translates to material economic benefit.

Visit them at http://masseyventures.co.nz/

Universal College of Learning

The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is a government funded Institute of Technology and Polytechnic with four campuses across the North Island of New Zealand.

Our campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa and Levin offer programmes of study from certificate to post graduate degree level. Our six career doorways of study are:

Health & Science / Arts & Design / Business & IT / Chef Training & Hospitality Beauty & Hairdressing /Trades & Technology

Our facilities include a SIMLAB in our nursing department, and a new state of the art $10 million Regional Trades & Technology Centre. At UCOL we believe in the importance of industry connections and and providing internships and practical hands-on experience for students.

Visit them at https://www.ucol.ac.nz/

Meet The National Team

Team Members

Rory Besaans

National CEO

Current Research Technician at Riddet Institute

Vishwa Jani

National COO

Current Project Coordinator at Counties Manukau DHB

Amy Lee

Amy Lee

National CFO

Helen Hong

National CMO
Lois Gregory

Lois Gregory

Alumni Engagement Manager

Kai Man Yuan

Partnership Manager
Archita Verma

Archita Verma

Internship Coordinator

Sebastian Woollard

Internship Coordinator

Ella Reshef

Brand Manager

Kesaki Somal

Content Manager

Carl Tang

Systems Manager

Advisors

Jessica Chiang

Industry Liaison & 2018 Auckland CEO

Current CEO at BioFab NZ

Lillian Kuan

Chair of Alumni Advisory Board & 2008 Auckland CEO

Current Purchasing & Finance Officer at WOOP

Auckland

The University of Auckland is the founding home of Chiasma, which was born from the hard work and vision of three PhD students. This hard work and vision is shared by all 29 students which proudly make up the Chiasma Auckland team. Chiasma Auckland is also home to our National team, which seeks to continue spreading Chiasma and the Chiasma effect across the country.

Meet The Auckland Team

Executive Team

Sammy Choudhery

CEO
Kianna Legg

Kianna Legg

COO
Michael Allison

Michael Allison

Treasurer

Industry Team

Greta Holland

Industry Team Lead

Alchae Cansana

Industry Team

Josh Shi

Industry Team

Naman Thapar

Industry Team

Sejal Bhan

Industry Team

Tushaal Kumar

Industry Team

Marketing Team

Bismah Mahmood

Marketing Team Lead

Emily Phan

Marketing Team

Nabeel Hassan

Marketing Team

Adela Plakic

Marketing Team

Systems Team

Kabilan Kathiravel

Tech Team Lead

Events Team

Daniel Xu

Events Team Co-Lead

Jen Lim

Events Team Co-Lead

Amandeep Kaur

Events Team

Ethan Daugherty

Events Team

Sachin Bharamappa

Events Team

Sponsors

University of Auckland: Business School

Our aim is to be one of Asia Pacific’s foremost business schools – to develop graduates, knowledge and ideas that enhance the productivity, growth and global competitiveness of New Zealand enterprise.

In order to achieve this vision, the faculty will:

  • Propagate the Business School’s entrepreneurial mindset across the University.
  • Develop a new curriculum – one that is flexible and scalable, that focuses specifically on innovation and commercialisation, and which builds an entrepreneurial mindset to support the transformation process.
  • Forge visionary partnerships with business and investment communities to ensure that the experiential learning opportunities that are essential to real learning about wealth creation are available to all who wish to embark on this journey.
  • Research and improve the process of getting ideas to markets – whether it be in entrepreneurial start-ups, owner-managed or family-owned businesses, or large corporations.
  • Support the transformation with infrastructure and resources to unleash its enabling power.

Visit them at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/business.html

University of Auckland: Faculty of Science

The faculty is the largest and most highly ranked science faculty in New Zealand offering a wide range of subjects and specialisations to more than 7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying across 10 different schools and departments.

