Dr Alec Foster

Dr Alec Foster

Portfolio Leader Bioproducts and Packaging, Scion

In his role at Scion, Alec has hands-on knowledge of working with New Zealand companies to create, manufacture and use bioproducts.

Working towards a circular bioeconomy, his team use synthetic biology and other tools to replace petrochemical products with more sustainable solutions.

Before joining Scion, he led one of Europe’s largest synthetic biology programmes, developing new materials with genetically engineered microorganisms. With more than 40 patents and experience working with world-leading biotech companies, Alec brings a unique insight into the science, materials, and technologies of the future.

Peter Dearden

Peter Dearden

Professor, the University of Otago, Co-director, Genomics Aotearoa

Manya Sabherwal

Manya Sabherwal

National Account Manager, Cytiva

Jai Denton

Jai Denton

Director - Crop Biotechnology Policy, CropLife Australia

Mark Piper

Mark Piper

CEO, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research

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