NZ bio scientist is nominated for world technology award

The World Technology Network has announced the nomination of New Zealand scientist Nathan Balasingham for a prestigious 2013 World Technology Award in the Individual Biotechnology category.

The media statement says Nathan Balasingham joins an exclusive club of global corporations and scientists who are deemed by members of the WTN to be doing the “most innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance”.

The statement said:

Nathan Balasingham graduated from Massey University with a Masters Degree in Horticultural Science with 1st class honours. He is an entrepreneurial scientist with 40 years product and market development success.

Nathan has made some outstanding contributions to the development of the kiwifruit industry. In the late 70’s he researched and registered several pesticides specifically for use on kiwifruit. In 1983 he initiated the transformation of the kiwifruit industry from exporter controlled to grower controlled management body. In the mid 80’s Nathan was involved in research on Bacterial Bud Rot.

He is the inventor of Kiwi Crush, the award winning iconic kiwifruit drink., and, perhaps most significantly, the inventor of the phytogenic elicitor Agrizest, now an important part of the management of the PSA disease in New Zealand and Italian kiwifruit orchards, and which ultimately is expected to have a large impact on sustainable global agricultural productivity.

The World Technology Awards have been presented annually since 2000 to honour those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields.

Nominees for the 2013 World Technology Awards were selected by the WTN membership (spread over 60 countries) through an intensive, global process lasting many months.

Balasingham has spent the last 40 years as an entrepreneurial scientist.

From his base at Pukekohe, Balasingham said he was honoured to be elected as an associate of the world Technology Network, which gives him direct access to the most innovative scientists and technologists around the world.

“For the Agrizest and Biozest technology to be peer reviewed and nominated by this global community of people in science and technology is priceless” he said.

The winners of the 2013 World Technology Awards will be announced at the Time-Life Building in New York City on the evening of November 15 at the close of the 12th Annual World Technology Summit on November 14/15 and presented by the WTN in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and others.

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