Visit them at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/science.html

University of Auckland: Faculty of Medical and Health Science

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our local, national and global communities through excellence in teaching, research and service.

Over the past three years we have opened the award winning AMRF Medical Sciences Learning Centre – Whakaaro Pai, seen significant enhancement of our Advanced Clinical Skills Centre at Mercy Ascot Hospital, and commissioned a suite of new teaching rooms and a large integrated teaching facility.

In 2009, the faculty opened the Centre for Brain Research, one of the largest neuroscience research facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. These resources will enable our students to fully experience the rewards of learning and researching in a world-class academic, medical and health sciences environment.

Visit them at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/fmhs.html

University of Auckland: Faculty of Medical and Health Science

Uniservices

We partner with the best minds at the University of Auckland to apply intelligent thinking to ideas that have the potential to change the world.

Together with our partners, we look to the future, imagine the possibilities, and innovate for public and private good.

For over 30 years, we’ve collaborated with hundreds of organisations on thousands of projects in New Zealand and around the world.

At UniServices, our imagination knows no bounds. Our team, backed by the full resources of the University of Auckland, is dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives.

Visit them at https://www.uniservices.co.nz/

Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology

The Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) works in close association with the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Auckland, and focuses on industry partnerships to accelerate innovation and develop new models of bioscience enterprise training. The IIB was launched in June 2006 and operates under a Partnership-for-Excellence funded agreement between the University of Auckland and Government to support the growth of the bio-industry.

Visit them at http://www.biotech.co.nz/

Affiliates

NZBIO

NZBIOs vision is for the growth of a prosperous New Zealand bioeconomy

NZBIO is a member-based organisation which acts to Enable an Effective Environment for Successful New Zealand Bio Enterprise.

It aims to achieve this purpose through four strategic objectives:
1.    Develop and advocate government policy relevant to bio enterprise;
2.    Provide members with relevant services that achieve positive impact on their performance;
3.    Be a thought leader on bio enterprise for the national good; and
4.    Promote New Zealand’s bio enterprise capability and opportunities globally.

Visit NZBio at http://nzbio.org.nz/

University of Auckland: Faculty of Science

Velocity

Established in 2003, Velocity (formerly Spark) was inspired by similar competitions at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, MIT $100K) and The University of Cambridge (Cambridge University Entrepreneurs). Based on their success, Velocity was established to foster an entrepreneurial culture and commercialise the host of innovative ideas developed within The University of Auckland for the benefit and prosperity of New Zealand.

Velocity is a student-led initiative, in partnership with The University of Auckland Business School and business incubator The ICEHOUSE (International Centre for Entrepreneurship). Velocity is supported by its Gold Sponsors: Auckland Uniservices Limited, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development, Return On Science, in addition to its Silver Sponsors: Peter Yealands Wines, Alleasing, Fonterra, and Hudson Gavin Martin.

Visit Velocity at http://velocity.auckland.ac.nz/

University of Auckland: Faculty of Science

The Postgraduate Students’ Association is an incorporated society dedicated to strengthening the postgraduate community at the University of Auckland. The Association is run by a Board of volunteer representatives from each faculty across the University.

The PGSA was instrumental in setting up the SPARK challenge, a competition now run by The University, and was responsible for initiating Exposure – the Postgraduate Research Exposition Competiton. Exposure is held annually across all faculties within the university of Auckland.

Visit PGSA at http://pgsa.org.nz

Global Biotech Revolution

The global bio-economy is growing steadily as it develops new business models and technologies. However, it faces challenges in investment, government policy and research commercialisation that could make or break the future industry. Young bioleaders are isolated in regional clusters and often solely focus on self-career development, lacking the connection to global challenges and thinking innovatively about their contribution.

Global Biotech Revolution’s (GBR) vision is to create a network of young and current bio-leaders who grow and support each other’s ideas and knowledge, and think innovatively on growing the global bio-economy through collaborative ventures.

