Our People

Meet some of our team leaders

Nidish Nair (CEO, Director)

Nidish joined Biocell in 2011 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 achieved his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology with First Class Honours, and is an alumnus of the University of Auckland where he completed his Master of Engineering with First Class Honours, and an MBA.

He works closely with the Biocell team and clients, and focuses on lean manufacturing and commercialisation strategies. He is passionate about biotechnology and the positive impact it can have on our health and environment.

Dr Max Shepherd (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. 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.

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, as well as in sterile vaccine production in clean room environments.