Professor, the University of Otago, Co-director, Genomics Aotearoa
Investment Committee Member, Booster
Melissa Yiannoutsos, Innovation Fund Manager, Booster NZ Since January 2021, Melissa has led innovation fund investments at Booster NZ – a Kiwi-owned fund manager and government-appointed KiwiSaver provider. She manages the publicly listed Booster Innovation Fund (NZX: BIF) –which allows Kiwis to invest in early-stage New Zealand companies that originate out of New Zealand’s universities, research institutes and the private sector. BIF has multiple investments in start-ups, developing medical and life science solutions. With close to 25 years professional experience in science commercialisation and investment for both the public and private sectors, she has worked with seed VC funds, in healthcare start-ups and with research institutes. She has first-hand start-up experience at both an executive and governance level, building start-ups and has been involved in every aspect of translating research into products, and getting these to international markets, and remains hugely passionate about supporting entrepreneurs who drive significant change with new world approaches to global issues.