GBR is a not-for-profit that connects biotech think-tanks, industrial leaders and research pioneers to young bio-leaders of tomorrow. GBR is solely led by young passionate and engaged researchers, students and professionals from across the world. We engage key stakeholders through physical and online platforms that initiate and build future global conversations and collaborations.

Visit GBR at http://globalbiotechrevolution.com/

Wellington

Chiasma Wellington is the capital branch of a national student-led non-profit organisation that fosters connections between university students and the science and technology industries in New Zealand. As the capitol branch of Chiasma we cultivate strong relationships with Science Ministries and the many Crown Research Institutes in the greater Wellington region. We nurture science innovation, entrepreneurship and inter-disciplinary networking by hosting networking events throughout the year. We hold regular “Career Catalyst” workshops for additional skills. We want our student members to become confident, industry-savvy scientists with a wealth of industry and inter-disciplinary contacts.

Meet The Wellington Team

Saul Ramsay

CEO
Hamish Dunham

Hamish Dunham

Industry Liaison

Brooke Nicholls

Secretary

Caitlin Hearn

Events Lead

Catlianna Evans

Marketing Member

Demelza Robinson

Marketing Member

Sponsors

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington has a unique and proud history as a world-ranked capital city university.

Our connections and influence—both here and overseas—are strengthened by this capital city status, providing opportunities for staff and students internationally, and helping us take New Zealand’s perspective to the world.

Through excellent teaching, research, scholarship, public service and entrepreneurship, we are committed to shaping New Zealand’s national identity and to fostering a better world. We are here to lead thinking on the major questions confronting New Zealanders.

Central to our mission is the cultivation of creative capital—the capacity of individuals and communities to imagine—to express new possibilities through creative activity. This is the genius behind art, music and writing. It is also the curiosity and insight that finds new solutions to complex social and environmental issues. It is the entrepreneurship that establishes new businesses. It is leadership, innovation and inspiration.

The quality of a university’s staff and students determines its success. At Victoria, our teachers are committed to developing the knowledge, competencies and personal attributes of their students, with an eye to their future. For students, the quality and the relevance of your experience at Victoria and the career opportunities that result will be second to none.

Visit them at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/

Wellington Careers and Employment

Wellington Careers and Employment Logo

Wellington Careers and Employment connect you with employers and the community, help you develop your skills and launch your career with confidence.

We are your dedicated careers service, assisting you with the exploration of career ideas and the career implications of subject choices, to details of specific jobs, employers, or postgraduate courses.

Our active employer engagement team have strong collaborative relationships with local, national and international employers and communities.

Our experienced teams provide a wide range of services and support to students, graduates, employers and staff.

Visit them at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/careers

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is a national network of leading New Zealand scientists. The institute leverages strengths across the country and internationally, working collaboratively utilising a programme-based approach to undertake harder, higher level research that drives innovation and economic growth in and for relevant New Zealand industries.

While the Institute is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, our Investigators work throughout New Zealand. Named after Alan MacDiarmid, whose curiosity and determination saw him awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the MacDiarmid Institute was New Zealand’s first Centre of Research Excellence.

Visit them at http://macdiarmid.ac.nz/

Wellington, New Zealand

WellingtonNZ is the economic development and promotions agency for the Wellington region.

Visit them at https://www.wellingtonnz.com/

Dunedin

Meet The Dunedin Team

Bridget Lamont

CEO

Francesca Hills

COO

Palak Shrivastava

Operations Manager

Alana Hampson

CFO

Jack Turnbull

Events Executive

Lydia White

Events Executive

Flaminia Draper

Marketing Team

Stella Fish

Marketing Team

Emily Stewart

Business Executive

Kotaro Kamata

General Executive
Joshua Signal

Joshua Signal

General Executive
Maria Larsen

Maria Larson

General Executive

Sponsors

Pacific Edge

pactific_edge_logo

Pacific Edge Limited is a cancer diagnostic company specialising in the discovery and commercialisation of diagnostic and prognostic tests for the better detection and management of cancer. Their expertise spans bioinformatics, cancer genetics, clinical pathology, molecular oncology, and technology commercialisation. Pacific Edge is currently developing, commercialising, and globalising its Cxbladder® suite of genetic biomarker based bladder cancer diagnostic tools, through its wholly owned central laboratories in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the USA. As it stands, the company has four proprietary, novel, accurate, molecular diagnostic products in-market that provide actionable clinical results for detecting and managing urothelial cancer.

