Bio-technology: the growing Wellington industry

People sitting in the audience at the Life Science Summit at Shed 6 in Wellington.

Humble Bee Bio has discovered a specific bee’s nesting material has many plastic-like properties. By re-creating this in the lab they are hoping to provide a biodegradable alternative to plastics. This could end the reliance we have on disposable plastics, benefitting the environment. If Humble Bee is successful, its bioplastics will have multiple uses across currently plastic-based products, including sustainable textiles and upholstery.

Hot Lime Labs uses world-leading CO2 capture technology to produce clean and sustainable CO2 from waste wood. This allows commercial greenhouse growers to reduce their carbon footprint, be more cost-effective, and provide a green alternative to traditional fossil-based sources of CO2. Currently capable of converting wood waste into CO2, the Lower Hutt based company hopes to widen its biomass scope. They are looking to apply the technology to deal with crop waste and waste oils as well.

Victoria University of Wellington is home to Inhibit Coatings. Their innovative technology uses smart chemistry to permanently bind antimicrobial silver to materials. It’s highly effective, non-leaching, and non-toxic. This means the coatings can be used on medical instruments and implants. In the world of medicine where the risk of infection can be high, these coatings may be able to reduce risk and make for safer procedures.

Those exciting developments are only three of many in the city. BioTechNZ. WellingtonNZ and CreativeHQ have joined forces to showcase ten local achievements. ‘Only in Wellington – A Touchdown Event’. is an evening of short presentations covering their latest accomplishments. There’ll be a Q&A session following the short presentations so you can find out more.

When: 10 March 4.30 – 7.00
Where: Creative HQ, 7 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Cost: $50 for the general public (free for Life Sciences summit delegates and NZTech members)