NZ bioscience celebrates its innovators

NZ bioscience celebrates its innovators

Aroa Biosurgery has been named as New Zealand’s Bioscience Company of the Year and AgResearch principal scientist Dr Nick Roberts as the leading Biotechnologist at the 2015 NZBIO Conference Awards at Te Papa, Wellington.

A scientist now based in New York, Dr Shivali Gulab, has been chosen as the Young Bioscientist of the Year.

Aroa Biosurgery (Aroa) is a privately held company based in Auckland, which has developed Endoform™, a novel extracellular matrix biosurgery platform for soft tissue repair and reconstruction.

Dr Will Barker, CEO of NZBIO, says Aroa is targeting the international biosurgery market with its Reinforced Bioscaffold portfolio for abdominal wall reconstructions, including complex hernia. 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.

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