OUR PEOPLE

Dr Max Shepherd (Managing Director),PhD (Calgary), FNZIC FRSNZ

Max Shepherd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He was formerly a senior lecturer in biochemistry and then was appointed Foundation Professor in Experimental Oral Biology at the University of Otago. Over time he has published more than 100 original articles in international journals and contributed to numerous books and reviews.

A former member of the NZ Government Biotechnology Taskforce, and, The National Research Advisory Council, Max was awarded The New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal and the 2002 New Zealand Biotechnology Prize.

Nidish Nair (General Manager)

Nidish Nair joined BioCell in 2012 and has since been involved in diversifying BioCell’s capabilities from a specialist vaccine manufacturer into areas of fermentation and sterile chemical injectable manufacturing. Nidish has a first class Bachelors in Technology with specialisation in biotechnology and is an alumnus of the University of Auckland where he completed his Master of Engineering studies with First Class Honours. He works closely with the BioCell team and focuses on lean manufacturing and process optimisation strategies. He is very passionate about biotechnology and the positive impact it can have on our environment.

Mr Bruce Poletti (Site, Plant and Equipment Manager)

Bruce Poletti has been involved in the manufacture of animal veterinary medicines for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in fermentation technology and the production of biological antigens from fermentation technology and in sterile vaccine production in clean room environments.

Julie Bannin (Quality Co-ordinator )

Julie obtained a Bachelor of Technology qualification from Massey University, majoring in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering. She has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology industry with varied roles in manufacturing of animal vaccines and cell culture media. She has also worked as a GMP consultant with various manufacturing companies producing dietary supplements, and health products. Julie plays a key role in ensuring the products manufactured at BioCell are of the highest standard.

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