Updated on 20 March 2013
The judges commented that Dr Griffiths has gone from an outstanding record of doctoral and postdoctoral research in Europe to making a significant contribution to scale up and development of bioprocesses for a leading New Zealand company.
"Dr Griffiths is an acknowledged world leader in a complex area of science and has recruited and led an excellent team of scientists as the company grows rapidly," the judges said.
Dr Slim says while there is plenty of young talent about and the emerging companies who were finalists were good companies, NZBIO is concerned that the pipeline of emerging bioscience companies is less than what it has been in the past 10 years.
"New Zealand's innovation is celebrated internationally and its entrepreneurs have attracted foreign investment," said Dr Slim. "With the limited pool of capital beyond the first couple of stages of development in New Zealand, it is vital for our companies to retain NZ support if they are to realise the potential of their technologies internationally."