Dr Will Barker New NZBIO CEO

August 2014

Biotechnologist and patent attorney Dr Will Barker has taken on the job of leading NZBIO, New Zealand's principal independent organisation representing the full breadth of interests across the biotechnology sector.

Prior to joining NZBIO, Will spent 6 years as VP External Affairs at LanzaTech, where he led the global commercialisation activities. Those activities included the implementation of a market dominant patent strategy, negotiation and securing of high value partnerships with global Fortune 500 companies and closing financing transactions in excess of $100M.

Since arriving in NZ in 2000, Will has held Post-Doctoral research positions, investigated methamphetamine laboratories and had time to train as a registered patent attorney. Will’s PhD is in synthetic chemistry from the University of Leicester in the UK..

Barker replaces Dr George Slim whom contributed strongly to the organisation’s 11 year history.