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High Commission of India and Prestige for Margaret Brimble

May 2018

As part of the growing relationship between the University of Auckland and India, Dr Sudip Ray and Ms Adeline Le Cocq from the Biocide ToolBox team met with Sh. Sanjiv Kholi, High Commissioner of India in Wellington.

Also this month, congratulations to Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, the first New Zealand woman to be elected as a fellow to the world's oldest and most prestigious scientific academy, the Royal Society of London. The same week, Margaret was also awarded the UK Royal Society of Chemistry's 2018 George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy, for developing a novel innovative chemistry platform for the development of cancer vaccines. 

International Science Reviewer and Achievements

November 2017

Professor Paul Williams of the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, recently visited the Biocide ToolBox to perform a 3-day science review at the mid-point of the MBIE contract. Paul is a Professor of Molecular Microbiology and a Welcome Trust Senior Investigator in the School of Life Sciences, with an international reputation.

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic was a recipient of the Fellowship of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.


PhD student Chloe Cho had her manuscript published in the prestigious Biomacromolecules journal.

Queenstown Research Week and New CI PhD Student

September 2017

Biocide ToolBox researchers participated in the National Symposium of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance at the Queenstown Research Week - A/Prof Simon Swift, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, microbiology technician Janesha Perera and PhD students Ethan Lowry and Shilpa Saseendren Nair presented their work.

Also, Biocide ToolBox has just kicked off its third Callaghan Innovation supported industrial PhD project, which will see Lakshini Fernando work on Enhanced Coating Technology in Pre-painted Steel, as the contamination of colour bonded steel roofing over time with biological organisms and other environmental pollutants is a major global problem.

Natural Health Products NZ Suppliers' Day & Industry Placements

August 2017

On the 16th of August, Natural Health Products NZ held their 2nd annual Suppliers’ Day in Auckland. BTB Project Manager - Commercialisation Adeline Le Cocq gave a sector by sector presentation of the Biocide ToolBox programme, and discussed funding options (Callaghan Innovation) for business to invest in collaborative research. 

She also gave an overview of opportunities whereby Industry could sponsor “Project Manager for Industry” (PMI) placements, research opportunities subsidised by the BTB programme to access PhD qualified researchers to investigate challenging technology issues that fall within the Biocide ToolBox’ scope.

Student Award and New Website

July 2017

Presenting Shilpa's PhD project about "Biocide Options to Control the Transmission of Pathogens" by applying environmentally-friendly, non-toxic biocides to surfaces. Her project targets harmful pathogens in hospital environment, for safer surfaces such as bed rails, bench tops, toilet seats, door handles, etc.


Congratulations to PhD student Chloe Cho for winning the best poster award at the 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) which was held in Singapore last month.


Also released this month: Biocide ToolBox new website version 2.0, with a fresh modern new look!

International Partnership and New Student

June 2017

Biocide ToolBox researchers Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble (School of Chemical Sciences) and Dr Patrick Cahill (Cawthron Institute) were recently successful in procuring $78K from the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Catalyst fund, for a project entitled “Short Peptides as Marine Anti-Fouling Agents”.


We would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Thomas Grant to the Biocide ToolBox. Thomas will be starting his PhD under the supervision of D/Prof Brimble (along with co-supervisors A/Prof Svenson, Dr Cahill and Dr David Rennison), working in the area of marine antifouling.

Connecting with Industry and Visit to India

March 2017

The Biocide ToolBox Commercial team attended the 2017 annual NZ Bio Summit held in Nelson on the 30/31st of March. The conference themes were stated as collaboration, connectivity and innovation within the Sector. 

BTB also attended the NZ Food Summit (Food Safety and Compliance) held in Auckland on the 29th March. 


Dr. Sudip Ray is one of the Senior Researchers at Biocide Toolbox, and recently visited India to initiate and explore the possibilities of research and commercial collaborations, sponsored by both BTB and the MPPT (Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust) International Travel Award. 

AMN8 Conference and Dr Walt Wheelwright's Farewell

February 2017

This February, several Biocide ToolBox staff members and students participated in AMN8, the eighth in a biennial series of meetings that focus on the latest research in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. It was held in Queenstown from 12-16 February 2017. As with previous conferences, this event included a range of presentations, cutting-edge talks, interactive presentations and social events.


The Biocide ToolBox also said goodbye to Dr Walt Wheelwright, who was in charge of chemistry related technical work in the programme. Walt is moving on to a new job, and the Biocide ToolBox team wishes him well in his future endeavours.

2016 Retrospective and International Student

January 2017

*** Happy New Year 2017! ***

In the Biocide ToolBox we try to keep abreast of important findings and other events that might influence what we do. As we start 2017, Associate Professor Simon Swift has reflected on some of the stories from the scientific and popular 2016 press that he found both interesting and important. 

Also, after completing his 5 months internship under the supervision of Professor Ralph Cooney, Biocide ToolBox farewells MSc student Karsten Parison, who will soon head back to Germany to finish his degree.

Radio NZ interview and seasons greetings

December 2016

PhD student Charlotte Vandermeer presented her project on extraction of tannins from wine waste and packaging to Radio New Zealand. You can find the full article by Justin Gregory and the audio interview on the Radio NZ website.

** The Biocide ToolBox team wishes you a Merry Christmas! **


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