Hot Lime Labs works to increase crop yields

Hot Lime Labs is developing clean CO2 technology for commercial green-houses to increase crop yields using low carbon renewable energy sources. Hi-tech greenhouses currently produce $35B of crops per annum and are growing at 4x four times the rate of general traditional horticulture. Many growers use CO2 gas has distinct benefits for growers as it…

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Mastaplex raises $720k for mastitis diagnosis and treatment recommendation product

Mastaplex’s product provides dairy farmers with mastitis diagnosis and antibiotic treatment recommendations and is currently being sold to farmers in New Zealand and Australia via vets. Bovine Mastitis is an inflammation of the udder caused by one of several bacteria. It results in reduced milk yield and quality for the afflicted cow (a significant cost…

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An update on Upstream Medical Technologies

Currently, a large number of patients present to emergency departments each year with chest pain. Only one in eight actually has a life-threatening condition. Causes for this pain are many; heart, lung, gastrointestinal, bone, muscle and nerve problems. With this large proportion of patients presenting annually, physicians require rapid and accurate methods to determine which…

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Engender acquired by a global livestock corporate

Pacific Channel portfolio company Engender Technologies has been acquired by a global corporate with significant existing operations in New Zealand. Engender was co-founded by the University of Auckland and Pacific Channel in 2011. Engender has developed a unique cell sorting technology with the potential to replace flow cytometry in number of applications. It is an…

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CertusBio Features on Newshub

Earlier in the week, Pacific Channel portfolio company CertusBio was recognised by TV3’s Newshub. CertusBio’s lead product, Milk-Guard, is the first real-time interference-free biosensor monitoring device aimed at the dairy processing industry. The biosensor detects lactose and milk in dairy processing wastewater and puts control in the hands of process operators to dramatically reduce processing loses. CEO Matthew…

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Upstream seeks US$5m to fund upcoming 1,000-person trial

Upstream Medical Technologies has developed a biomarker-based diagnostic test to rule out the risk of imminent heart attack for the significant number of people presenting at hospital with chest pain. The test is designed to identify those patients who are suffering from unstable angina, as opposed to chest pain resulting from other causes. Patients with unstable angina…

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Pacific Channel participates in Techlaw Program

Technology law firm Simmonds Stewart has just launched a technology focused internship programme for law students in conjunction with Auckland University Law School. The programme offers law students paid intern positions at companies involved in the high-growth tech sector. Pacific Channel is one of five companies that are participating by hosting an intern. The aim…

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NZeno – Hitting the sweet spot in xenotransplantation

NZeno is a kiwi company aiming to supply pig kidneys suitable for human transplantation. The company is applying novel gene editing technology to unique high-health status New Zealand pigs whose kidneys would be more acceptable by the human body after surgery. Behind this groundbreaking company are the renowned scientists who founded NZeno; Dr Paul Tan,…

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Living Green Group hires a new CEO and secures cornerstone investor

Living Green is a New Zealand formulator, manufacturer and marketer of ‘next generation’ eco-friendly home products. These products, which are fully natural and effective, range from baby care and hygiene to personal care including skin, body and even treatments for fabrics, clothing items, and homes. The company has recently hired Grant Leach to lead the…

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Regen Raises Over $1m

Regen is a Agtech start-up that provides specialist software services to farmers for daily, accurate nitrogen, water and effluent irrigation recommendations. The company has just secured ~$1.1m of investment, which was underwritten and led by Pacific Channel. It now seeks a remaining $400k on the same terms to close its $1.5m investment offer, which would close…

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