Visit them at https://www.pacificedgedx.com/

Genetics Otago

Genetics Otago is a University of Otago Research Centre formed in 2009 to unite its wide-ranging expertise into New Zealand’s primary genetics research centre. It provides a platform for collaboration and networking between its 300 members engaged in genetics-related disciplines, as well as engaging with the public, media, and policy makers about how genetics contributes to and impacts New Zealand. Their cutting edge research drives innovation across the agricultural, conservation, and medical sectors, and their mission is to invest in their staff and students to improve skills and foster both domestic and international collaborations.

Visit them at https://www.otago.ac.nz/genetics/index.html

The University of Otago

Manawatū

Meet The Manawatū Team

Sam Lockwood-Geck

CEO

Ruby Roach

CFO

Sophie Burling

COO

Ben Westberry

Industry Lead/secretary

Daniel Carlise

Events/Mark

Ella Moffat

Events/Mark

Kellie Gosper

Events/Mark

Sponsors

Massey University

We are a world-leading university with a reputation for caring and a commitment to our people and places. We are inspired by our name Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa.

We embrace diversity, talent and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally.

We began in 1927 as a small agricultural college in Palmerston North. Under our first principal, Sir Geoffrey Peren, we widened our range and enhanced our reputation. Sir Geoffrey retired in 1958, and in 1964, we became a full university. In the last 40 years, we have continued growing, to become New Zealand’s largest residential university, spread over three cities. We’re also New Zealand’s leading university for online learning.

Visit them at https://www.massey.ac.nz/

Massey Ventures Ltd

Massey Ventures Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Massey University, and is the vehicle for managing the University’s commercial investments. Our exclusive responsibility for the commercialisation of intellectual property vested in the university spans every stage of the commercialisation process, from inspiration and encouragement within the university environment, to development and support that translates to material economic benefit.

Visit them at http://masseyventures.co.nz/

Universal College of Learning

The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is a government funded Institute of Technology and Polytechnic with four campuses across the North Island of New Zealand.

Our campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa and Levin offer programmes of study from certificate to post graduate degree level. Our six career doorways of study are:

Health & Science / Arts & Design / Business & IT / Chef Training & Hospitality Beauty & Hairdressing /Trades & Technology

Our facilities include a SIMLAB in our nursing department, and a new state of the art $10 million Regional Trades & Technology Centre. At UCOL we believe in the importance of industry connections and and providing internships and practical hands-on experience for students.

Visit them at https://www.ucol.ac.nz/

National

Meet The National Team

Team Members

Rory Besaans

National CEO

Current Research Technician at Riddet Institute

Vishwa Jani

National COO

Current Project Coordinator at Counties Manukau DHB

Amy Lee

Amy Lee

National CFO

Helen Hong

National CMO
Lois Gregory

Lois Gregory

Alumni Engagement Manager

Kai Man Yuan

Partnership Manager
Archita Verma

Archita Verma

Internship Coordinator

Sebastian Woollard

Internship Coordinator

Ella Reshef

Brand Manager

Kesaki Somal

Content Manager

Carl Tang

Systems Manager

Advisors

Jessica Chiang

Industry Liaison & 2018 Auckland CEO

Current CEO at BioFab NZ

Lillian Kuan

Chair of Alumni Advisory Board & 2008 Auckland CEO

Current Purchasing & Finance Officer at WOOP