Biotech firm toasts fruity fatbuster

The ancient alchemists of yore spent their lives trying to turn worthless lead into gold. Marlborough-based biotech company New Zealand Extracts is pursuing the modern day equivalent – with considerably more success.

The company, which leases land from a winery, takes discarded fruit skins and seeds and transforms them into high-end health and beauty products.

After 10 years of research and production, and many millions of dollars, it’s on the verge of something big; specifically, the obesity epidemic.

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